April 18, 2013
President Obama attends an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press) President Obama attends an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

It wasn’t lost on the president, certainly, or many other Americans, that we have witnessed the best and worst of America in the last day. The defeat of even a modest gun bill, brought down by an odious special interest group’s lies and the cowardice of some senators was a low; the service in Boston to mourn the dead and help heal the living in the aftermath of the explosions on Monday, a triumph.

Perhaps Cardinal Sean O’Malley put it the best when he told those assembled in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross that there is difference between a “crowd” and a “community.”  A crowd is a group of self-absorbed individuals; a community is a family where people take care of each other.  The Senate was a crowd last night; Boston is a community, in tragedy and in healing.

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