Remembering Newtown on Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Angels hang from a tree outside of St. Rose Church in Newtown, Conn., after the deadly shooting at nearby Sandyhook Elementary School. Angels hang from a tree outside of St. Rose Church in Newtown, Conn., after the deadly shooting at nearby Sandyhook Elementary School. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The value of gift giving and receiving leads us inevitably to think about the value of Christmas itself. Christmas is, of course, meant to transcend any specific gift and commemorate somehow all of human experience.

On this Christmas Day that will be the challenge or perhaps miracle for people experiencing an incalculable grief in Newtown, Connecticut, less than two weeks after the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, priest for pastoral and community care at at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City, says he has consoled many families during past Christmas holidays. He says making sure to just be there, in the presence of those suffering, is a gift in itself.

Guests:

Reverend Mark Buzzuti-Jones

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Robert Zantay from New York city

Reverand Jones said some very nice things and I'm sure he is a very sincere person, but sincerity is no guarantee for truth.
I have noticed that none of the "men of god" of either of the Biblical religions want to put the blame for evil where it belongs.
Jesus said "The thief (Satan) comes but to steal, to kill, and to destroy, I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundant".
Evil does exist, if you believe in God, and his Word (the bible) then you
know exactly where evil comes from. There is an army of fallen angels which are now called demons. They exist with us here on earth. The word says "If you resist the devil, he will flee from you". People who live the kind of life style that prevents them from resisting the demonic forces, people who don't control their thinking, these are the people who are used by the "dark side" to do the stealing, killing and destroying. God has given us all free will, he can't break his own laws and intervene. Free will is a great gift, but also the biggest of responsibilities. Why the "men of God are afraid to speak the word and instead say things like "There is no answer" is very puzzeling to me.

Dec. 25 2012 04:13 PM

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