The assassination of a U.S. president. The adoption of a child. A devastating hurricane. Our wedding date. Sadly, December 14th, 2012 has already become one of those dates, not only for the survivors of the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut, but for all of us who have been but distant witnesses of such unspeakable cruelty. And that's certainly the case for Chris McEnroe, who struggles mightily to find hope in the midst of such tragedy.

Chris McEnroe is a writer who teaches English at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and three children. McEnroe is especially interested in the impact of social media on schools and public conversation.

*This essay was originally broadcast on January 13th, 2013.