Holy God, Creator of all people and all nations, it is with sorrow and apprehension we remember the tragic events that occurred on this day.
We lift to You in prayer all those who died in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
We entrust them to Your loving care. Console their families, friends, and all who mourn this loss in the hope that all who trust in You find peace and rest in Your Kingdom.
We pray for those who courageously responded to provide aid and comfort to the afflicted. May their painful memories of that day be healed and transformed into strength and positive resolution.
We also pray for ourselves as we seek Your strength and guidance. We live in the aftermath of this tragedy and under the shadow of future acts of aggression; we stand in need of Your assistance.
Enable us, Dear God, to put an end to fear;
By resolving to live lives that are based on respect for one another;
By resolving to abide in a peaceful manner and never settle disagreements in our lives in a violent way;
By resolving not to fall into the trap of blaming entire ethnic groups, or religions in response to acts of hostility;
By resolving that justice, not revenge, prevail in our world.
Let us resolve that in the face of hatred, we will show love; that in times of despair, we will be voices of hope and creators of new dreams; that in time of darkness, we will be sources of light.
Let us resolve that we never regard forgiveness as weakness, but rather as a source of strength in our lives and in our world.
And, let us honor the memory of nearly 3,000 individuals who died on September 11, 2001 by resolving with Your help Almighty God, to truly live this way so You may be glorified and Your love made known to others through us.
-Bro. Darrell Burns, S. J.
Blessings to all those that survived this terrible tragedy and may we never forget it.
Lisa Beretz, LLBeretz@gmail.com