9/11 Anniversary Linkfest

If you read nothing else, today, do read Deacon Greg’s homily for the day..

As Sr. Mary Ann Walsh points out, in her own excellent essay, the Mass readings hit the mark, and Deacon Greg’s homily makes it all down to a relate-able level by remembering a Super Bowl moment and how it all works together:

The half time entertainment was Bono and U-2. There must have been 100-thousand people in the stadium, cheering wildly. Bono stepped onto the stage and the lights dimmed and the crowd roared and the band began to play.

If you watch video of that performance, you can hear Bono, over the music and the cheering, speaking into his microphone: “Lord, open my lips that my mouth may sing forth your praise.” The same words spoken at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Hours in the Catholic Church.

And in fact, what followed turned out to be a kind of prayer.

Lots more to read today — here at Patheos, we’re doing an unusual “Sunday publish” for the day, featuring Sr. Mary Ann’s piece, along with this thoughtful piece by Pat Gohn:

For those who observed it, it was unlike any other day in recorded history. It was seared into the memories of those who lived it. It changed lives forever. In the retelling, its horror still scandalizes people. And writers will continue, and well they should, to use the strongest language possible to describe it.

Total annihilation.

Immolation of all things holy.

Innocent human life crushed.

Grisly death.

Indeed, the blackest day.

Meanwhile, she stood by, watching it, buffeted by the morbid cataclysm set in motion—eyes riveted, unable to help, and unable to walk away.

Then, all of a sudden, the earth quaked. And an excruciating sword of suffering sliced once-recognizable lives into two distinct halves—before and after that hour.

Hell was having a proverbial field day. Heaven cried.

As Jesus died upon the cross, Mary, his mother, deeply pained and grieving, stood by.

Surprising, right? You’ll want to read 9/11 and the Ever-Present Christ

In 9/11 and the Forgiveness Gene, Heather Ordover — was was teaching school a few blogs from the World Trade Center — writes:

There’s a forgiveness gene or maybe an empathy gene that seems to have been switched off somewhere around the time when Gordon Gekko first reared his ugly head. That’s when I first noticed it, anyway. I can’t guarantee anyone felt more civil before that, but they sure as heck acted more civilly before that. Me? I’d like to be surrounded by a little more acting every once in awhile. I don’t much care how folks feel—and you can’t really change that anyway—but we can expect certain behaviors from civil society.

Don’t miss also, Joseph Susanka’s thoughts on the Hero’s Equation — and the link he provides to the moving and inspiring story of firefighter Welles Crowther.

And this collection of essay by 9/11 Chaplains. I particularly liked this one.

And this photo essay of the WTC by El Greco Gallery

Instapundit has a roundup of writing from those first days

Do check out writings on 9/11 from all of our various portals.

“She Was the One”

Pope Benedict XVI: Resist the temptation to hate

Kathryn Jean Lopez: “Raised with Christ” on 9/11″
Rev. Elias D. Mallon, S.A. Love is more powerful than hate
James Martin, S.J.: Parable of 9/11
Fr. Robert Barron: Forgiving on 9/11
Learning to Pray: Forgive everyone, everything
Jake Tapper: How 9/11 Led to Barack Obama
Hot Air: Quotes from that day
Michael Gerson: The Ugly Gash of 9/11
Michelle Malkin: All the Wrong Lessons
NRO: Symposium What have we learned?
Peggy Noonan: We’ll never get over it, nor should we
Rich Lowry: A decade of heroes
GM Roper: Photo Essay
Peter J. Leithart: God is still back
Kathleen Parker: America no longer knows itself
Julie Davis: On Being Wrong and Erring on the Side of Mercy
Me: Remembering Matthew David Garvey, FDNY, USMC
Christopher Hitchens: Pure Evil
Max Lindenman: History as an arm-chair event
Charles Krauthammer: Not an overreaction
Bruce Bawer: 9/11 and the pastness of the past
Donald Sensing: video memorial
Phyllis Chesler: Don’t blame America first
Don Surber: Hope, a few floors at a time
Pope Benedict XVI: God’s presence in times of darkness
Victor Davis Hanson: 9/11 Mysteries
Karol Markowicz: Free to Get Over It, or Not
Heather King: I saw death
Roger Kimball: The Foreseeable Future
Andrew Brown: Was 9/11 good for religion
Mark Steyn: Let’s Roll over?
The Christophers: Sad Anniversary
Barbara Nicolosi: Where were you when the towers fell?
Ed Morrissey: Patriot Day
Bookworm Room: I remember
NPR: Bury Mychal Judge’s Heart, not his Love
Paul Moses: Religion Matters
James Taranto: Too Soon to forget?
Frank Weathers: Forgive, don’t forget
Tom Elias: In no mood to forgive
Kim Priestap: a round up
Franck and Simon: A bad civics lesson
Melissa Clouthier: a roundup
Penguin: Memory
Jen Hartline: Innocence lost and restored
Bush Speech from United 93 Memorial

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Miguel

    Thank you. I needed to read about forgiveness. Just finished watching a special on the attacks and feel the anger welling up.

    May the Lord grant all the victims eternal rest.

  • Korora

    May God rest the souls of those who died in or because of the attacks, comfort their families, and have mercy on the souls of the hijackers.

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    Dear Anchoress,

    I have not had time to read but a few lines, yet from one picture, me, myself and i have gotten the idea of what “IT” is all about.

    I’m being lazy for a good reason and that’s because one of our grand son and I will be leaving shortly to visit the grave yard and say prayers for all the “ONE’s” who have already gone and are waiting for U>S.

    I’ll close by saying that one of my imaginary so called friendly god cells just asked me if I was going to ‘visite’ myself again?

    Go Figure! :)


  • Iowa Jim

    Here is a link to an absolutely nauseating piece by Paul Krugman. Please read it; it’s quite an enlightening view into what passes for his mind:


  • Chuck Pelto

    TO: All
    RE: In Remembrance….

    ….I STILL recommend THIS!!!!


    P.S. The War is still on-going. Gird up your loins….

  • Chuck Pelto

    TO: Iowa Jim
    RE: Paul Krugman

    This man, and the organization that supports him—NYT—are a classic example of the most evil form of propaganda US have seen since World War II.

    ’nuff said’.


    P.S. He and they probably revel in the recognition of their evil nature….but what can you expect of Satan?

  • SKAY

    Thank you for the video Chuck.

    Evil is still evil–and they have not changed.

  • Sister Terese Peter

    I have said this 1,000 times and will continue saying it: Unless Americans wake up, we are doomed. “Woe to those times when evil is perceived as good and good is perceived as evil.” (Isaiah 5:20)

  • Barbara Peters

    This morning when I drove to Mass at 8:45 here in New York the sky was sunny and almost as blue as it was ten years ago. But as the morning wore on and the litany of names was read and the tears mingled with the waters of the Memorial the sky grew overcast and cloudy and now this afternoon it is almost overwhelmingly grey. I am sure Heaven remembers and mourns with us.

  • http://www.blessedisthekingdom.com Fr Christian Mathis

    Thanks for the list of links Elizabeth. The readings at mass this weekend were exactly what I needed to hear and allowed me the chance to preach about the importance of both remembering this day and practicing forgiveness.

  • The Western Mind

    I have not been able to watch any of the memorials or tributes today. The memories are far too painful. I live in a large Southern city and though none of my immediate family or friends were caught up in the events of that day, my sense of loss toward our fellow citizens is still very deep. I pray for the victims and their families. I pray for our country. But I also pray that divine justice will, as always, be sure and complete.

  • Greta

    During WWII, we had evil of the highest order in Nazi Germany and Japan. The German death camps and the Japanese POW camps and rape of Nanking were some of the most brutal the world has ever seen. On the other side, fighting with us, was the USSR and Stalin who would go on to kill more innocent people in his own country than either of these two but he was our allie for those few short years. Many of those who suffered during these times have found a way to forgive over the last 60 plus years. Many have not for the evil the witnessed seemed to be too great and too hard to put aside. No one can judge them for not forgiving if we have not walked in their shoes. However, we have not forgotten what happened nor should we because history forgotten will be repeated. Lessons not learned will be repeated. One thing is certain and that was forgiveness did not happen while the evil was still out and unleashed except for a very few. 9/11 was not the beginning or the end of terror attacks by Islamists dedicated to killing as many as often as possible.

    Too many believe that forgiveness must come with reconcilliation or tolerance of those who are the enemy of everything we stand for in our lives. Some want to have reconcilliation with the religion followed by the Islamist and the book that is the foundation of their beliefs. We keep hearing that this book and that faith do not teach this evil, but many who follow it do not reject in total the teaching of jihad in any and all forms or the other perversions of sharia law that does to women what no civilized country would allow in removing their rights, their honor, and their dignity. To think we are more outraged over a priest who touched inappropriately a teenage boy but not over an imam who said a woman raped must be beaten to death because she could not produce 3 male witnesses who would testify of her rape or sentence a young child to be beaten or have their hands cut off. Forgiveness should demand that the forgiven stop doing what they are doing, stop associating with those doing this evil or supporting it, and to condemn the acts as evil with true repentence.

    I once asked a priest if someone hits me on the head very hard and I forgive them, do I have to sit there being hit over the head in the same way 77 times with forgiveness each time? His reply that this would be lunacy and we have the right to protect ourself or stop the evil being done and then to work on forgiveness. I do not think it is time to start focusing on forgiveness as we just witnessed the Islamist blow up a truck in an attempt to kill our soldiers or the Islamist now empowered in Eygpt to raid the Israli embassy with intent to kill or to start a jihad against a country with whom they have a written peace treaty or for the millions of dollars spent based on warnings of more attacks coming to our soil. We have been hit over the head and the evil that did it wants to continue over and over until we are dead. Some are tired of the battle and think if we just forgive them they will see us in a better light and go away. To them, I say remember Chamberlin Munich “peace in our time.” Just as with Hitler, Stalin, ToJo, and other evil players in history, their end to trying to hit us over the head to our death or total surrender only comes with force. when they are gone, and Islamic jihad and evil rejected and Islam then a true religion of peace, I am more than willing to forgive, but never to forget.

  • Dan

    Imagination and study and attempts at understanding your liberal brethren would permit an understanding of Paul Krugman. He is not alone. I happen to agree with him.

    Many others do. We are not the evil you fantasize we are. And we perceive exactly as Sr. Terese Peter noted, except the evil we perceived over the past decade was Bush and his supporters.

    Now back to today’s readings…

  • fiestamom

    Paul Krugman’s piece (and to some extent Kathleen Parker’s) really make me sad for our country. Krugman didn’t allow comments at his website, but Washington Monthly did. The comments all agree with Krugman, as does Dan above.

    I was sickened by Krugman’s piece, yet there are so many who agree with it. There’s no coming together for us. Maybe our country is doomed. I don’t want to understand Paul Krugman. Sorry, I don’t. And I know the people who agree with that column don’t want to understand me either. I’m a caricature: a red state, pro-life homeschooler who drives an SUV. I cry when I hear America the Beautiful.

    I’m sad today. My kids aren’t growing up in the same country I grew up in.

  • LisaB

    “except the evil we perceived over the past decade was Bush and his supporters.”

    We are not the evil you fantasize we are.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Dan, do you see no evil in the terrorists, who murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11, or in the Islamic political system that condones genocide, oppression of women and anti-semetism?

    Do you really see Bush and his supporters as being more evil than that? If so, in God’s name, why?

    And, no, I don’t want to understand Krugman, either. It’s kind’ve like staring into the abyss. As for you. . . you try assure us you are not evil; yet you seem to hate ordinary Americans, while giving a pass to terrorism.

    As LisaB points out, we’re not the evil you fantasize about, either; yet you hate us. Why, then, should we attempt to understand you? Is it understanding you really want, or simply for us all to hush up, and go away?

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Greta, the whole thing about forgiveness is that is acknowledges that something wrong happened, which requires forgiveness.

    A lot of Americans seems to believe there was absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with 9/11 (read Dan’s post); that America, and Americans, are the real evil.

    I suspect most of them actually feel a sense of comeraderie, even sympathy, with Islamic terrorists; hence, for them, there’s nothing to forgive, since they see nothing wrong in 3,000 Americans being murdered. (Some of them were probably Bush supporters, after all.)

    When such people talk about “forgivenesss”. . . well, they’re not talking about forgiving the terrorists as much as they’re talking about submitting to them.

    It’s all our fault, in their minds, you know, because some of us are Republicans, and America supports Israel (sorti’ve.)

  • mountainguy

    Yes, you are not the evil we imagine you are. We (southamericans, brown, blacks, muslims, mexicans) are the evil incarnate. We are unamerican. We are responsible of every bad thing it happens in the world. But Bush supporters (and Obama supporters as well; don’t think liberals love peace and hate war. that’s not necesarily true) are not bad… misguided, yes. Even willful ignorant, but certainly not bad. Today let’s mourn all those who suffered violence in 9/11. Perhaps someday you (good northamerican conservatives) will remember all the ones who have suffered violence because of western powers. And perhaps then we all will acknowledge that following Christ (not christendom) is the way to put an end to the whole redemptive violence myth.

    Att: mountainguy (southamerican scum)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Mountainguy, nobody was insulting you. Nobody here called you “scum” (you’re the only one calling yourself that; you’re playing the victim card a tad too eagerly, here.)

    Dan—and others like him—see 9/11 not as an act of war, or an atrocity, but as our just reward, for having supported Bush (whether we we actually supported him or not) and as just recompense for our being evil Westerners. You’re proving the point that I was making to Greta, above, in #17.

    As for violence, oppression and colonialsm—have you studied the history of the Islamic world, from its inception, to the present date? Or the history of Marxism, from Russia to East Germany, Vietnam, Red China and Cambodia?

  • Doc

    I suspect moutainguy is no more South American than Ward Churchill is American Indian. Just another Leftist pretending to be his ideal designated victim who sets up strawmen in order to knock them down.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    I suspect you’re right, Doc.