As awful a time as it was 17 years ago in the days surrounding September 11, there was a shared looking for God … for the wisdom and courage to face evil. There is a common bond to touch the One who has the power to heal and strengthen, something we all need in times of tragedy.
Whether it be two thousand years ago, or today, there is a need for love and compassion that no self-help instructions can fix. Before Jesus acts today, he focuses on one thing: prayer time with God. Then he acts. This contemplation lets us grow as we experience Jesus’s teachings and follow his love.
Have I grown in my faith in Jesus? Do I turn to him for healing and consolation?
Let us pray for blessings of growth upon those seeking Jesus’s help and love.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!