We Won’t Forget


I remember that day and where I was and what I was doing.  I was 11 years old, just started the 6th grade, living in Germany, and had a parent-teacher conference that day.  All of a sudden, everybody was talking about the news.  A neighbor of ours told my mom about a plane crash outside in the Pennsylvanian countryside, then of another in Washington D.C.  At the time it seemed so vague though and at first I thought it was conflicting information.

I don’t remember if we had the parent-teacher conference, which was probably cancelled due to a national emergency, and we went home.  When we turned on the TV FOX News played the two-plane crash in the Twin Towers on a constant loop all day with no break.  It was something unlike anything anybody has seen in their whole life.  The last time something about this big happened to the U.S. was in Pearl Harbor.

That day will be permanently etched in my mind.  To this day we remember how old we were, where we were and what we did on that day that will probably be unlike any other in our lives.  We pray for the victims, their friends and their families.  Many find it hard it believe in a God who is all-loving and yet omniscient and omnipotent.  They ask, “How can God be all-loving, all-knowing and almighty yet all this evil exists.”  These things exist because of the sin of mankind.  Since then all history is a progress to the ultimate goal of mankind, as Saint John Paul II wrote, “God freely willed to create a world ‘in a state of journeying’ toward its ultimate perfection” [1].  He continued saying that this “involves the appearance of certain beings and the disappearance of others, the existence of the more perfect alongside the less perfect, both constructive and destructive forces of nature” [2].

God predestined the fall of humankind so as to reconcile it to His only begotten Son and so “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” [3].  Yet God tests the saints through the existence of evil.  God thus desired “through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross” [4].  Yet this does not mean that all shall be saved; the souls of the righteous shall be with the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and the saints for eternity while the souls of the wicked shall be cast into eternal hellfire [5].  God is merciful yet He is just [6].  He will demand justice on the day of judgment based on whether we obeyed Him or not.

Let us pray for perseverance in faith, hope and charity.  As Saint Paul said we must “rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us” [7] as we await “for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” [8].

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 310

[2] Ibid.

[3] John 3:16

[4] Colossians 1:20

[5] Matthew 3:12

[6] Deuteronomy 4:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:6

[7] Hebrews 12:1

[8] Titus 2:13



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