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Remembering the Newtown Massacre One Year Later

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

December 14, 2013
Star painted with word hope seen on poll in Newtown, Conn.
One year ago today, 20 children were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Life will never be the same for the families, friends and loved ones of those innoncent people who lost their lives so violently. At the center of the tragedy was the pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Msgr. Robert Weiss.  He baptized many of those who died one year ago, and buried them in a series of heart wrenching funerals that continued until Christmas 2012.  Msgr. Weiss continues to be an instrument of healing and peace for all those who mourn and for the entire world. As gun violence continues to plague the United States, in particular, let us pray for an end to senseless killings and massacres.  Let us pray that those who desire to kill and destroy life may be converted to the ways of peace. Let us pray for those who mourn the loss of innocent lives.  Let us pray for Msgr. Robert Weiss and all those like him who comfort, console, heal and reconcile our brothers and sisters who mourn and grieve the loss of their loved ones.
Lord God,
source and destiny of our lives,
in your loving providence
you gave us the children of Newtown
to grow in wisdom, age, and grace.
One year ago you called them to yourself.
We grieve over the loss of those so young
and struggle to understand your purpose.
Draw each of them to yourself
and give them full stature in Christ.
may they now stand with all the angels and saints,
who know your love and praise your saving will.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
During the 131st Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, Father Thomas Rosica CSB sat down and spoke with Msgr. Robert Weiss, Pastor of St. Rosa of Lima Parish in Newtown, Connecticut about the ongoing process of healing.
CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters
A star painted with the word hope is tacked to a poll in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 13. Newtown’s First Selectman Pat Llodra asked the media to stay away and give the townspeople “the time to be alone and quiet" on the Dec. 14 anniversary of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Six adults and 20 children were killed by gunman Adam Lanza.