Horror in Connecticut: Innocence lost
Peter Johnson, Jr. and Monsignor Robert Weiss weigh in
- Duration 5:50
- Date Dec 15, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. and Monsignor Robert Weiss weigh in
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Till then new town coming together last night to remember the lives that were lost there the young lives.
As well as grown -- says they try to find comfort in faith and in god and for that -- this story we now go to Peter Johnson junior who is.
Live there in Newtown Connecticut -- -- -- Good morning it was a -- cold but beautiful sunrise Newtown Connecticut this morning.
From saint rose of Lima parish to the general store there were tears in people's eyes and there were tears in the parish in the church as -- my daughter and I lit candles.
For the deaths and the memories of the children and adults lost here in this town.
Our guest this morning -- monsignor Robert Weiss who's the pastor of the church here good morning -- -- you -- you later -- thank you.
Tell us about the pain in this town.
One young child was to be an Angel in the Christmas pageant at saint rose of Lima.
Another child you had to tell but how how -- is sister died yet to break the news tells though what you're feeling about what your parishioners in this -- -- feeling.
On this day.
You know this community is an incredible community and -- -- -- choose to live here because it's all about families it's all about being together and supporting each other.
This has just -- in the heart of the whole town to see these these twenty innocent children these adults senselessly taken from us.
The spirit in this town is very very having in the reality of this event is is really starting to settle -- Having -- with many of the families throughout the day and and early this morning you realize that life has just changed forever.
And you hope that out of all this this bad this some kind of good will come and you know pray god with faith and with Pope will be able to support -- each other.
In terms of faith and hope what do you tell what did you tell -- little boy.
About the death of his sister at the hands of a mad man.
You know it started talking with him and he said to me and I don't have anybody -- play with anymore and I've lost my best friend.
And I I said to him you know that the God's gonna send you some wonderful new friends you don't have to be afraid and you're always have your sister in your heart.
And I said -- don't have to worry because she's very safe because she's with god.
And we talked a little bit about what heaven was like and he realized that she was going to be happy that she was going to be safe bet.
It was surely after that he just broke down into tears.
And it's about safety and -- and I know leave decided in your parishes decided to go forward with a live nativity pageant tonight.
Tonight after the 530 Manson right at the in the -- -- man will come into the church and say that there is a star.
Over the stable.
And the church will proceed out.
To the stable to -- they activities in this town was so proud that they were getting camel for that nativity -- scene and they will look at that baby Jesus.
When your -- looked at the baby Jesus.
In that crash.
What does it say about all the babies that were lost here what's the message.
In for we're not gonna be looking for that one star are going to be looking for these new twenty stars to.
You know that that light that -- over crisis gonna shine over these families as well these little -- -- angels now.
I think tonight when they reflect on on this Christ child being born that he did bring us hope.
That even in the -- of the worst times of life that he's ever present to us and I'm hoping that that's a message -- can take away from tonight.
You know that there is still a reason the hope there's still -- reason to hold on.
These soundness of other children that they have to continue to raise.
And I'm just hoping that the strains that nick comes on the Christ child will be at that these families with these parents.
A teacher said yesterday that one of the children said as she was protecting them from what -- -- is certain death.
I don't wanna die -- just wanna have Christmas.
And so the innocence of these children is really articulated.
In that statement.
This is a tough thing for you and your strong man and you're one of the great priests.
According to a -- cardinal -- here in -- -- Connecticut it was the bishop here.
How do you stay strong and how do you get -- the message out in the way that that helps me.
In I'm taking a lot of stray from these parents.
In five of the watching them sit there yesterday and other breaking down and lights -- are going emotional moments.
There is such a bond of affection and love for these children and an affection and love for each other.
It draw a lot of strength from that even in their times -- greatest weakness announcement Saint Paul tells us in -- some weakness that we find our strength.
In a -- in my faith was not shaken by this I have my faith in humanity is always shaken when things like this happen the children can.
Trust being in -- school where they should be safe and happy and has someone who has has such severe issues of this man to just come -- and take that away from them.
And we're very worried about the -- children's fears and anxieties after a yesterday.
But we're hoping that this season Christmas so kinda renews some of that and then and then after they return to school to field a little bit better in love with safer.
Well as communities in good hands with you and with a loving parents and so we wish you well on behalf of America.
Thank you for doing what you're doing and we will all wish the people in Newtown healing and faith in peace.
Thank you very much thing you know Martin Luther King said that death is not a blind Alley but an open door and it's hard to get that message across to some of the people I spoke to a new town.
This morning but we can hope against hope that the light of Christmas shines through.
On this beautiful little town that's been wracked by pain.
And tears and tragedy on this cold day.