A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

A Heartfelt Memorial

In memory of the 2,997 people, which also included responding firefighters, police, clergy and other emergency personnel, who lost their lives as a result of that horrific day of infamy, September 11, 2001, a day of great sadness in which terrorism’s godless attack against America and our way of life since World War II have caused the deaths of so many innocent mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters.

And even now, it is reported that more than 1,400 rescue workers who responded to the scene in the days and months following the attack have succumbed to the effects of cancer and other airborne toxins, and are continuing to become sickened and many die as a result of the debilitating diseases they have contracted.

For all who have or will perish as a result of this cowardly attack, may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Divine Mercy of Almighty God, rest in eternal peace; and may God’s compassionate Love continue to console their families on this 18th anniversary of their passing from this life.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

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As a Christian people, our Heavenly Father calls each of us to offer prayer for forgiveness for all of God’s children, especially when it is most difficult, for the mercy we show others is the mercy with which God will reward us.

“Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but all those of ill will.

“Do not only remember all the sufferings they have subjected us to.

“Remember the fruits we brought forth thanks to this suffering – Our comradeship, Our loyalty, Our humility, Our courage and generosity, the greatness of heart that all of this inspired.

“And when they come to judgment,
let all those fruits we have borne
be their reward
and their forgiveness. Amen.”

a prayer found on the body of a young child (from the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in North Germany during World War II)

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