Truth in Tragedy: a few quotes

When the news is full of explosions and violence and death, in America and across oceans, it is difficult to know how to respond.  Always, there should be mercy and heartbrokenness for the heartbreak of the world, but without falling into despair.

A friend recently shared a line from W. B. Yeats' poem Stolen Child:


And I am also thinking about J. R. R. Tolkien's words:


This is why I love stories, reading them and writing them and telling them.  Because, to steal a final quote from G. K. Chesterton, 


And the best of news is that, despite the thrashing of the dragon that continues in his dying throes, despite the havoc wrecked on the world, the victory has been won and full and final redemption is coming.

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