Culture

President Obama Reads the Bible at 10th Anniversary Commemoration 9/11

The President:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
even though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea.
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake
with its swelling,
there’s a river
whose streams shall make glad
the City of God,
the holy place of the Tabernacle
of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her.
She shall not be moved.
God shall help her
just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged,
the kingdoms were moved.
He uttered his voice.
The earth melted.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come behold the works of the Lord
who has made desolations in the Earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the Earth.
He breaks the bough
and cuts the spear in two.
He burns the chariot in fire.
Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the Earths.
The Lord of Hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 46. Most appropriate.

HT

Church

Pope Prays for Sept 11 Victims, Condemns Hate Crimes

Reuters:

Pope Benedict on Sunday prayed for the victims of the Sept 11 attacks and appealed to those with grievances to resist the temptation to resort to hate and violence to resolve their problems.

The pope, who also sent a message to U.S. Catholic Church leaders to mark the anniversary, offered prayers for victims and their families during a visit to the Adriatic city of Ancona, where he traveled to close an Italian Church conference.

He called on all people to “always reject violence as a solution to problems and resist the temptation to resort to hate but to work within society (to resolve issues) and be inspired by the principles of solidarity, justice and peace.”

In a letter sent to U.S. Catholic Church officials on Saturday, he condemned violence in God’s name but said that 10 years after September 11, the world still had much to do to address the grievances that give rise to acts of terrorism.