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Left reeling

Theologian offers points of reflection on attack

The attack on America has left us reeling. Nothing we can say can match the enormity of our situation. All we can do is try to orient ourselves in the tragedy so we can go forward. I will just list some points of orientation that I hope will be helpful.  

The first task is pastoral. Our nation suffers grief and loss. We cry, over and over, as we hear interviews of the relatives showing their photos of lost loved ones, or watch clips of the destruction. We need to talk and talk and talk. It's dangerous to go home and pull a sheet over our heads. Children, especially, need to talk.


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