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Letter: Reflections on the impact of Sept. 11


Each one of us can remember where we were at 8:30 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The events of that day have seared our souls and altered our personal and group consciousness forever. Every day since, for 20 years, 9/11 has entered our thoughts, feelings, and conversations. Its impact on us cannot be overstated. Our place in the world as a nation, and who we are as men and women of forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation have been challenged at every turn. We have wondered about the Creator whose loved sons and daughters are so terribly at odds with one another. Yet again in human history, 9/11 /2001 and the status of the world on 9/11 /2021 have made us cry out, “Where is our God?”

Today we remember the terrible events of that fateful day, and honor those who lost their lives and those whose lives were never again the same in the face of the loss of loved ones. We try to make sense of it all. We yearn to have faith and hope in higher values that will prevail over that awful tendency toward hate and violence.

Recent events in our own country and abroad challenge our very sense of belonging to something better. Above all, we open our very being to one another sharing the pain of the loss of so many on 9/11. The pain in every form of violence in times before and even until now gnaws at us. And we wonder, where is the light of hope?

Rev. Thomas Kuller, S.J.
Lower Heidelberg Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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