Saturday, September 11

Remembering 9/11

The Church of the Home

Twenty years ago was a beautiful, sunny September day. The temperature was perfect and there was a slight breeze in the air. The morning started like any ordinary day but by mid-morning, the world we knew was changed forever.

Like every major event that has altered the course of history, most remember where they were and what they were doing. According to Pew Research, 93% of those 30 years and older remember exactly where they were on September 11, 2001. But more importantly, those that remember that day, also remember the intense emotions and feelings. Shock, sadness, fear, anger, questioning, and patriotism filled the collective hearts of the world.

Many asked "how could God let this happen?"

But God wasn't involved in the evil events of 9/11. He was in the response. In the love that was shown and the care that was given.

Pope John Paul responded "How is it possible to commit acts of such savage cruelty? The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of a people. But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ's word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it."

How will you remember the Twentieth Anniversary of September 11, 2001?

Country artist Alan Jackson summed up the feelings across the country when he released his song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" To commemorate today, parishioner Dan Hanson shares his version of the song.