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Newtown library flooded with grief books after school shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) In the weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults, thousands of books have arrived at the town’s public library from all over the country — from authors, publishers, and ordinary people buying multiple copies of books on that they had found helpful in their grief. By Ann Marie Somma.


Gandalf and Goodness–today

I love spiritual mentors, wise old souls that see beyond, see that something in us that we don’t see in ourselves.      I love Yoda, love Dumbledore, love Gandalf. The Gandalf character has grown on me, bit by bit. In the Hobbit movie, there is a line that really spoke to me. He disagrees with his old friend (not yet nemesis) Saruman, about their views on how to confront evil. Here is what Gandalf says:

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.

COMMENTARY: Suffer the children

(RNS) As news about shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., began to spread last week, I could hear the gun lobby’s spin-masters kicking into high gear. Don’t “politicize” a tragedy in order to deprive people of their constitutional rights, went the line. Our hands weren’t on those triggers. Unless politicians summon previously unseen courage to face down the makers of assault rifles and high-powered pistols, 100-round clips and so-called “cop killer” ammo, the weapons industry could receive another free pass. As Newtown joins Columbine and Aurora and other communities in the unique agony of massacres by guns, the weapons industry will continue to profit handsomely from arming Americans intent on murdering their families, their neighbors, strangers at malls and theaters, college students and little children — not to mention rival gang members, store owners, police officers, and politicians.