On Friday, December 17, 2012, Newtown, CT was hit with the second deadliest school shooting in US history.

The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, took his mother’s life before opening fire on Sandy Hook Elementary, ultimately killing 20 small children and six adult women.

Our nation is stunned, racked with grief and outrage and confusion.

I don’t want to wax poetic about surviving in the aftermath of such a tragedy; there are far more qualified people for that. I have, however, collected a few quotes I think can be helpful as we try to move forward.

  • Grief: “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” – Earl Grollman
  • Hate and Love: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Fear and Faith: “If fear is cultivated, it will become stronger; if faith is cultivated, it will achieve mastery.” – John Paul Jones
  • Strength: “We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Action: “Stand up for what we need to be, ’cause crying won’t save or feed a hungry child.” – Dave Matthews Band

Are there any quotes, thoughts, or meditations that are helping you get through this devastating time?