Sunday, September 11, 2011


Matthew 22:35-3935Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

I have many thoughts today. I pray for the victims and their families. It was a monstrous evil and yet there is hope. As I have said many times before I love the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. They truly love their neighbours as themselves. Perhaps the jihadi killers, who make a mockery of their own faith, should pay attention and see who will really go to heaven

On Sunday there will be memorial services in three area communities. The U.S. ambassador and Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will be in Gander, where a piece of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center will be officially presented to the town.

Locals say just about everybody in town ended up helping in some way that day. Many say that the hospitality came naturally – and that the international attention it sparked has been kind of embarrassing.

Thelma Hooper and her husband Bill, then the mayor of Lewisporte, hosted several people, including Ms. Brooks-Jones. She believes the fuss over the area’s reaction is a bit much.

“I feel like, why all this attention?” she said. “We only did what anybody would do to help these people. But I realize people think it’s something impressive.”

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