A Pope's Prayer for Sept. 11
The following prayer was offered at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in 2008 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and again by Pope Francis in 2016.
O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here - the heroic first responders: our firefighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness.

Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the Earth.

Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events.

Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.
We remember all who died on Sept. 11, and we pray for their families, our nation, and our world.

Learn more about BC's Memorial Labyrinth and the 22 alumni who died on September 11.
Exhale, reflect, and be spiritually renewed at Pause and Pray this Monday, Sept. 13 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. on the Burns Library Lawn (near the Labyrinth). All are welcome to participate in this free, outdoor "retreat moment" with Ignatian prayer, music, shared conversation, and dinner. Register and learn more at
The Examen gives us the time and space to be present to ourselves. Join us each week at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Manresa House (58 College Rd.) for this 10-minute, peer-led prayer – a perfect opportunity to be grounded as we begin the new school year.
Meet Jesuits for conversation, prayer, breakfast and lunch. Attend the diaconate ordination. Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on campus. Contact Fr. Patrick Nolan, S.J., to learn more.
Join the Episcopal Community at Boston College's weekly on-campus worship Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Multifaith Chapel for dinner and Holy Eucharist/Compline. All are welcome!
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Candlelight Mass, offered Monday through Thursday in the St. Joseph's Chapel at 10 p.m. Bring a friend; all are welcome.
The Liturgy Arts Group (LAG), the music ministry of BC, is seeking singers, instrumentalists, and bell ringers! Join us for musical prayer, fellowship and fun. Email Meyer Chambers for more.
The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life will host a panel discussion – "Seventy Times Seven: Abuse, Exclusion, and Forgiving the Church" – on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Click for more info and to RSVP.
This weekend's Mass collection supports St. Francis House of Boston. This special place serves over 500 people experiencing homelessness every single day, 365 days a year. Collections like ours will help St. Francis House provide a nourishing meal, a change of clothes or a hot shower to its guests, as well as mental health counseling and workforce training when needed. Your generosity will allow St. Francis House to remain steadfast in its mission to give hope to anyone who walks through its doors. Please be generous.
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