All of us are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragedy in Newtown.  Our first recourse is to pray in union with all at St Rose of Lima Parish in that village.  This latest senseless violence should also call us to examine our own consciences.  Do we nurture hated in our hearts toward anyone?  Do we resort to violence ourselves either verbal or physical?  Do we treat everyone with respect?  Do we cherish and love children and the elderly.  Do we promote peace and harmony at home, school, place of work and in our communities.  Do we follow God’s commandments?  May God give eternal rest to those who died and ultimate consolation to those who mourn.  Amen