Let us never forget the victims of what can be considered the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history.
Four hijacked airliners, 19 years ago on this day, crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, resulting in the death of 2,996 persons and the injury of over 25,000 persons.
In remembering them, we condemn acts of terror. We affirm our humanity, which no evil will take from us. We also cherish the memories of those torn away from us in the midst of life.
And, we express our trust in a God of mercy, in Whose hands our world, despite appearances, is held and Who, through the chaos and destruction that we cause, is calling us Home.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington