Below are excerpts from the statement I offered on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy which still hold true today:
As a nation we commemorate the anniversary of the shocking terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., now known simply as September 11. It changed the world and our lives in significant ways.
I recall Mass that following weekend. When it was announced that the closing song was not in the hymnal but that every one knew the words to ‘God Bless America’, a server sitting next to me said, “I don’t know the words.” His comment brought home to me the fact that for many of the youth and young adults the specter of war was unknown to them. Sadly, (18) years later, the harshness of war is only too well known. We now face the reality of terror and hate every day in many ways, yet we can do so with the hope that comes from faith in Christ the Prince of Peace.