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An undying memory


By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

Every year at this time I draw a blank when writing this weekly letter to you.  That’s because there’s a blank space inside of me as I recall the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre which occurred four years ago, on Dec. 14, 2012.

My friends’ daughter was among the teachers who died that day. Rather than write that tragedy I invite you to do what I’m doing. Think. Feel, perhaps even grieve. Pray. Trust more deeply in God. And be OK with being at a loss for words. If we don’t stop to briefly re-experience such events as if they happened earlier today then we risk becoming deadened to the reality of violence. And if that day ever comes we really will have reason to grieve – not only for others but for ourselves.

All God’s blessings – Mark


Mark Azzara

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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