american flag in boston harborAn 8-year-old boy is among three killed in the Boston Marathon explosions. At least 144 were injured, one as young as 3 years old. That's what we know from Boston at this point, and as each devastating detail and heartbreaking image is released, our souls and spirits are crushed a little bit more.

We feel angry, and vulnerable, and it's difficult to see any goodness with such a blatant and disarming example of pure evil unfolding right before our eyes. But the good is there -- we have to believe it is, no matter how great a shadow evil casts over it, or evil wins. In the wake of the tragedy, some have expressed this sentiment beautifully and powerfully. Their words can't change what happened, but they do offer some comfort and hope in such a painful time.

1. Comedian Patton Oswald wrote a note on Facebook after the explosions that has gone viral because of its uplifting message about the power of good. It reads in part:

This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

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2. From President Obama, on the people of Boston:

Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward -- as one proud city.

3. Wesley Korir, who won the 2012 Boston Marathon and came in fifth in today's race, expressed simply to the Wall Street Journal why runners won't be stopped by this tragic event.

We’ll keep training harder, for the people who perished today.

4. Howard Fineman, editorial director of The Huffington Post, wrote a short but powerful piece titled "Running Toward the Screams on Patriots' Day". He concluded:

Today, rescuers were running toward the wounded on Boylston Street in acts of true heroism -- running toward the sound of the screams. In the end, the terrorists will fail because Bostonians did not turn from their fellow men -- they turned toward them. And that is the real music of mankind.

boston marathon quotes glennon melton5. From Glennon Melton of the blog Momastery:

When the world seems loud, we must be quiet. When the world seems evil, we must be good. When the world seems terrifying, we must comfort each other. Sending quiet, good, and comfort to all of you, and to all of Boston.

6. Blogger Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary wrote on her Facebook page:

What every act of terror fails to understand is that Hope rises from the ashes.

7. Via Twitter, OlivetoRun wrote:

Running is a sport that unites us. All backgrounds and ability levels. This event is trying to break us but we are strong. We are runners.

What words have provided some comfort to you in the wake of this tragedy?


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