It was a day that left everyone sickened. The news reports were a mile-a-minute and so unbelievable that people were wondering if they were seeing a new movie or real life. Sadly, it was as real as it got on the morning of September 11th, 2001. The weeks that followed was filled with anger, sadness, fury, and a sense of unification that brought neighbors together, communities together. People lined up to help for whatever they could do, be it raise money to assist, help dig through the rubble at Ground Zero, or to sign up for military service or first responder duty. It was an event that brought everybody together, because we needed to be together after the horrors that had transpired.
Today isn’t the kind of day to celebrate, to honor, or to get political. Today is the day to simply remember those who willingly ran into danger simply to help their fellow man, those whose lives were ended, and the families that were afflicted. Take a moment, remember the feelings that you experienced.
“Lord, take me where you want me to go.
Let me meet who you want me to meet.
Tell me what you want me to say,
And keep me out of your way.” – Father Mychal Judge