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They’ll know us by our LOVE

September 8, 2011

This weekend we mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crashing of flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. There have been a lot of articles and editorials that have looked over the last ten years and tried to analyze what has changed. There are critics that claim the country has spiraled into “global insignificance” and despair. There are those who feel this anniversary marks a time and memory of great pride in this country. I personally always come back to the lives lost, heroic sacrificial acts and how nothing felt the same after that day. I also see this ten years later as a critical part of our history, evidenced by a generation starting High School that really does not remember it. So, like any part of our history, let’s use it to move forward. What better way to honor those fallen by using the tragedy to make a difference today. We can all reflect on how these events changed everything. It was more than making sure the “terrorists did not win.” I remember how I appreciated the little things more, or felt heroic the first time I got on an airplane again. I like this quote by Leo Connolly, a Priest at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Zanesville, Ohio, from the second anniversary of 9/11: “Maybe — if we’re consistent and try long enough and hard enough — even our most ardent enemies will be moved by Christian love. … If we don’t give people enough love, then the terrorists have won.”

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