By Most Rev. Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton

This picture shows one of the panels on the holy door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. I have always loved it, and it speaks beautifully of the Good Shepherd reaching out to save the lost. That's the reason for hope.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Every Heart Broken

Twenty innocent children murdered, alongside six adults who no doubt tried to protect them. The news leaves us in shocked disbelief. Even though we may have not known the children or their families, our hearts weep.

This senseless tragedy also awakens within us a powerful desire to reach out to the families in solidarity, compassion and love. There is no more effective solidarity than prayer. When we pray we are one with the suffering and grieving. And so we lift the children and their families to God, who we know weeps with them and us.