I ask each of you to please to take time for prayer both today, tomorrow and this week as we remember the fifteenth Anniversary of the tragic events on September 11th in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. In a special way focus on the many stories of bravery, self sacrifice and courage that we witnessed in the lives of Law Enforcement Personnel, Firefighters, EMS, Military Man and Women and Civilians.
Today, I want to in particular remember two Chaplains who are now in the hands of God.
We all know the story of Fr. Mychal Judge. He was the FDNY Fire Chaplain who was the first recorded death of the tragic events of September 11th. What I personally liked about Father Judge was his constant availability to walk with firefighters and their families. He reminded us all that while in a 100 years, no one would remember our names, but that for now the baton was passed to us and that we are one in a line. This is a great reminder for each of us, every day, to go out there and do our work with dedication and excellence.
Chaplain David McPherson was deployed to New York right after the tragic events. He ministered to firefighters and their families and to civilians. He later became a Colorado Springs Fire Department Chaplain, but unfortunately died a few years ago. What I miss about David is that he had a great heart and a great intuition for service. During the Castle West Fire in COS he realized that there was a need for dry sock for the firefighters and he ran out and bought socks for the firefighters. That was his gift. That was part of his legacy. Firefighters remembered his great kindness.
Let’s never forget the lessons of courage, self sacrifice and bravery that we saw fifteen years ago.
Blessings, Fr. Brad