Jesus, Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom. Lk. 23:42

Today, many of us will stop for a moment to remember the events of September 11, 2001. People may ask, “Where were when you heard the news?” The day’s events may come over us again in a wave; the shock and disbelief, the horror of watching the never-ending events over several hours that stretched into days and the helplessness and pain of it all. It is hard to believe that it was 15 years ago since it is still so clear in our minds. I remember how grateful I was that our Pastor at the time, Fr. Rob Waller had parishioners called to invite them to come to the Church that evening to pray for our country. It was very comforting in the midst of such confusion and sorrow.

This past December, I had the privilege to go the 9/11 Museum on the lower East Side of New York City. I walked around the fountains on outside of the museum built in the footprint of the two fallen towers. I was reading the names of all those killed in the two buildings and I was emotionally drained by the sheer magnitude of this killing field.

Then I spotted a name that stopped me in my tracks and brought me to tears, Vanessa Lang Langer and Her Unborn Child. I thought of this young woman who was so excited about giving birth soon and preparing for the day when she would be a mother. Her joy was palpable and my sorrow for her was overwhelming. Those words staring at me, “Unborn Child” made me think of how so many babies are killed each day but no memorials or jubilant mothers celebrate them. That day Vanessa’s family’s sorrow became mine.  I will forever remember and pray for her and her child on September 11.

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This post is a bit different from our usual posts but today is a remembrance of a day that was anything but a usual day. We came together in prayer on September 11, 2001.  Please join us today in praying for our country yet again. And, remember in your prayers Vanessa Lang Langer and her unborn child and all the lost babies and mothers.

And his heart goes out to you all the more, as he remembers the obedience of all of you, when you received him with fear and trembling. 2 Cor: 7-15

Cathy O’Toole

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