"At a time of such great distress we turn to Jesus, who is with us always, even in our most difficult moments, and extends His healing graces in the midst of our pain. We pray for those who lost their lives today, trusting that they have been received into the presence of the Lord, for their families and for all who are impacted by this national tragedy. Coming together with genuine care and concern for all people, we will find the strength to support one another going forward, confident that there is no darkness that can overcome the light of Christ” (Cardinal Seán, Roman Archdiocese of Boston).
After a loss, grief is the natural process of recovery. From losing a job to death of a loved one, it is important to learn how to process feelings in a health way. A panel of experts is joined by Terry Cogdon, a father whose daughter was tragically killed, as he offers insights into working through the emotions of grief (Second Opinion TV, Published October 25, 2012).
Resources: Grief, Loss and Healing
- Grief and Loss
- Death of a Child: Catholic Books at Amazon.com
- Grief (Secon Opinion-TV)
- Grief: Coping with Reminders After Loss (Mayo Clinic)
- Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death and Grief
- I Will Remember You: My Catholic Guide Through Grief
- The Dougy Center: National Center for Greiving Children and Families
- TLC Institute - Supporting professionals and communities with trauma-informed practices.
- How to Help Your Child Deal with Tragedy (Better Parenting)
- Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in Aftermath of School Shootings (HealthyChildren.org)
- Reacting to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (American Psychological Association)
- The Response to, Coping with and Healing Process in Reaction to School Violence [Parents, Children, First Responders and Volunteers] (MADD)
- Music to Facilitate Reflection
- Practical Examples of Coping and Healing
- The Department of Homeland Security offers funding, training, and resources to enhance school safety
- Gavin de Becker and Associates
Holding Jesus: Reflections on Mary, the Mother of God
Deepen your devotion to the Blessed Mother with this unique look at Mary’s relationship with her son throughout Jesus’ life - and beyond. Fr. McBride invites us to know Mary not only as the young mother of a newborn but also as the nurturer and caretaker of her son through his adolescence and into his adult ministry. We see Mary in grief at Christ’s death, and we meet her as the mother of the infant Church at Pentecost.
"For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).
Te lucis ante terminum
To thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That, with thy wonted favour, thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.
From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Withhold from us our ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.
O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.