Contributed by Steve Peck
This is the first article I’ve seen about the upcoming 10th Anniversary of 9/11. It is pretty balanced but shows the depth of the pain that our nation still experiences from this tragedy and I believe will continue to experience for years to come. The more we can do to promote healing and forgiveness in our communities throughout the USA, the sooner we can begin to move forward.
I read a daily reflection compiled from Father Thomas Keating’s writings and today’s was about recognizing our individual capacity for inflicting horrible pain and suffering on each other. Father Keating wrote about leading a seminar with people that had experienced the tragedy of personal suffering inflicted by others. He quoted a woman who survived the Holocaust and lost her parents in the camps. She started an organization devoted to healing for those who have experienced the horrors of war and tragedy. She offered somewhat casually that she could not have started this organization without understanding the capacity within herself to inflict the same kind of horror that the Nazi’s created in the concentration camps. She stated that she could not have started the organization without first accepting her (and our) capacity for inflicting the same pain under horrible circumstances and realizing that none of us can really know how we would react in a similar situation. It is a profound awareness that I think I and all of us do not confront because it is too removed from our current circumstances and too painful to accept that part of ourselves. It is part of what we, the citizens of the USA and the world need to confront within ourselves in order to heal and move forward.