I have taken to my prayers this morning a meditation on what has become for me an icon of the horrific events of September 11, 2001. It has become known as The American Pieta.
It seems hard to believe that it was seven years ago today that photographer Shannon Stapleton snapped one of the most famous images of the attack on the Twin Towers, of a police officer, two firefighters and an OEM responder carrying out their fallen spiritual leader, Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM.
It seems most appropriate, in these strange-salad-days of hope and anxiety, when images of 9/11 are used to bolster the call to the retaliation of war in the face of cries for peace and reconciliation, and the first African American, a man with the unlikely name of Barack Hussein Obama is a candidate for the President of the United States, that we remember his prayer.
let me meet who You want me to meet,
tell me what You want me to say,
and keep me out of Your way
First official recorded victim 9/11 attack