It is my hope that through this blessing practice we can remind ourselves that this is what it feels like to love. This is what it feels like to know peace.
I will forever be proud of the teachers and school staff who bravely put aside concerns for their own safety to protect their students. I think of the courage, caring and resourcefulness they displayed.
So for all our brothers and sisters everywhere who share the incarnate knowledge of what hatred can do, what rageful reactivity can occasion: this song for all who would rebuild a New City.
As we approach the tenth anniversary of September 11, we cannot forget the tragedy suffered that day, but we are also reminded of the extraordinary compassion displayed by individuals and communities across the country.
Those working on the 9/11 museum have had to contend with issues not typical of museums -- terrible pain and the knowledge that the attack's place in history was still being debated.
Ten years later, it's easier to acknowledge where we fell short. We're wiser -- in some ways But wen we retell the story of 9/11, we generally gloss over the fact that some of the first responders who died might have lived.
Ten years ago, the United States suffered a horrific attack. There was shock, anger, fear and unbearable sorrow. We expressed our condemnation, remorse and renewed commitment to peacemaking.
While I believe ours to be the greatest country on earth, one that has done so much to improve the world, I also believe we have much for which we should repent.
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For many Ground Zero workers, being hailed as a hero felt like fraud. "A hero is the guy who emerges from a burning building with a baby in his arms," they told me. None of them had, despite their attempts, rescued anyone.
I was desperately driven to cleanse the violations against my city by doing things to help. After waiting for hours to give blood, they ran out of vials. My frustration escalated. I couldn't rest until I made a difference, albeit small.
As unimaginable and cowardly as the 9/11 attacks were, it's important to ask ourselves what we must learn from them. Not just about terrorism, but about our country and ourselves as well.
Ten years ago the world united in horror at the attacks perpetrated in the United States on September 11th, 2001. In that moment, geographical distance vanished and differences in culture or political systems faded away in our common grief.
The suits that adorn the patrons of cafes, restaurants and sidewalks on Wall Street and in Battery Park City now mingle with tourists donning "I LOVE NY" t-shirts.
Ten years is a long time to carry the damage and injury trauma survivors become so familiar with, awake or asleep, but maybe it is part of who I am today and maybe there is no moving on for me in the way we expect it to happen.