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Today is a day most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful morning.  It is a day that not only changed the USA, it changed many people in deep and profound ways.  I wasn't the same immediately after the event from who I was just prior to the event.  And as time has passed I continue to change, somewhat as a result of the event.

I recently read a book entitled: "Franciscan Voices on 9/11".  The book is a compilation of writings from various Franciscans reflecting not only on the event of 9/11, but also on spiritual ways we can cope and move forward from the event.  I am sharing this particular quote from the book as my reflection this day.  I hope it helps guide us on our journey of change.

"Doubt is not opposed to faith; despair is.  We see this in the case  of the father who brought his son to Jesus for healing.  When Jesus encouraged the father to have faith, he replied, 'I do believe, help my unbelief!' (Mark 9:24) ... Lament is not a failure of faith, but an act of faith.  We cry out directly to God because deep down we know our relationship with God counts; it counts to us and it counts to God.  Even if we do not experience the closeness, we believe God does care.  Even if God seems not to hear, we believe God is always within shouting distance.  In the scriptures, God does not say, 'Do not fear, I will take away all the pain and struggle.'  Rather, we hear, 'You have no need to fear, since I am with you' and together we will make it."

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