Through the mercy of God

americanflagToday a particular Catholic devotion seems appropriate: the Eternal Rest prayer.

On this day 12 years ago we watched in horror as the iconic Manhattan skyline was filled with smoke, the Pentagon bore a bulging hole and a field in Pennsylvania was filled with the wreckage of a Boeing 757.

Each one of us remembers where we were and what we were doing when the news broke.

By the time the second tower was hit in New York, we were just getting the day started in Colorado. I was still young and my dad was driving me to school because I had missed the bus. He turned up the morning news show he’d be listening to just as we were pulling up to my school. He covered his mouth and was silent.

When I asked him what the World Trade Center was, he replied, “There’s going to be thousands of people dead.”

Nothing will replace the victims who were killed that day. Those who survive them are still left with the pain and anguish that the fateful day in September brought us as if it happened today.

We honor the victims and are humbled by the selflessness of the first responders and our military men and women.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

Amen.