Ripping the Veil

I wish I could explain what happened in Newton, CT.

I wish I could be assured there was a reason, or purpose.

But I can’t.

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All I can say is what I know.

I know there are good people in this world. I know there are bad people in this world.

Evil does not have a conscious. It does not think, or plan, or consider.

It just does.

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I don’t believe it comes from bad parenting, video games, or laws.

It just is.

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Evil invades the most precious places of our souls. It robs us. It mocks us. It pits us against each other, and it knows no boundaries.

No one is safe.

Not even innocent children.

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Evil is not here or there. You can’t find it on a Google map.

It has no address.

Only existence.

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It will ply into every crack it can, to squeeze and twist every piece of our heart.

To make us weak. To make us give up.

And it hurts.

It hurts deeply, and tragically.

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So I am sorry that I can’t offer you an explanation of why things go wrong, or why bad things happen……

All I can offer you is my truth…..I believe… day…….evil will be defeated.

For good.

Because as much as it takes away….it can not steal our hope and faith.

Hug your children, pray, and grieve, but please……

……don’t ever forget and don’t ever give up.

We Remember Them…

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them;

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We remember them;

In the opening of buds and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them;

In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autumn,
We remember them;

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them;

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them;

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them;

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them;

So long as we live, they too shall live
For they are now a part of us as
We remember them.

from Gates of Prayer,
Judaism Prayerbook

13 thoughts on “Ripping the Veil

  1. This is a very powerful post Angelia…very compassionate. All day I have been reading about this MONSTER that caused these deaths. But I have to wonder. Once he too was a baby…a boy…a son…what made him do this unspeakable act. And I find pity for him and his family as well. The world has sadly become a place where acts such as these are no longer out of the norm and I wonder what has caused it and where do we go to reverse it. Such a sad tragedy for so many.


  2. “Evil invades the most precious places of our souls. It robs us. It mocks us. It pits us against each other, and it knows no boundaries.” These words rang so true in this excellent post of yours.

    We must never stop working to defeat evil.

    I have printed this beautiful quote from Gates of Prayer. It has tremendous meaning to me and I thank you for it.


  3. A truly beautiful tribute.
    Where do we got to hide, be safe, run from it? Do we live in fear no matter where we go? I’m scared. Do I need to live in a state of perpetual fear? For me? For my family? I want to hope. Hope that things will turn around. That I can walk the streets like I did when I was a kid, no worries, not looking over my shoulder. I am flabbergasted by the lack of conscience that invades society today. The lack of respect for life. What the hell? Just what the hell!


  4. Is there a “love” button?
    I always try my best to spread good. Talking to an old man walking in the street why he is alone. Picking up a hitchhiker in the middle of the night!!! Volunteering to service homeless people on my birthday. Helping out at our local hospital.
    I know that evil is around us. I know that people need help.
    It’s those good deeds that makes me see humanity, and makes me forget monstrosity. The heinous crime sure is deep, it’s sad, and it really makes us question the world we are living in.
    I AM a gullible person to believe that there’s good to all of us. Incontrollably, I can only hope that good wins everytime.
    Angelia, I thought I have heard the best from you. Your words shine here. Even the way you present it, your powerful words, the images, even the quotes. A very solid post.


  5. Beautiful words and images…You expressed yourself powerfully and with eloquence. I’m still in shock over what happened. I spent a few hours that day awaiting a text message from my best friend who lives in Connecticut because I couldn’t remember the name of the school her boys attend. They are all fine but there are many families who are not fine and won’t be ever again. I’m not a mother and I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a child but I can imagine there are very few things that are worse than a loss like that.


  6. I have no explanation either. I’m not even sure I believe in evil as a force. No one who is sane commit such horrors. It just seems impossible. You have to be OUT OF YOUR MIND. I do believe in the force of good. All I can do is try to contribute good and notice the good that others contriubute.


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