A New Beginning. Life in the Aftermath of a Massacre.

Sunday, February 17, 2019
4:30 PM | AUDITORIUM, Ground FLOOR

 Leon Wyczółkowski,  Spring in Gościeradz , oil on canvas, 1933

Leon Wyczółkowski, Spring in Gościeradz, oil on canvas, 1933

Witnesses by Fr. Peter Cameron, OP, director of formation of Hard As Nails Ministries, Dawn Ford, surviving educator in the Sandy Hook massacre, and Jenny Hubbard, mother of Catherine Violet, murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre

Very often, in front of a terrible tragedy, our instinct is to look away or to come up with quick solutions so that the unspeakable horror will never happen again. However, deep down we know that such problems are not easily solvable because evil cannot be completely eradicated, neither in ourselves, nor in the other. Therefore, in front of evil, a more urgent and real question is: How can we live with what already happened? How can you begin again? Where do you start from?

There are some people who cannot evade this question, and cannot take refuge in the endless debates about what to do. They are those who have been directly hit by the loss of a loved one, by the direct experience of senseless violence. Not only do we need to look at them in order to learn how it is possible to go on living in the face of tragedy, but, paradoxically they may also be the ones who can think most clearly about what can be done, for the simple reason that the experience of a great suffering makes them painfully aware of reality in all its complexity and depth.

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