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Everything is Different Now

 

 

Our blogs haven’t been regular since the shootings at Aztec High School.  Like most of the community, we are still trying to come to some terms with the aftermath of the tragedy, and the several tragic school shootings since.  And like many, we are emotionally tired.  We’ve been spending more time just being quiet.

Kirk Siegler, a reporter from National Public Radio, spent several days in Aztec last week for a follow up on how the community is doing 3 months after the shooting at Aztec High.  I had the pleasure of meeting with Kirk, sharing contacts, and hearing what he has learned about the continuing impact on our students and community.  You can listen to his report on Morning Edition for March 12, and again on All Things Considered

We’re fortunate that Kirk and NPR committed to a following up on our community, because how we, and other communities recovering from tragedy, move forward (or don’t) is very important.

What is for sure is that we will never be the same.  Every student is changed.  So are all staff at the high school, the families of our 3 dead youth, and our community.  This is a defining moment, and we have an opportunity, as individuals and collectively, to determine who and how we will be going forward.  Courage and love are required.  Our hearts and minds have been tempered by a collective tragedy, and together we can reach for a kinder more compassionate future.

 

 

A Prayer for the World

 

 

Hafiz, a 14th century Persian poet wrote the following wise words.  I post them here because, unbelievably, a bomb threat was called in today at our local middle school.  All is fine now, but that anyone would seek to re-traumatize our youth, at any time, but especially now as our  community is still in shock from the shootings of Casey and Paco, speaks loudly of where we need healing as a community and as humanity.

May Hafiz’s words give hope.

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height
of their arc of anger

because we have finally realized there is just on flesh to woulnd
and it is His–the Christ’s, our
Beloved’s.

I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as
we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way
to even a greater being of soul,

a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play
with Him.

I have come into this world to hear this: every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in
the Divine’s womb and began spinning from
His wish,

every song by wing and fin and hoof,
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock,

every song of tool and lyre and flute,
every song of gold and emerald
and fire,

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity
to know itself as
God;

for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching–
only imbibing the glorious Sun
will complete us.

I have come into the world to experience this:

men so true to love they would rather die before speaking
an unkind word,

men so true their lives are His covenant–
the promise of
hope.

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men’s hands
even at the height of their arc of
rage

because we have finally realized there is just one flesh
we can wound.

by Hafiz, 14th century Persian poet

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Unity from Tragedy

Unspeakable events in our small community occurred yesterday with the shooting death of 2 Aztec high school students, Casey and Francisco, also called Paco. Last night’s vigil was a way to come together.  It is important to remember that we are never alone.  We are not alone in our sorrow, we are not alone in our confusion, we are not alone in our healing.  We have each other; we have the Divine.  To the unfathomably grieving families, we offer our love, hope, and prayers.  To the confused and sorrowful students, we offer comfort and safety.  To our shocked and grieving community, we offer togetherness.  To Governor Martinez, first responders, law enforcement, teachers and Aztec High School staff, we offer our gratitude.

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