A Call for Prayers and Best Wishes

Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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11 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    Consider this an e-hugReport

  2. Michelle says:

    It’s always horrible to hear about these kind of events. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.Report

  3. BlaiseP says:

    Daß es uns an Glauben fehle, kann man nicht sagen. Allein die einfache Tatsache unseres Lebens ist in ihrem Glaubenswert gar nicht auszuschöpfen.

    Hier wäre ein Glaubenswert? Man kann doch nicht nicht-leben.

    Eben in diesem «kann doch nicht» steckt die wahnsinnige Kraft des Glaubens; in dieser Verneinung bekommt sie Gestalt.


    We cannot say we lack faith. Even the simple fact of our life is an inexhaustible article of faith.

    Are you suggesting there is some article of faith in this? You can’t just not-live, after all.

    It is precisely in this ‘Can’t just’ that the bizarre strength of faith lies; in this negation it becomes real.

    That’s Kafka. We must have faith, if only faith in each other. Belief in God, or Justice or Reason or whatever else you might believe abstractly can be put aside. We must believe in life, in each other. There is a sustaining strength to such faith.Report

  4. James Hanley says:

    We have family in the Rose City. This hits very close to home. My deepest sympathy to all those families who are in anguish today.Report

  5. I’m sorry to hear about this. Please accept my sympathies.Report

  6. Miss Mary says:

    Scary stuff. It’s difficult to feel safe when something this tragic happens. I will be sure to let loved ones know how much I cherish them, thank for the reminder.Report

  7. When I heard about this, my thoughts immediately turned to you and my other friend in the area – I am relieved that you were not there at the time. My deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and the city of Portland.Report

  8. Burt Likko says:

    I suppose it will always be beyond us what deranges someone into a mass shooting.

    To those who lost someone they loved, that’s not a particularly important question right now.Report

  9. joey jo jo says:

    I pray that the shooter’s gun jams in all of these situations, like it did yesterday.
    I also pray that someday attempts at discussing gun control aren’t shouted down.Report