Twenty-one years ago today, our nation suffered the worst attack ever on American soil. On that day we saw the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. After over a decade of world peace, the events of that day were shocking and made many doubt their own safety.
I would like to take a moment in this article to remember all of those who died in this attack and subsequent wars and pray for their souls. Here is the prayer that Pope Saint John Paul II offered after the attack:
O Lord Jesus, remember our deceased and suffering brothers before your Father. Remember us also, as we begin to pray with your words: Pater noster…
O Almighty and merciful God,
you cannot be understood by one who sows discord,
you cannot be accepted by one who loves violence:
look upon our painful human condition tried by cruel acts of terror and death,
comfort your children and open our hearts to hope,
so that our time may again know days of serenity and peace.
Through Christ our Lord.
Also, during trying and unsure times, I think it’s good to remember what the Pope had to say about the attack:
“The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of a people. But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ’s Word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it.”
So, may we turn to Christ because He is the one who brings hope in dark times. I hope we do live in a time of peace and prosperity. But, should evil strike again at a personal or national level, Christ is still there to assure us death does not have the last word.