To the World Trade Center, Pentagon
and Western Pennsylvania Victims
I could not let another day go by without expressing my grief and outrage toward the events of September 11, 2001. The cowards who perpetrated these crimes have already received their just punishment. However, the countries or individuals who have backed this crime spree should be brought to justice as quickly and expeditiously as possible.
To the families of all the victims, there isn't a moment that goes by that I don't offer my prayers for you and your loved ones. Please accept this little prayer and poem as a way to begin the healing process.
Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your
intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence I fly unto you
O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother,
to You I come, before You, I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Dispise not my petitions,
but in you mercy, hear and answer me.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
Save us from the fires of hell,
Lead these and all souls to Heaven,
Especially those in most need of thy mercy.
The Four Quartets, Selections
Time and the bell have buried the day,* * *
the black cloud carries the sun away.
Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis
Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray
Clutch and cling?
Fingers of yew be curled
Down on us? After the kingfisher's wing
Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still
At the still point of the turning world.
We die with the dying:* * *
See, they depart, and we go with them.
We are born with the dead:
See, they return, and bring us with them.
The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree
Are of equal duration. A people without history
Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern
Of timeless moments.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
My Reflextions One Year Later
Here we are, one year later and my first thought is how have we changed? Have we used these terrible tragedies to reflect on our lives and truly appreciate each other? Have we thanked Our Creator, the same Creator who made all of us, even the hijackers? If we don't use these refletions for fundamental change, how can we say we are even the smallest bit better than we were one year ago today.
So, go, and walk in peace and love. Let us never forget these men, women, and especially the children. Let us always thank God for everything He bestows on us. Remember that we don't know the fullness of God's plan for us...all we can do is trust that it is exactly the way it is destined to be.
Our God is an awesome and compassionate God!
Friends, believe it or not, these families still need our help. Please consider donating whatever you can to these organizations!
To give blood call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (American Red Cross)
For cash donations to the Red Cross call 1-800-HELP-NOW
Or check their website The American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross - Greater New York
World Trade Center Disaster Fund
P.O. Box 3755, Church Street Station
New York, NY 10008
Or, to donate by telephone:
Please call 1-877-Red-Cross (1-877-733-2767), ask for extension 2460
New York Blood Center
Blood Bank Search
NY Firefighter's 911 Disaster Relief Fund
To contact the Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or The Salvation Army
To volunteer medical services, call 1-800-801-8092
To volunteer general services, call 1-518-431-7600
To let President Bush know that you support his leadership in this crisis, send him an email President Bush
Here's a little something my brother made...feel free to save it to your hard drive for a background or screensaver! Just click on the thumbnail, then right click on the graphic to save it to your hard drive.
Created September 13, 2001
Updated September 11, 2002