Splendid Sundays


On this, the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we remember those who have gone before us. God, have mercy on us!

As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed as a group that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. However, we do want to keep discussion going, so we will be posting about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. Don’t worry, we’re set to auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too. 🙂

Sunday readings hold different meaning for different people. Inevitably some part of Scripture or a certain place during Mass jumps out at someone, giving them something they needed at that precise time.

What was memorable for you today? Did the kids behave? Did you find forgiveness in something you had been holding onto for a while? Did you marvel at the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Anything of particular importance you want to share with us? We’d love to hear how Mass impacts your life.

We’d also like to take the opportunity to share a wonderful poem written by Mattie Stepanek, in honor of those whose lives were lost ten years ago today.


We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment…
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment…
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment…
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice…
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment…
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek ©
September 11, 2001

Where were you on 9/11 ten years ago today?

About Martina

I am a 30-something stay-at-home mom to five kiddos, 4/96 through 8/10. We recently decided to homeschool after many years in public school. In my "spare time," I serve as the chair for the Pastoral Council at my home parish and I help with our Adult Faith Formation program, from the planning committee to facilitating and mentoring incoming facilitators. I also enjoy photography as a hobby. I enjoy talking about all things Catholic and always look to infuse a little bit of humor whenever possible.

3 responses »

  1. For me the most powerful message today was that we need to truly give foregiveness & let it go. Something I need to work on. Too many times I SAY that I’ve forgiven someone but continue to say “do you KNOW what they did to me?” I also need to be better about asking for forgiveness. Powerful words on 9/11!

  2. Ronny called me at 8:00 or so in the morning and asked if I was watching TV. Emily was 4, Erin was 1. I told him yes, Sesame Street was in full swing. (BTW, nothing but NOTHING interrupts Sesame Street) He told me to go watch in the other room, and I saw the towers go down. On my way to my annual later that morning, I was listening to the radio as the Pentagon was hit. My SIL’s mom had been on the top deck of the WTC the night before for a business meeting. She has one of the last souvenir mugs and shirts ever purchased from the shop. My aunt lived about 2-3 miles from the Pentagon.

  3. I was folding a load of laundry when I got the call from my father that the first plane had hit. I turned on the television in my bedroom quietly. I had a toddler sleeping in the next room and I didn’t want to wake her. There I sat, with my pregnant belly, still in my bed clothes, folding laundry when I watched the second plane fly into the second tower. I remember singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” to my little girl that night as a lullaby. I have sung it just about every night since then.

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