September 11: Let us pray...

When Sudden Terror Tears Apart

When sudden terror tears apart
the world we thought was ours,
we find how fragile strength can be,
how limited our powers.

As tow’r and fortress fall, we watch
with disbelieving stare
and numbly hear the anguished cries
that pierce the ash-filled air.

Yet most of all we are aware
of emptiness and void:
of lives cut short, of structures razed,
of confidence destroyed.

From this abyss of doubt and fear
we grope for words to pray,
and hear our stammering tongues embrace
a timeless Kyrie.

Have mercy, Lord,
give strength and peace
and make our courage great;
restrain our urge to seek revenge,
to turn our hurt to hate.

Help us to know your steadfast love,
your presence near as breath;
rekindle in our hearts the hope
of life that conquers death.

By Carl P. Daw, Jr
2001 Hope Publishing Co.

(The lines above are the lyrics of a hymn)

Let us pray...

Gracious God,

All good gifts come from your hand,
and into our clumsy grasp
you entrust the precious realities
of life, justice and peace.

We remember this day
how fragile is the gift of peace
and how vulnerable are we
in each other’s hands.

We remember those who died
and those who mourn their loss...

We remember those whose courage
gave us a new model for bravery...

We remember those who gave their lives
in their efforts to save others...

We remember that day, that sunny morning
when the borders of our nation
were broken through to the depths of our hearts...

We remember and we pray
for the healing and peace
that only you can give
and that we must share...

Bring us to the day, O God,
when war is but a memory
and peace our way of life...

Bring us to the day, O God,
when the harvest of justice
will nourish the people of all nations...

Hasten the advent of that day, O God
and let our pride not stand in its way...

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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  1. Thank you for a beautiful poem and prayer on this 9th anniversary remembrance day.

    I have posted your prayer on my blog.

  2. Thank you for beautiful heartfelt prayers.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful prayers.

  4. As I wrote you, Father, Father Tom Mahoney read your prayer at the end of his homily at Mass General this evening. Thank you so much.

    Sunday's readings remind us that what might not necessarily be easy is certainly simple, at least as far as our God is concerned.

    We must forgive.


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