Friday, September 14, 2001

"On this national day of prayer and remembrance, we ask almighty God to watch over our nation and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come. As we've been assured, neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love. May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country. God bless America."
-George W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral today

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Working at the Associated Press when national news happens is crazy. Even in Kentucky, we have access to story after story, update after update as news unfolds before our eyes. To be honest, it's an adrenaline rush and heart-breaking at the same time. It's a learning experience and a reminder that I am blessed.

I went to mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption as one of my contributions to our local stories yesterday. I had never been in there. It was magnificent. That seems like such a silly word, but it was truly glorious. I understand why God gets excited to make His presence known in man-made buildings like that. The priest's words were few, but powerful. It's good to know there are leaders like that in every community reaching out to people, opening buildings to be a refuge from evil.