A Time to Reflect


Finals are finally over and the last of Duquesne’s students are on the road back to a break filled with relaxation and valuable time spent with friends and loved ones.


However, amid the hustle and bustle of finals and the Christmas season, the nation was confronted with an unthinkable act of violence; a heinous crime that took the lives of innocent teachers and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. A seemingly normal day turned into a day that changed the lives of countless families and left Americans and people around the globe asking, “What has this world come to?”


Many have speculated, but the question still remains unanswered. Celebrities such as Morgan Freeman believe that it’s not the guns; it’s the people who were never taught the value of life, that commit these terrible acts. Mike Huckabee believes that the systematic removal of God within our schools and our lives plays a role; however, he believes that God was present at Sandy Hook and showed Himself by way of the teachers and first responders.


Whatever the case may be, and however you try to wrap your mind around such unthinkable acts, one thing remains constant and that is, this world needs a change of heart.


To put this year into retrospect would mean for us, as a whole, to take a look within ourselves to find these answers. Through our reflection, we can come to the conclusion that the answer to world peace will not be found through words, but through actions, albeit big or small. The change starts with us.


As a new year is on the horizon, we need to resolve to better ourselves, better those around us, and to ultimately better this world as our collective mission for humanity.


Take the time this Christmas season to reflect, count your blessings and realize that life is short and we should make the most of every moment.


“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”


It is now safe to say that on Friday, December 14 heaven gained 20 beautiful little angels.


–Maria Londino

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