We are living in the darkest days of the year leading up to winter solstice on Dec 21. Waking up to the dark and seeing it descend upon us so early in the afternoon seems the best response to yesterday's horrific slaughter of innocent children and adults. The candles lit against the dark these December nights -- in Advent wreaths, in memorial services throughout the country for the victims -- offer some solace. The candles do not help explain this tragedy, do not offer solutions, do not bring back the children. They are a brief flicker of hope in these darkest days, and the wax that drips off the candles resemble the tears that hundreds of fhousands shed these days, for children they never knew personally. Light some candles in your home today.