Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?

Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil, December 16, 2012

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Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil, December 16, 2012

In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you’ve looked out for each other, and you’ve cared for one another, and you’ve loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered. And with time, and God’s grace, that love will see you through.

Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil, December 16, 2012