By Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI
911. For years those numbers simply meant a call for help. The 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 marking the date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America is a time of much reflection and remembrance.
Ten years later, thousands still suffer from the wounds of that deadly day and feel many strong emotions. The Memorial Monument in San Angelo unites us in solidarity and prayer for the thousands of victims and their families as we also honor the selflessness of firefighters, law enforcement people, medical, health and social workers, chaplains, and other brave individuals who gave and risked their lives in the service of others.
Sacred Scripture and traditional ethical principles teach us how to respond justly to terrorism and that it is wrong to use religion as a cover for political, economic or ideological causes.
As people of faith we mark this anniversary by pledging ourselves to promote justice and peace by making:
4A time for prayer and service: we pray for the victims and their families; for the military, for world leaders, for an end to violence; we serve our neighbors in need.
4A time for dialogue: this is a time to engage in dialogue with Muslims, Jews, fellow Christians.
4A time for witness and solidarity: to promote together values of mutual respect, human dignity, respect for life and security without resorting to discrimination and violence.
4A time for hope: placing our trust in God, seeking God’s mercy, we offer mercy and forgiveness to others, realizing this does not absolve from responsibility. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”