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We Remember

September 11, 2001


            Dear God, this was such a sad day for the United States.  We lost so many of our American Citizens who worked in the World Trade Center, as well as 343  courageous Firefighters and  23 Policemen whose lives were sacrificed while  attempting to carry out their sworn duty to try and save these victims ...we lost so many Friends, with the loss of the International Citizens of over seventy countries who worked within the WTC...we lost a beautiful landmark from the New York skyline...our Pentagon building sustained some major damage in a newly built wing and too many of the employees working there were killed.  The innocent passengers and crew  members who were on the four airplanes which were used by the political pawns in this terrorist plot will be mourned as the true martyrs of this day, not the cowards who caused the crashes. 

            But what we did not lose and will never lose is our love of this United States, where all men and women have the opportunity to live a life of freedom.  We live in a land where there is respect for all different points of view, and the generosity of our citizens has extended a helping hand to lift up the downtrodden and displaced peoples of the entire world.  Our United States of America believes in working to better the lifestyles and political climate of any disadvantaged country who sincerely asks for our help.  We lost a lot on September 11, but we will survive and become a stronger, more united nation because of the adversity and extra challenges of coping with this tragic day. 

           I don't have anything else to say that hasn't been said already.   But I did receive a beautiful prayer that I want to reproduce here.  It was included in a mailing from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL 62223-1160.  Father Louis Studer urges us to pray this prayer often in the days and weeks ahead.

Ask for the Lord's divine guidance and remember His promise:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you."




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Lord, we stand before You speechless, unable to comprehend the tragedy that has struck our nation, or the reasons for so much senseless violence.  We stand humbly before the mystery of Your holy will.

We pray for the many victims of this tragedy, and for their families.   Lord, bring them healing and comfort in their hour of grief.

We pray for all the people of our nation.  Lord, help us to be peacemakers rather than to seek vengeance.  Help us to transform the anger in our hearts, so that we may not become like those who committed this violence.

We remember, Lord, that You have commanded us to love our enemies, and to pray for our persecutors.  And so we pray for the perpetrators of these terrible acts.   Transform their hears of stone, O Lord, into hearts of flesh.

Lord, our faith has been shaken.  Still, we stand before you today and say:

We believe.  We believe.





Here is some information that offers a somewhat less bleak perspective of the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is published here, not to lessen the value of the memory of those who lost their lives on this tragic day, but to remind us to have courage that the United States will survive and will continue to be a champion for Freedom in our World.

(adapted from an email message forwarded to me on Columbus Day, October 8, 2001 --- And updated on July 4, 2002)

By now everyone is aware of the death toll as well as reports of the destruction wrought on the U.S.A. in the terrorist attacks of September 11. These were certainly deplorable acts that we will never forget.

But now is the time to look at the other side of the numbers coming out of New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. By studying the figures, we can identify a somewhat uplifting fact that the mainstream media has not reported yet --- the SURVIVAL rates, as well as some other positive statistics.

The Buildings

The World Trade Center
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were places of employment for over 50,000 people. With the known fatalities and the missing list totaling 2,823 people, that means over 94% of the people targeted survived the attack.

The Pentagon
Some 23,000 people were the target of a third plane aimed at the Pentagon. The latest count shows that 126 lost their lives. That is an amazing 99.5% survival rate. In addition, the plane came in on a trajectory too low to affect a large portion of the building. On top of that, the section that was hit was the first of five sections to undergo planned renovations that would help protect the building from terrorist attacks. Construction crews had recently completed straightening and blast proofing, saving countless lives. This attack was sad and, of course, tragic for the victims, but a statistical failure. (there were an estimated 22,875 lives saved!)

The Planes

American Airlines Flight 77
This Boeing 757 that was flown into the outside of the Pentagon could have carried up to 289 people, yet only 64 were aboard. That means that 78% of the seats were empty.

American Airlines Flight 11
This Boeing 767 could have had up to 351 people aboard, but carried 92. Thankfully, 74% of the seats were unoccupied.

United Airlines Flight 175
Another Boeing 767 that could have seated 351 people had only 65 people on board. Fortunately it was 81% empty.

United Airlines Flight 93
This Boeing 757 is one of the most uplifting stories yet. The shortest passenger list of all the flights to be hijacked, it had only 44 people aboard out of a possible 289. That means 84% of its passenger load was unused. Yet these passengers stood up to the attackers, thus thwarting a fourth attempted attack upon a national landmark, saving incalculable hundreds (or thousands) of lives in the process.

In Summary:
Out of a potential 74,280+ victims directly targeted by these cowardly terrorists, 97% survived or avoided the attacks. That is a higher survival rate than is experienced by the victims of heart attacks, breast cancer, kidney transplants and liver transplants, which are all common, survivable illnesses.

Pass this information on to those in fear.  AND apprise the media of these facts.

Do not fear the terrorists. The odds are against them!

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A Personal Reflection on
September 11, 2001


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