Nicholas Haros, who lost his mother in the attacks, was one of the volunteers reading the names of victims at Ground Zero in Tuesday’s memorial.
After completing his list of names and paying tribute to his late mother, Haros slammed Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Cory Booker and a member of the media for using the 9/11 victims as “props.”
“And one more thing, if I may,” Haros started, talking over the music meant to end his speaking time.
“This year, a representative of the House referred to our loss as just another incident. This year, a network commentator said the president’s performance in Helsinki was a traitorous act as was 9/11,” Haros asserted. “And last week, a senator attacked a Supreme Court nominee and called him a racist for alleged comments after 9/11.”
“Stop. Stop,” he pleaded. “Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theater. Their lives, sacrifices and death are worth so much more. Let’s not trivialize them or us. It hurts.”
(Joh 16:33) These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress. But have confidence. I have overcome the world.
ST. JOHN PAUL II (09/12/2001): “Yesterday was a dark day in the history of humanity, a terrible affront to human dignity. After receiving the news, I followed with intense concern the developing situation, with heartfelt prayers to the Lord. How is it possible to commit acts of such savage cruelty? The human heart has depths from which schemes of unheard-of ferocity sometimes emerge, capable of destroying in a moment the normal daily life of a people. But faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ’s word is the only one that can give a response to the questions which trouble our spirit. Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say. Christian hope is based on this truth; at this time our prayerful trust draws strength from it”.
VATICAN NEWS: Remembering 9/11 with the Popes
CRISIS MAGAZINE ARCHIVE: September, 1683: Victory in Vienna
A MOMENT WITH MARY: The image of the Virgin on all banners!
More than a century after their defeat at Lepanto (1571), the Turks attempted to invade Western Europe by land in 1683. The Grand Vizier had 150,000 to 300,000 men under his command. He pledged to take Belgrade (Serbia), Buda (in today’s Hungary), Vienna (Austria), then enter Italy and descend on Rome, “all the way to the altar of Saint Peter.”
In August 1683, an Italian Capuchin and great mystic, Fr. Marco d’Aviano (beatified by Saint John Paul II) was appointed grand chaplain of all the armies of Europe. He lifted the spirit of Vienna and managed to convince the King of Poland, John III Sobieski, to come to the rescue of the capital, with his small army of only 40,000 men.
The capital had been under siege since July 14th and was about to surrender. The balance of power was not in favor of the European troops. But Vienna asked the Virgin for her intercession and put her image on all the banners.
On September 11, 1683, Father Marco celebrated Mass on Mount Kahlenberg (a hill just outside Vienna which dominates the city) for the whole army, served by the Polish king. He predicted an astonishing victory.
Troops led by John III Sobieski and Duke Charles of Lorraine attacked the Ottomans at dawn on September 11th. The women and children prayed in the churches, imploring the help of the Virgin Mary. That same evening, the Grand Vizier’s banner fell into the hands of Sobieski. The danger of the march on Rome was averted.
OPINION: Why Bin Laden Picked the September 11 Date
There is no shortage of information about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Yet, I find that few people realize the apparent reason bin Laden chose that particular date. Lawrence Wright’s terrific 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Looming Tower,” implies the date might have been symbolic.
“Why did these men turn against America, a highly religious country that so recently been their ally in Afghanistan,” Wright asks rhetorically, before explaining:
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 25- “On the destroyer of the passions, most sublime humility”
19. It is one thing to be humble, another to strive for humilty, and another to praise the humble. The first belongs to the perfect, the second to the truly obedient, and the third to all the faithful.
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