Telling a child just that, simply and according to his ability to understand, seems to me to be, not only the best, truest way to handle scary news, but also the best means to restore to him some sense of trust. Little by little, he must learn that it’s good to trust in you, his parents, but ultimately, only completely in God. Many children have lost their parents. Many parents have failed to protect their children. But what we wish for them is to know that we do our best and trust in a loving God.
That there are bad people is also the truth. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” The enemy of my brother, the victim of a bombing, is someone I must love and pray for. Loving someone means wanting the best for them. It isn’t excusing them, although Jesus himself said, from the cross, “They know not what they do.” Let Him be our guide — otherwise, what have we recently celebrated? Why have bothered?