What does Harry Potter have to do with the carnage that occurred in Norway? Well, I went to see the movie yesterday and there was a line in it spoken by Dumbledore that I immediately applied in my mind to what had happened on that island.. He said to Harry, “Pity not the dead, Harry. Rather, pity the living for they still have to deal with this reality.”
It occurred to me in that moment that those young people who died, albeit in terrible circumstances, are the lucky ones for they are now likely to be in a state of peace because they are in the reality where only love is real. Pity those who survived for they will be scarred by, and will have to live with that terrible experience for the rest of their lives. That is, until they too make that final transition and come to realize that death is not real and that none of us die.
That idea does not make it much easier when we are still in this human reality, but in time it might. It will be many months or more likely years before any of the young people can contemplate forgiving the killer but hopefully some of them will one day find Radical Forgiveness in some form or another and find some comfort in it. In the meantime, only grief is possible. Nothing else is appropriate.