There is one thing about 9/11 that sticks in my mind even till today. The picture of firemen rushing into the World Trade Centre, to their certain death, while everyone was running as fast as they could away from the Twin Towers.
You see the same thing on TV at mass shooting events. Police and care givers rush toward the crime scene while everyone is leaving as fast as possible. Soldiers do this for their country.
Those scenes are actually repeated all around us every day. There are always people who rush toward danger, this could be into bad weather, broken infrastructure, fire, flood, or any place where people are found to be in danger.
Parents do it for their children, teachers for their students, priests and other religious workers do it when people are in need of protection, care or have any other need.
So, whether this response comes from faith, duty, responsibility, or love, it is so reassuring that the world is still full of people who are willing to risk all to help others.
Many people do this because it is their job to do. Others do it because it is their moral duty to do it. Some do it because of the love of God that they have in their hearts and they serve because they believe that this responsibility is comes from their faith.
So, whether this response comes from faith, duty, responsibility, or love, it is so reassuring that the world is still full of people who are willing to risk all to help others. Our society with all its faults, still has so many people who are every day heroes.
This instinct to serve others shows up in other aspects of life as well. Some disasters or problems are not immediate sign posts of problems. There are such things as climate change, loss of species, environmental damage, and exploitation of resources. People have and further need to stand up and offer solutions to these and other problems.
We all have an obligation to get involved and work on making those segments of our society which in fact are the basis of an effective world.
We do not just ignore all this or people who are in imminent danger. We do not leave societies or organizations that need reform or renewal. We all have an obligation to get involved and work on making those segments of our society which in fact are the basis of an effective world.
We need to help solve the problem – not to run away from them and act as if they do not exist.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM
This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper
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