There are so many places where the the sad things roam. It seems that everywhere we look there is evidence of our brokenness, of the fall. It becomes too much to bear. Everyone has an opinion on how to handle it best. Some are so convinced that this is real that they refuse to bring children into a world so repleat with suffering. Some take their own life. Some see the suffering as inevitable and proof of an absent, uncaring deity.
I suppose the Christian response to all this Veltschmertz is to strive to love they neighbor a little harder or for the melancholy to long for the coming of the Kingdom. Maybe we will mutter a few more kyrie eleisons. Maybe you will quit watching the news and reading the paper as I have.
Fr. James Early of St. James' [sic] Kids posted this from Fr. Lawrence Farley not too long ago and I think it is worth sharing:
If our Lord had not founded the Church, if our Lord had lived and taught and died and rose again and there was no Church, then you would not have the salvation that we have today. You would have, not the Church, but you would have Jesus’ words being simply a philosophy. It could take its place among the great philosophies of the world.