It seems that we just start recovering emotionally from one mass shooting and another occurs – this time at the Navy Yard in Washington, D. C. The latest news is that thirteen, including the alleged shooter are dead and as many more are injured.
If you are a rational person as I believe I am, it must be hard for you to wrap your mind around this senseless violence. The suspect is described as a Navy veteran with “mental problems”. That he had some unresolved issues is obvious from his actions today.
The media will spend a significant amount of time over the next few days describing the details of the shooting as things are sorted out. We will hear about possible motivations on the shooter’s part. We will learn more details of his life than most of us want to know. And after all is said and done, twelve victims will still be dead and twelve families will mourn their tragic, untimely passing.
At times like this, I have to turn off my rational self and try to find some solace in what has always been my escape when confronted with chaos. That something is music. So I spent a good portion of today listening to music. That always helps to settle my disturbed thoughts. I would like to share one of those pieces with you, music by the Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins from his work, “The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace.”
The portion of the Mass that I have selected is the Benedictus – “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”
I hope that peace and safety are with all of you.