Movie massacre: How do we comfort victims of tragedy?
Father Jonathan Morris weighs in
- Duration 4:49
- Date Jul 21, 2012
Father Jonathan Morris weighs in
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It's been more than 44 hours since the first shots were fired in the tragic events that took place.
In theater nine in Aurora Colorado as we learn more about the victims' stories.
We pray they can find the strength to carry on and find some explanation for all of this.
Thank us now Fox News -- contributor Father Jonathan Morris father it's wonderful to have you with us this morning where do we even begin trying to.
Move forward and make sense of this.
Yeah I remember that the very first time I had to confront grief I was in thirteen years old and my grandmother.
Had died and we are going to see my grandfather the next morning.
And I was nervous.
As a teenager what to say to grandpa.
And I remember my dad said something very simple he says it doesn't matter what you -- -- long as you say something.
And that I think was is a great lesson that.
India and there are no explanations in this moment.
We give theological explanations and yes they matter but not right now not for -- the families of these victims we have to be there to pray with them to hug them to be fair to say.
And I think.
I think our actions right now.
Are part of God's plan for being there to console.
He's greeting people.
Father what what's your experience say they say there's no atheists in foxholes EC people around tragedies they -- to the Bible it turned to god -- you know and say.
Help me understand this do they stayed out debate -- do you have them for life then from their forward.
I don't completely agree with agree with that statement because it's sure that there are people who in the midst of tragedy simply can't believe and we have to respect that is well.
But I am sure that the churches in a roar that will be filled tomorrow.
On Sunday morning in the midst of this tragedy people in masks will be looking for guys will be looking for answers will be looking for consolation.
And that's very good news -- believe.
-- are speaking to Rick -- about this a few minutes ago and he's you know I I remember very clearly.
It's similar shooting way back in 1984 -- a McDonald's in California he said he's been going on long before.
It even seems like column buying.
So instead of looking at this as a way that our society is breaking down and everything is going wrong.
It's not necessarily that it's just they were so immersed in and cable news like ourselves and Twitter and FaceBook.
Do you feel like there's a rush to say society has broken down entirely especially in this country.
Rick is there a is a wise man is as easy as you or did tonight I think you're right that.
That you we can't say that you know therefore the society's and a spiral.
Downhill may -- it it is but this is not proof of that.
What we have here are is somebody who was on the edge somebody who has been disenfranchised who's been disconnected.
Full of anger.
And maybe there -- more people like that but that does not indicate that there for society is a disaster.
-- -- feel like that right now but let me tell you.
That in the midst of of all of this that's going on that were so immersed -- We also have great opportunities say that we never had before.
To reach out to communicate I just took my phone but five minutes ago and I sent out a tweet and I -- that FaceBook.
What are -- what are your words people to the families and the victims and and and dozens and dozens of people are saying I wanna save this to them.
I want to say this is new technology.
New opportunities to be close to be present to console.
And we can thank god for that too.
-- we had Governor Huckabee on.
A little while ago he said that when he confronted a similar shooting Rampage when he was governor -- what happens the next step is the rage if people are angry.
And we heard from the father of the six sure old girl who was killed he wanted revenge.
What do you tell people who feel angry this morning.
You know first of -- -- it completely human.
And there are different stages there's the disbelief.
That's there's the shock there's the anger and there's the deep sadness.
And the way in which we confront that is society come together at the lowest possible level begin with families then beginning with.
Civic organizations and churches and then.
All of us individually just saying we're going to be there for U as you walk through these stages.
I'm we have a great opportunity we -- the hands and feet of Christ I believe right now for these victims in order to get them through those stages.
-- lot of -- -- thank you very much sheriff.