"Forgiving is an act of love"

A longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) and FOD (Friend of Deacons) has just published a very good book on one of the most challenging aspects of the Christian life: forgiveness. Fr. R. Scott Hurd, from the Archdiocese of Washington, serves as the executive director of the archdiocese’s Office of the Permanent Diaconate.  (The Father [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: US bishops call for "remembrance, resolve, renewal"

The USCCB President Timothy Dolan released the following statement late Thursday, in advance of this weekend’s commemoration: “As we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, it is a time for remembrance, resolve and renewal. We reverently recall those who were most directly affected [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: "Love is more powerful than hate"

Over at CNEWA’s blog ONE-TO-ONE, Fr. Elias Mallon, our Education & Interreligious Affairs Officer, has just posted his own personal reflections about 9/11 — with some thoughts, in particular, about this Sunday’s Mass readings: One of the most difficult aspects in Christianity — and also one its foremost characteristics — is the challenge of Jesus [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: the seminarian who became a firefighter

From the In My Backyard Desk, some news about a 9/11 hero from the Diocese of Brooklyn.  Chief Joseph W. Pfeifer was featured prominently in the documentary I worked on, “9/11,” (updated and being rebroadcast on CBS this Sunday).  Now, he is looking back on the legacy of that awful day. From CNS: As Chief Joseph [Read More...]

Counting the cost: the 9/11 mother who turned down $2 million

The Boston Globe this morning profiles a lawyer, Ken Feinberg, who negotiated settlements with the families of 9/11 victims — and he remembers one family member in particular: There was an elderly woman whose son had died in New York. She never responded to any of the solicitations about the settlements, failed to return any [Read More...]

Leaps of faith: Christians and Jews reaching out to Muslims after 9/11

It’s a phenomenon that cropped up shortly after the terror attacks, and the New York Times looks at how it has played out in some communities: When Betsy Wiggins opened her front door and saw the woman in a full black face veil coming up her flower-lined walkway, she wondered if she had done the [Read More...]

Just what the world has been waiting for: the 9/11 coloring book

For those who thought the 9/11 memorial wine wasn’t quite tacky enough…now this. Details: To the American people and all others who may read this child’s coloring book, We Shall Never Forget is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11. This book also describes [Read More...]

Cardinal Egan remembers 9/11

The man who was the most visible spiritual leader to New York’s Roman Catholics on September 11, 2001 is sharing his memories of that day with the AP: Cardinal Edward Egan was eating breakfast when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani called to say there was a tragedy and the churchman was needed. A police car would soon [Read More...]

Finding the words to preach on 9/11

In the days ahead, a lot of us will be struggling to put into words something that is really beyond words.  Religions News Service looks at the challenge of preaching on 9/11: Standing in the pulpit on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, what do you say? For clergy called upon to preach that day, which [Read More...]

NYC mayor will not reconsider ban on clergy at 9/11 ceremony

His spokesman said so on Friday: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not reconsider his decision to exclude clergy from the ceremony marking 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a spokesman said Friday. The statement comes despite increased pressure from religious and conservative leaders who say that even though the mayor has not [Read More...]