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9/11 Homily Embraces Faith, Healing and Forgiveness

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On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Americans paused to pray and reflect upon the devastating tragedy that shocked the nation and the world 10 years ago. Memorial services were conducted at the three locations where the four planes hijacked by terrorists crashed, taking the lives of approximately 3,000 people from 80 countries.

One decade later, while the sorrow and pain remain, reflections shared by religious and civic leaders on September 11 spoke of faith, forgiveness and peace. Those were the key themes emphasized by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge in his homily during the celebration of 10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.

“We gather in this Cathedral as members of God’s family united in faith, hope and love,” Bishop Burbidge said, “and we gather to pray that true peace and love will reign in our country and throughout our world now and forever.”

In commemorating the horrific acts of 10 years ago, Bishop Burbidge noted the importance of fully realizing where we are today: “in the presence of the God who heals and saves us and makes all things new.”

Reflecting on the Scripture readings of the day in which we are called upon to forgive, Bishop Burbidge said, “We must seek to remove from our hearts any deep rooted bitterness, anger or rage, for such emotions, as we know, are at the foundation of the destructive forces we seek to eradicate from our society.”

In the afternoon, Bishop Burbidge presided at a Memorial Prayer Service for the Victims of 9/11 held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest. Taking part in the service were Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese; Father Philip Tighe, Pastor of St. Catherine Church; Father Mark Reamer, OFM, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh; and Father Brendan Buckler, Parochial Vicar of St. Catherine Church.

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Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge presiding at Memorial Prayer Service held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Sunday, September 11.

Above: Faithful attending Prayer Service to pay tribute to victims of 9/11.

Above: Bishop Burbidge greeting faithful following Prayer Service.