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              Friday, September 14 2001

It's gratifying to see the many letters generated by members of the Nanty Glo List since the events in South-Central Pennsylvania, New York, and the Nation's Capitol on Tuesday. To many of us, Nanty Glo and Blacklick Valley means family and friends, even if we've been away for years. If you'd like to join the Forum at this high-stress and bewildering period, you're most welcome. All you have to do to get on the list is send an email to this address: nantyglo_list-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. No content is required; the "robot" that receives your email will take your address from the "From" line and add you to the list. Join the discussion or just read the thoughts, prayers, and others sharing at this time.

Topic A, #2

Things will never be the same. In some ways that may not be all bad.

Not only the Manhattan skyline but the skyline (perspective) of every American has changed as the first war of the third millenium begins building. We want to be nicer to our neighbors, knowing everyone's hurting, and many are moved to tears on hearing about the outpourings of love, compassion, and acts of assistance and kindness of those wanting to take a stand against terrorism and, more importantly, inhumanity. But we're also angry, and sometimes that breaks out in the way we treat our neighbors; I find, for example, that my own "road rage" is still not cured, but I feel worse than ever about it. The one you want to run off the road for being annoying may be preoccupied by personal losses...thoughts like that should help.

Keep your mind in hell, if you would save your soul...a lot of saints have offered that advice over the history of the church. Don't let yourself be lulled into thinking your youth, your beauty, your wealth, your toys, your life expectancy, even your loved ones, are security or your "reality." They'll all fade and leave you in the lurch. Instead of counting your money, consider the final accounting. It's easier to keep your mind in hell this week because it has become so close to home; we've been seeing it on our living room and bedroom screens.

There has been lots of discussion of God, prayer, and eternal verities on the Forum this week, and I didn't introduce the topic! When I was editing the community newspaper group in San Jose, I was always looking for ways to get into those topics, being first the preacher even if I'd lost my pulpit years earlier. After the 1989 earthquake, I found no one objected to "godtalk," and even hardened secularists like the dean of Bay Area journalists, Herb Caen, were writing about the subjects close to my heart.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Prayer

Dear Father Almighty,

As we mourn for all the people who died in the attack, many of whom woke up with no prayer or thought of You on their hearts, we ask You to extend the full portion of Your Mercy on their souls, even upon the souls of the perpetrators of this horrible crime. We also beg of you to send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, into the lives of their surviving relatives and friends. You, Father, and You alone, have the power to bring good out of evil.

We humbly implore you to guide the hands, feet, and minds of all rescue workers, police and fire workers, and members of the military who are responding to this crisis at this very moment. Protect them. Enlighten them. Help them save lives.

We ask, too, Almighty One, that You extend a blanket of divine protection on the United States at this critical time. Guide our leaders, especially President Bush, and all sovereign nations who are our friends, and place them under the special mantle of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady, who is the patroness of our country.

We ask all of this in the Holy Name that is Above All Other Names in Power and Glory and Love and Mercy; in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our brother, and Our Savior. Amen.

Sent by Bud Macfarlane, Jr.

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