I am a teacher of 4th graders, and a parent.
It's very hard for us to comprehend the tragedy that struck the Newtown, Connecticut community. The taking of lives, let alone so many little ones, is senseless and unnerving. It strikes us as educators at the very core of our responsibility to provide a safe environment for the children in our care. As teachers, we naturally put yourselves in the position of those educators and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We know in our hearts and minds how we would react to protect God's children, the young people we teach and love as if they were our own.
May the parents of the victims and all the survivors, and the children, staff that will eventually return to this school find solace. So I just want to offer the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Our thoughts and prayers for all!!