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Reaffirming the Goodness of the Human Spirit

Thoughts on the 16th Anniversary of 9/11

My thoughts today -- like many of yours, I'm sure -- keep returning to that horrific day 16 years ago when 2,996 lives were lost in the deadliest terror attack in world history and the most devasting foreigh attack on United States soil since Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41.

The visual images of that day are permanently etched in our collectve American psyche. The twin towers collapsing. Smoke billowing from the side of the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, PA. So much anguish. So much fear. So many questions and so few answers.

16 years later, much of the darkness of that day -- speaking for myself -- has been replaced with images of light and faith and hope...all of which have sprung from the goodness and resilience of the human spirit that has been affirmed and reaffirmed countless times since 9/11.  Literally before the dust settled in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, it was clear that the American people would not be bowed, much less defeated, by the hateful actions of our enemies. Yes, we would mourn and mourn greatly. But we would never forget.  And we would rebuild and we would move forward.

That's what Americans do.  We help one another. We look after our neighbors...the ones across the street and the ones across the country.  We did it in the days, weeks and even years that followed 9/11. And we are doing it today.

I'm writing this on Sept. 11, 2017, the 16th Anniversary of 9/11 but also just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated large swaths of Texas and Lousiana and while Hurricane Irma is still wreaking havoc on the American Southeast.  But even as Irma churned across Florida this morning, our parish treasury ministers were tallying the results of the special collection we tool up yesrerday for Hurricane Harvey relief.  You, the good Christian people of St. Joseph Parish contribulted nearly $9,300 to the collection! Astounding by any measure!

Yes, there is evil in the world.  It comes in many forms: war and terrorism, hatred, sickness and natural disasters, to name just a few.  But as St. Paul reminds us, "Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more!"  And so, eternal optimist that I am, I believe that every cloud does have a silver lining.  And the good that emerges from from the horror of 9/11 and the devastation of Harvey and Irma is the love of God made manifest in the compassion, strength and essential goodness of we, His children.

May God bless you.


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