Some believe that those who perpetrated the events of September 11, 2001, have succeeded in their purpose of making us people of fear, turning on one another and using religion as a weapon. I don’t think so. Like that wonderful woman in the Stephen Sondheim “Follies” song, we New Yorkers are still here. And we are not easily intimidated.
In the best tradition of this town, which a friend of mine named Donald Reilly, OSA, described 10 years ago as “a resilient city of God,” we are determined that we will not be cowed into becoming people of fear and selfishness. We will heed, in our New York fashion, the better angels of our nature.
In the meantime, allow me to offer this prayer from Sr. Kathleen Deignan of the Congregation of Notre Dame. She speaks for many of us.