Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering 9-11

Remembering September 11, 2001 in prayer:

God of all creation, Father of justice, and Mother of compassion, grant eternal joy to those who gave their lives in innocence and by heroic service on 9-11. Grant to us your children hearts full of understanding and charity that we may see your vision of creation where all your children live in the justice of the City of God and in the long-full peace of the New Jerusalem.

We pray in the name of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen

Remembering 9-11: I was teaching high school theology, walking the hall to my next class. The principal announced on the PA that a plane had struck the WTC and the Pentagon and it seemed an attack was underway on our country. Change of class was halted as we began a school wide rosary. We turned on the class TV and saw the plane strike the other tower. I could not hold back tears. I began the chaplet of Mercy prayers with my students. We were then dismissed by order of the Archbishop at 11 AM.

I will remember 9-11 by offering Mass for the victims who gave their lives in innocence and by heroic service, and for understanding and the fulfillment of the City of God and the peace of the New Jerusalem.