Twas a rather dull morning, I was a senior in high school. Formal assembly in the gymnasium of St Joseph Central High School, the address was given by Principal Margaret Downing, as sort of a convocation. About 10 mins into her welcome back speech, she was disrupted by an aide’s murmur into her ear that would forever change the history of America. 25 Minutes later, same scenario, seemingly like a take 2 of a mise-en-scene. A perplexing deja vu on the look of her face mirrored that of the demeanor of most students, who, still, were yet to contemplate the tragic nature of this event. In the following minutes, she dismissed the assembly with sobering words that both of the twin towers had been hit with planes and there were strong indications that it was NOT an accident. Classes were officially declared cancelled, but we were prevented from leaving the building. We swarmed All TVs inside the confines and were glued to the news with chilling headlines that read : AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK.
That was 10 years ago.
Thousands of lives lost, unjustly.
And so we recall the words of the Holy Father, on his visit to Ground Zero.
O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.
We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.
PBXVI -Prayer at Ground Zero-