Senseless death

May God grant great strength to the families of those who died in the awful and senseless killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence – a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent?  How could you tolerate all this?  In silence, then, we bow our heads before the endless line of those who suffered and were put to death here; yet our silence becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the living God never to let this happen again.

— Pope Benedict XVI, Auschwitz-Birkenau, 28 May 2006

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