We Still Remember

For almost the past two weeks we have been bombarded with stories, images and reminders of the horror of 9/11/01 on TV, Twitter and Facebook. People are sharing their stories, remembering the events of that day, praying and remembering all those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

Like so many of us, I remember exactly what I was doing and where I was when the crash into the first tower happened. It is a day etched in our minds and hearts forever. We will never forget. I will never forget. I continue to pray for the souls of all those who lost their lives that day and for those they left behind.


Fearless Friday: In Memorial

tribute in lightIt’s hard to believe that tomorrow it will be nine years since the September 11th attacks. In some ways, it feels like just yesterday.  I was living in NJ at the time, and along with countless others, I can still remember exactly where I was when I heard the radio DJ exclaim: “A plane just hit the Twin Towers!”  The images, the sounds, the smell are forever embedded in my mind and heart.

And, like countless others, our family had it’s losses and stories:

  • Like, my cousin’s husband losing his life in the Twin Towers. He didn’t normally work in the Twin Towers, but was in the building that morning for a meeting.
  • And, my other cousin’s sister-in-law oversleeping that morning and not making it to work (at the Towers).
  • And, my Godfather’s son, who should have been at the towers, but wasn’t because he was also running late.

I was working in an insurance company, a mile from my house, at the time. It was a predominantly Jewish office, but they all knew I was a practicing Catholic (there were several other Catholics & Protestants working there, but none who took their faith very seriously) and when I mentioned in passing  that I wanted to pray the rosary, they all encouraged and supported me. My Jewish boss had me pray the rosary right there at my desk!

It is not a day any of us will likely forget. So many people’s lives were turned upside down that day and I’m sure there are many who are still suffering the loss(es) they experienced. Yes, life goes on (my cousin is happily re-married), but I’m sure for many the ache and sense of loss is still there.

So today, will you join me in praying for the repose of the souls of all who died on September 11, 2001 and for all their surviving loved ones? And let’s pray in thanksgiving for all who stepped up as heroes in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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