A thought for 9/12: "Let there be light"

[Yesterday, I was invited to preach at an interfaith memorial service at C.W. Post University on Long Island.  There were prayers from three faith traditions — Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Below is a portion of my remarks for the occasion. — Dcn. G.] Late on September the 12th, the subways and trains were running again, [Read More…]

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Vocations born out of the ashes of 9/11

Over at Our Sunday Visitor, Mary DeTurris Poust offers portraits of three people who answered a call to vocation in the aftermath of 9/11, including newly ordained Deacon Paul Carris. Details: When Paul Carris went to work on the 71st floor of One World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he never could have imagined [Read More…]

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Sunrise over New York: 9/11/11

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Worth a thousand words

Firefighters line up outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on September 10, 2011, for a memorial mass paying tribute to the 343 members of the FDNY who died on 9/11. Photo: Paul Peluso/Firehouse.com [Read more…]

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Remembering 9/11: Homily at the Funeral Mass of Fr. Mychal Judge

From Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM, delivered on 15 September 2001.  A snip: You know when you step back and see how my friend Mychal died, I’m sure that when we finish grieving, when all this is over and we can put things in perspective, look how that man died. He was right where the action [Read More…]

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Homily for September 11, 2011: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] Anyone who saw the 2002 Super Bowl saw something unforgettable. And it had nothing to do with sports. It was held in New Orleans, in the Super Dome.  The half time entertainment was Bono and U-2. There must have been 100-thousand people in the stadium, cheering wildly.  Bono stepped onto [Read More…]

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Pope Benedict on 9/11: "The tragedy is compounded by the perpetrators' claim to be acting in God's name"

Archbishop Dolan’s office released this letter from Pope Benedict today: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the [Read More…]

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Ten years later

Patheos is publishing a number of essays to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Mine begins on the morning after: On the morning of September 12, 2001, I awoke to the sound of sirens. My first thought, in bleary half-sleep:“Where am I?” And then I knew. I looked around at the pale walls of a [Read More…]

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Remembering 9/11: the final moments of Fr. Mychal Judge

From the documentary “9/11.” I’d forgotten that this was online.  The documentary shows the last minutes in the life of Fr. Judge — moments, clearly, spent in prayer.   H/T to The Anchoress for reminding us about this. [Read more…]

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On clergy being excluded from Ground Zero: "New York is the epicenter of secularism"

The simmering dispute over clergy being omitted from Sunday’s ceremonies at Ground Zero has finally landed on the pages of the New York Times, which provides some interesting comment and context: The second Sunday after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, New York clergy members of many faiths joined elected officials at Yankee Stadium in a [Read More…]

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