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10 Years On: Writers Reflect on 9/11

September 8, 2011

As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, we at Ave Maria Press would like to offer some links to articles and meditations from Christian writers as we reflect on the tragedy and move forward in hope:

Pope Benedict XVI's "Prayer at Ground Zero"

"Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11" by Diarmuid O'Murchu, excerpted from The Notre Dame Book of Prayer

Makoto Fujimura, New York-based painter, wrote “Psalms and Lamentations: Fallen Towers and the Art of Tea”, which was published in Image.

Daniel Horan, O.F.M., posted this piece, which features the funeral homily for his Franciscan brother, Mychal Judge, O.F.M., who was the first recorded victim of the 9/11 attacks. Horan was a freshman at St. Bonaventure University in 2001; he celebrated his final vows to the Franciscan order in August of 2011.

In "Forgiveness and Unity at Ground Zero", Father Bruce Nieli, C.S.P., tells how, after being recruited to bless the bodies of 9/11 victims, the Holy Spirit turned his bitterness into forgiveness.

*Image credit: "Charis Seat" by Makoto Fujimura, as posted on By/For. Used with permission of the artist.

Fr. James Martin, S.J., reflects on how his life and ministry have been impacted by his experience of 9/11.

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