It is so doubly shocking that this carnage happened in Charleston -- a beautiful, gracious city full of wonderful people and community. A city that is really very safe and where people know each other.
The city and it religious and secular leaders have handled the situation well and everyone seems to be of one mind that this aberration, this purely evil event will not tear apart the people of the most beautiful city in the South.
While my heart grieves for the lives lost and the lives ruined by this unconscionable act my heart also sees the strength and dignity and love that the people there have for each other and for the city. Mayor Riley handled things well and now it is time for healing to begin.
Evil does not trump true faith, true love, true goodness of spirit or true community.