Thursday, September 11, 2008

Let there be peace

Franciscan Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, was one of the first of responders to lose their lives helping to save others 7 years ago today. Fr. Mychal served as chaplain for the NYFD and ran to the scene to pray, anoint and help when the horrible events of September 11th occurred. He was the first official recorded victim of the attacks. His fellow firefighters carried his body back to St. Peter's Church where they laid him before the altar. At his funeral Mass, former President Bill Clinton said his death was "a special loss. We should live his life as an example of what has to prevail."
Let us pray today eagerly for peace to prevail in our world.


Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

May all those who lost their lives seven years ago, and all who continue to bear the burden of grief, find peace in God's loving arms.


  1. Simply beautiful. I saw Fr. Mychal's face and was instantly brought back to that day and those connections. Thank you.

  2. Amen!

    Although the former provincial has said the Province will not open the cause of Mychal's canonization,
    Mychal Judge is already, a Saint -- both as an ontological fact by the grace of God, and by the widespread acclamation of the faithful.

    Please see the discussion of this at
    (Click "Patron Saint" from the top index).

    Father Mychal, pray for us.