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And one week until Christmas this is supposed to be one of the most joyous times of the year but for many those feelings are being overshadowed now.
By overwhelming grief and sadness after the school shootings in Connecticut.
So -- -- those families is archbishop of New York Timothy cardinal Dolan.
Correction might make you good to be with Houston and Brian thanks for the invitation in so many people are reaching out to people just like you.
Because they're trying to make sense of what happened but they're also digging deep.
If they're people of -- To try and find out how to move on what is your tax.
They are and you know it's so inspirational Gretchen is you you almost see in this tragedy somewhat similar to what we saw here in New York after sandy.
You see almost -- -- neat spontaneous.
Openness to the divine.
When people don't know worlds ago they turn to god -- -- in the and the Bible when saint Peter said Jesus lord worlds -- gonna go.
You when you won't have the words of everlasting life.
I don't mind admitting that I don't know what to say a lot either.
And it it's sometimes a -- Mother Teresa comes back to me that Mother Teresa so there are two languages that -- always understands.
And we've we've all been reduced reduced to tears and very often silence is eloquent.
As we simply stand with those people you you can almost feel a national embrace -- and the national sob.
Through tears and silent so we're standing with them.
And god is present there we need a little Christmas don't we -- -- time of the year it is a tough time and I understand that as soon as you heard the news last Friday and you picked up the phone well I caught there's two people -- wanted to call the pastor monsignor Robert Weiss who has just done amazingly well the pastor of saint rose of -- there had to funerals yesterday -- and the other clergy have as well he -- obviously that I would most would most know and and be attentive to.
And also see the diocese of Bridgeport our neighbor is now about -- -- So wanted to call the we -- the administrator who's kind of the pinch hitter until -- Holy father signs a new bishop and I wanted to called -- Just to say what can I do more if you just let to let people know that this whole new York community loves you and embraces you and -- ready.
I have a I -- -- rather somber.
Yet sacred -- tomorrow we're having the funeral because one of the teachers Andrea Murphy.
Her folks she wrote in -- and she's a wonderful Catholic she.
Here you know she did this -- teachers and even in the -- -- -- -- young boys have waited by the name of dealing with with autism died in her arms and Hanley was comforted by the fact that he did not die alone and apparently.
Who under her words other students and she died with Dylan and trying to protect your kids.
Out of that out of it's terrible bleakness and darkness you do see these rays of light to launch it which of course is what Christmas is all about -- that in the middle of the night the darkest night and -- -- the darkest nights of the year with the sun at the bottom after December 21.
The star the light the angels' message the birth of the messiah so do we ever need a little Christmas now.
-- -- I'm wondering as the cardinal and charged to.
To -- come up to UNC went away said in an -- leaves -- continue to -- with the -- -- we we have -- we've pastors that we're we're very much like physicians we will Hubble very often you know like they will decide how would you handle this case -- what do you think we ought to do look at these charts here look at these -- -- -- we'll do that a lot to.
And very often becomes for us Brian and location of personal faith because sometimes we'll say I don't know what to say can help me out here.
I find a lot of solace sometimes even in in consulting with with clergy of other -- you know to talk to rabbis how are you handling this because.
At our church service happens to be presbyterian on Sunday -- minister said he was intellectually.
Vacant -- -- You know he sometimes doesn't have the answers yes and so we did your silence -- -- you to handle for each.
Victim beautiful and said prayers.
Saying nothing and that's remembering is exactly what you're saying.
Yeah I've I've often said when we say as a whole nation -- I don't know what to say that in itself is beautiful state that's a profound act of faith what do what how do you assess.
Mean how do you make -- that well once again I mean is that pure evil that that's that's evil that's diabolical.
You know -- very popular word these days but that decision it is said that the root of the of biblical religion.
Is is the fact that men and women are fractured deep down inside yourself wrong there's who wound there -- god -- his mercy and grace wants to heal that.
And it usually does -- but boy oh boy deep down inside there is -- wound that we call original -- That shows itself periodically and such tragic conditions situations is this -- -- there are a lot of people out there who suffer from Asperger's and related ago autism who who -- not evil and deprive future in this country right now we just don't have a lot of options for the parents who have the children who -- there's still there's still some there's still a stigma attentions are still people that are reluctant to seek to treatment there's still people who are in denial.
And like you incidents either so still people that want some help -- may be unable to afford it or it's not available her.
God can bring good out of evil right so maybe one of the things he's going to bring out of this.
Is is a growing national sensitivity.
To those who were struggling with these with these maladies for those of us who may not be able to make it the same pats on Christmas Day what your Christmas messages for this well and top you -- yes you you about it when you look at all the stuff you you know we still got sandy.
We got people using words like cliff when it comes to to our economics we got rumors of war again in the mideast we've got the enemies of ours who now possess nuclear weapons.
We've got the Mayan calendar telling us that we might even have the into the world and now we've got this unspeakable horror in Newtown.
I mean -- I don't mean to be flippant here we -- Christmas Christmas is all about hope.
Christmas is all about like Christmas is all about the cosmic battle that has waged forever between light and darkness good and evil life and death.
And guess what life winds light winds goodness wins at Christmas it's -- messages Easter by the way so that's what we and we need it now to hear that more.
And -- and -- -- describing the toughest question yet.
For a Mets fan how do you have hope -- -- -- -- -- You know have you ever heard a devotion distinction that crack everybody up I think as selection options.
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Are you gonna do that Christmas Day so blessed Christmas -- everybody --
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