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Remembering And Praying Over 911

Reflection on Mass Reading for September 11, 2021

Theme for September: Be Opened, Be Strong, Fear Not!

“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” Today is a difficult one for some, problematic for others, and still a puzzle for many. What happened? Why did it happen? Is it going to happen again? You see, for all of the above segments of our society, there must be a common, stable, and universal answer. And there is: God’s patience mercifully calls forth in us the courage to return to Him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life. In the wounds of Jesus, it is there that we are truly secure; there, we encounter the boundless love of His heart.

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him.” Saint Bernard goes on to ask: “But what can I count on? My own merits? No, My merit is God’s mercy. I am by no means lacking merits as long as He is rich in mercy. If the mercies of the Lord are manifold, I too will abound in merits.” This is important for today: our goal must be the courage to trust in Jesus’ mercy, trust in His patience, and seek refuge always in the wounds of His love. We must seek mercy in the very heart of our understanding of who God is for the whole world.

Let us Pray:

“God, we come to you today in remembrance of the lives lost to unspeakable violence, especially those on September 11th and in its aftermath. All of us were touched by this day – from the loss of loved ones to changes in the national mood. We remember our anger and fear, gritty like sand in our teeth – anger at lives lost, at words and actions of retaliation, at excuses to oppress people in our country and around the world, fear over what might happen, over losing our own lives. We remember our sorrow, salty water flowing from our eyes, grief at loss, at the deep pain and suffering of our sisters and brothers. But we also pray that this salty water will become seed for a better tomorrow. Like these seeds, we have hope that your kingdom of peace and justice will take root and flourish in our world. And we remember the fabric of life of which we are all a part – from workers at the Pentagon to the undocumented workers at the top of the World Trade Towers to people in Afghanistan who had never heard of New York City.

May we learn to sew together this fabric, with unbreakable threads so that we may cling together in solidarity and such violence may never be repeated.” – Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

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