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BY Father Owen Kearns, LC
Sept. 11 has
become a significant date on the country’s calendar as each year we remember
the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that killed so many Americans.
it should also be a significant date on Catholics’ calendars. That was the day
479 rescue workers — mostly Catholics — died in their duty at the World Trade
Center, among the 14,000 victims.
Priests were heroes that day, too:
The rescue workers had the presence of mind to arrange to have priests come to
give them general absolution on their way into the buildings, and serve those
who made it out.
Sept. 11 is not a liturgical day,
and these rescue workers weren’t necessarily saints. But they were regular
Catholics who were willing to lay down their lives for their brothers, and
“What greater love has a man than this?”
It’s providential that the Church
celebrates the Triumph of the Cross on Sept. 14 and Mother of Sorrows on Sept.
15. The first feast should console us about those who fell, and the second
should console their families.