A Year Later
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
from the Greene County Messenger - September 6 - 12, 2002
It's been a year since the terrorist attack on America. A cloud now hangs in the air over the land. A new perspective is being developed. Concern for public safety and public protection have risen to the fore. Airports, public utilities and public gatherings have been exposed to heightened security procedures. Men and women serving in the United States armed forces are being called to duty and go with a greater sense of purpose and concern for family and friends. Parents, family members and friends worry about those near and dear to them who wear a United States military uniform. America continues to mourn for those who died on September ll, 2001. Churches have increased their prayer services. Prayers for peace, civil authorities and for the armed forces are said with fervor.
God is still in control of the world. Serious believers go forth daily with confidence in the Divine. The hope resting in the Resurrected Christ knows that the darkness of Holy Friday was replaced with the brightness of the Resurrection. Our values get clarified in times of crisis. The meaning of life and the importance of each life become more apparent in times of crisis. The terrorist attacks of September ll, 2001 have wreaked personal devastation on many, many people. We pray for mercy, for God's goodness to prevail. We pray for healing of the hurt. We pray for good to come from this bad. Wars have not shaken God. Wars have not weakened God. Humans need to use this time to reflect on the place of God in their lives, to rest their lives in God, and find the peace that passes all understanding (Phil.4:7)