Prayer for September 11, 2020
By Fr. Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, Vice President for Mission, Assistant Professor of Education
Memorial Service, DeSales University Armed Services Memorial Plaza
God of all Creation, thank you for making all of us,
every person on this planet, in your image and likeness.
As you created each of us, you are our Divine Parent,
and, yes, we are all brothers and sisters.
We come before you on this 19th anniversary of the terroristic attack
on our land that killed so many
in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania,
innocent women, men, children and unborn.
We remember them and ask you to embrace them
more deeply in your eternal love.
We remember their loved ones whose lives and hearts
may still be broken by the evil of that cloudless day
that chipped our shared American soul.
We ask you to heal them,
especially where their memories and families
struggle for wholeness.
O God of our one human family, heal our nation.
Please heal our nation.
Bless us with forgiveness to love our neighbors,
regardless of their national origin or race.
Bless us with wisdom to know the difference
between a patriotism that leads
to American generosity and hospitality
and saves us and others from a narrow nationalism
that excludes others and hoards our abundance.
Bless us with compassion to see your presence
in those in need of community and care, food and friendship,
healthcare and a home.
Bless us with peace to quell violent attitudes of racism,
violent acts of protest, and violent acts of policing.
And, bless us with humility to remain open
to a new idea, a new friend,
and a new way of understanding how you call us
to be one human race,
running in grace,
closer to face
the challenges of our days with hope in you,
with respect for all,
and with a gentleness that honors the dignity
that your creation plants in every human being,
striving to be who we are and be that well.
We ask your protection of the women and men
in our nation’s armed services
and our own veterans here on our campus.
Finally, we ask for the eternal rest of the soul of one of our own,
Daniel Gallagher, from the Class of 2000,
who died in the attacks, 19 years ago this day.
Watch over his family, please.
We make this prayer in the name of the One true God. AMEN.
Fr. Kevin Nadolski, OSFS
Vice President for Mission
Assistant Professor of Education