Posted by The Vegan Bear
Twelve years later and I still remember that horrific day of terror, confusion, and pain as if it happened yesterday. Quickly our nation came together in a way I had never seen before. We held each other, we wept together, we consoled one another…then we went on with life. We took down our American flags. The benefit concerts ceased. We picked up from where we left off…attacking one another. In the midst of such tragedy and chaos a dozen years ago: what happened to that spirit of loving unity that we all shared in? It took the deaths of 2,977 people to draw us close together as a nation; a family…have we forgotten their memory already?
I will never forget. September 11, 2001 woke me up and opened my eyes to see life in a totally new way. It reminded me how love always prevails over hate. It restored my faith in God and the brilliance of humanity. Even amidst what seems like never-ending divisions in our world today, the lives and memory of those who perished live on in my heart. They inspire me to continue to be an instrument for peace, when and wherever peace is needed. Always remember. Never forget.
Lord, take me where
you want me to go;
Let me meet whom you
want me to meet;
Tell me what You want
me to say, and
Keep me out of your
This prayer was found in the pocket of Franciscan Friar Mychal Judge, the FDNY chaplain and first confirmed victim who died September 11, 2001 at ground zero.
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