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A Tribute to America on Anniversary of 9/11

A Tribute to America on Anniversary of 9/11

A Day of Infamy

2977 total, 343 NYC Firefighters, 23 NYC Police officers, 37 from Port Authority.

In just a few short moments in 2001, we saw humankind at its worst and at its best.

At his audience the day following one year ago, our Holy Father offered his prayers and sentiments and said the human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of people. But faith comes in times when words seem to fail. (1General Audience, September 12, 2001. ― Pope John Paul II)

Christ’s Word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit.”


Jesus said, “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the flood broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

When the planes flown by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center on that heartbreaking Tuesday morning, the glass and steel imploded upon itself as the buildings brought down with them the lives so many people.

It is a point to note that the architects built the Towers in such a way that they didn’t collapse immediately. People by the hundreds, maybe thousands had time to evacuate the buildings.


As explained on the newscast steel girders were placed on every floor.

The foundation wasn’t built only on the ground but throughout the structures all the way to the top floors.

It was only because the heat from the jet fuelled fire became so intense that the steel finally gave way.

This sure foundation throughout the structure is what caused the Towers to implode upon themselves and not explode, causing for more serious damage to surrounding buildings, taking many more lives.


God’s goodness in Jesus did exactly the same thing on the Cross.

He took into Himself the cruelty of our sin, so it would cause far less damage to humankind.

That Goodness of God throughout Jesus’ life could not be destroyed even when His human life was savagely taken and destroyed in the dust and rubble of the Tomb.


The Resurrection is our hope when troubles come our way and seem to destroy us.

At the National Service of Mourning following these senseless terrorists acts, President George Busch told of a co-worker who chose to stay with a paraplegic after the tower was hit by the plane; two men carried an invalid down 68 floors and two other people drove from Texas to New York with skin grafts for burnt victims.

A few days following that fatal attack the number of firemen missing had reached over 300.

Firemen walking into that pile of debris looking for human life, not knowing if they would walk out. And they did it.


The goodness of God in the human heart is and will always be stronger than the evil in the world that would seem to destroy and win.


The raising of the American Flag by the fireman, atop the pile of dust and debris of the WTC speaks so loudly to all of the world that the American spirit will never surrender to acts of senseless violence, but will see this through, at all costs, until the evil behind such cowardice acts are no longer free to terrorize people of goodwill.


And where lies that resolve?


To never give up on His goodness in you and in people everywhere.

When all seems lost, such goodness rises above everything and is the new foundation on which we rebuild humankind in Christ.

He is our Hope.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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