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Searching for peace when things get frazzled. #CMC11

September 14, 2011

I found this on RetSam’s blog. It’s sort of how I feel today.

Some of that comes from the fact that I have been thinking a lot about Sept. 11, 2001, lately, as have many others because of the 10th anniversary. I’m sick of the smug politicians with their vapid, jingoistic nonsense about the meaning of it all, largely because I think their sanctimonious attitudes helped get us into the mess we’re in 10 years later.

I was surprised, however, on Sunday, when I went to church and experienced the genuine concern from fellow parishioners about how fresh the wound from that day still is with many people. One woman sitting next to me broke down into tears as she described the feeling of knowing that her son, who is in the Navy, was aboard the first ship sent off to war after the attack.

Others mentioned the nightmares they had had of the oft-repeated images and the sense of helplessness the attacks brought on.

I remembered how hard it was to keep the commandment that we are to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us, because that was a day in which we saw just how filled with hate some people were and are toward this country. And yet I had a need to lift them up with the same love that I feel for everyone else.

Ten years later, it’s still hard. And it’s still worth trying.

I ran across a piece on the Washington Post’s website that deals with faith in the aftermath of the attacks. It includes the views of many from various cultures, creeds and faiths, from atheist to Zen Buddhist. Some of the comments are enlightening; others, well, are still in the dark. That speaks volumes in and unto itself.

Here’s a link:

I’ll close with a particular favorite quote. It’s from the Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who says,“The greatest memorial to those who died ten years ago will be a world more inclined toward peace.”



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  1. Danielle permalink

    This was a great post. I love the Rev. Schori’s quote about the greatest memorial to the lost is a world more inclined toward peace. I think America and the world has a lot more work to do to achieve that goal. Watching the memorials and 9/11 footage on television this past weekend has left me with a feeling that Americans are more sad and angry and yet more hopeless than ever. We are angry that so many innocent people perished on that fateful day. We cry along with the relatives as they touch the victims names in the walls at Ground Zero or lay flowers at the Pentagon or in Pennsylvania. We are angry that so many of our bravest have been killed in the wars in the Middle East yet really don’t see an end in sight. Although the President has scheduled troop withdrawal, will the wars ever end? God Bless America.

    • I doubt the wars will ever end. And the bitterness just seems to be getting worse as intolerance on all sides swells. This country sure could use more blessings.

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