We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001 …
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering …
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred …
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain …
—Pope Benedict XVI Prayer at Ground Zero, New York, 20 April 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
THOSE WHO FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE BUILDINGS MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR IT TO HAPPEN AGAIN!