This week we celebrate that we honor and remember those 3,000 + people who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on a quiet field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
President Kennedy once said of our country, honoring God as the source of our strength; “the energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it – and the glow from that fire can truly light the world . . . ”
Our country was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, given to us as a gift from God our Creator. The United States, being founded on these principles, has fostered strength of unity and community, mirroring the very Persons of God.
Last weekend we celebrated Labor Day, a day set aside each year to give tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country, as well as contributing to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known. Last weekend’s Labor Day festivities here at the parish mirrored this communion as it brought us together in love and joy.
This week we celebrate that we honor and remember those 3,000 + people who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a quiet field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. We stand together as witnesses to the many stories of bravery and sacrifice that Americans exhibited together, united and in community with God on those very shocking and solemn days. Franciscan Fr. Joseph Bayne, chief chaplain of New York’s Erie County Emergency Services said of that day, “I did not see the devil’s face at Ground Zero. I saw the face of God in the people working, caring, sweating, crying, rescuing, recovering and being very spiritual in their very humanness.”
Today, we are reminded of the strong and binding connection we share with one another, one that casts a shadow over politics, geography and economic class. We thank God, most generous and merciful, for giving us the many benefits that come from a united country and the fruit of heroic love that only God’s grace fosters.
God bless America.