The shooter as well as several of the victims of yesterday’s tragic massacre at Virginia Tech are graduates of my children’s school district. I know people who know them. My twelve-year-old watched a video featuring holocaust survivors in his history class yesterday. At just about the same time he was watching the video, one of the survivors, Professor Liviu Librescu, was giving his life to save his students.
Perhaps it was a blessing that yesterday we were without power due to the wind storm so I wasn’t inundated with information about this horrific event. Today I feel overwhelmed as the enormity of the loss sinks in. As I drive around town I get all teary eyed every time I see a Virginia Tech bumper sticker. I don’t know if the person in the other car is intimately connected to the shootings. I wonder if he or she is grieving. I keep offering a silent prayer, just in case.
I mentioned below that my son was waiting to hear the fate of two of his friends. Prayers are answered and they are physically safe and sound. Emotionally, it will be a while before any of us are really sound.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, VA will be hosting a Holy Hour to pray for the victims as well as their family and friends this Sunday evening at 7:30 pm. Please join us in prayer. It is really the most powerful response we have.