I awoke this morning to the news of the massacre at Ft. Hood.
It brought me back to the terrible events of 11MAY09, when we had five murders at the Combat Stress Center on Camp Liberty in Iraq. I was the first Chaplain into the building after it was secured.
It was awful. The experience remains vivid and immediate. I continue to pray for all involved.
I'm very grateful that friends of mine who go to a lot of AA and Al-Anon meetings have told me that this was an experience of undeniable and profound powerlessness. They have encouraged me to use their Twelve Steps -- which work on any powerlessness -- on this situation.
They are very wise, those friends of mine.
I cannot begin to imagine the chaos and horror of what happened this time in Texas. Having been deployed with many people from Ft. Hood while I was in Iraq, and knowing many who are still there in Iraq, far from their families and friends, I find myself beset by an inexpressible sadness and longing.
But this is about powerlessness, too.
There is a solution. There is One who has all power.
I am not that one.
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ