As the horror of Tuesday's terrorist attacks reached Chicago, many area residents turned to prayer. Religious leaders spoke words of comfort and guidance at services and prayer vigils. At interfaith gatherings, leaders of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and other religions stood together to signal their solidarity.
Some thoughts expressed this week from people of faith:
Bill Galliani, of Lincolnwood, at St. Peter's Church in Chicago
"Church is the only place to be to make sense out of things, to pray for God's peace. There are so many things to pray for. So much confusion and fear. This is the place to be."
Rev. Mary Hansley, associate pastor of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington
"In a world fraught with terror and tragedy, we are called to be peacemakers."
Senior Pastor Eugene Winkler, of First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
"If you pray, you can shift the energy in this world. This is what we need right now, to pray to change those who are ignorant to who God really is. God wants the best for all of us."
Mollie McKirnan, of Chicago, at Holy Name Cathedral
"We have just sung several times from the psalm, `The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures.' We need our friends to remind us on a day filled with death and horror that there is a compassion greater than ourselves, greater than the world and the universe itself. . . . Let us pray that out of this evil, in God's own way, in God's own time, some good can come through his compassion."
Cardinal Francis George, at Holy Name Cathedral
"It's at times like this that you really need to draw on God's strength. I could easily pray at home, but I want to be in the community for that bond."
Susan Young, of Chicago, at Holy Name Cathedral
"It's a time for us to pray for ourselves. It's a time for us to pray for our political leaders that they make wise decisions in the days ahead, that we not let hate, fear or retribution rule our actions. Be gentle with yourselves, with your family and with strangers."
Episcopal Bishop William Tersell, at St. James Cathedral in Chicago
"These actions do not reflect at all the teachings of Islam that safeguard innocent lives. . . . It should not be misconstrued that these horrible acts of terrorism are part and parcel of the religion of Islam. . . . We feel this is an attack on us. Our religion is defamed."
Mubasher Ahmad, Chicago-area regional missionary for Ahmadiyya Muslims
"We have to pray for those who have done this, for they did not know what they were doing when they caused that much anxiety, suffering, hurt, pain."
Rev. Stanley Orlikiewicz, of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet
"I went to pray for the comfort of those who survived because they are the ones who will have to go on dealing with this tragedy."
Darlene Faust, at St. James Cathedral
"Yesterday was a day when God must have wept, when the human family was so violated. This was a tremendous expression of violence that can lead to a tremendous lesson that violence has no part to play in solving problems."
Catholic Bishop John Gorman, speaking at the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation
"I couldn't imagine you could get through it if you don't have faith in God."
Peg Isaacson, of Chicago, at St. Peter's Church in Chicago
"Merciful God, we turn to you when we don't know where else to turn."
Pastor John Buchanan, of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago