Friday, September 11, 2009

Dona Nobis Pacem

I'm writing this from Houston, Texas. I'm here through Sunday morning exhibiting at a conference for my gig.

It's that time in the week when I usually post a "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend." Choosing a song this week has been difficult as Friday is the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. No ordinary tune will do.

Perhaps like many, I'm still trying to sort out what 9-11 means. Should it be a day for mourning or a day for patriotism? Should it be a day for celebrating freedom or a day of praying for peace?

Certainty evades.

I have been watching a documentary about the life of Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M., the NYFD chaplain who died at the World Trade Center. In the years since I've learned his story, Fr. Mychal has been an inspiration to me.

So, in remembrance of this yet-to-be-canonized saint and all those who died on September 11, 2001, below is a Bach setting of "Dona Nobis Pacem" (Latin for "God, grant us peace").


1 comment:

Fran said...

I am sitting here weeping. Somehow I think I am over it and then the day comes and I realize that I am not.

There is really nothing to be "over" is there?

Thank you for posting this.