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Living Memory
Living Memory
Posted by Jaymie on September 10, 2013 15:11 Article Rating

Twelve years. It has been twelve years since September 11, 2001. Most of us can remember how we heard the terrible news of terrorist attacks on the world Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the plane crash in Pennsylvania and where we were when we heard it.  But to school age children across America, 9/11 isn’t a memory at all. It’s a date in social studies and history textbooks as distant from them as World War II, or Napoleon, or the “shot heard round the world.”

Think about it. This year’s high school seniors were only six when it happened. They don’t remember what the world was like before September eleventh. And in 2001, the kids who are just entering middle school now weren’t even born. While young adults are among those most profoundly mindful of the events of that day, kids who are kids now aren’t very much in touch with the significance of what happened.

I’ve seen this with my own children, who range from almost thirty to thirteen. Our oldest four, just barely still in college and beyond, make an effort to do something to remember 9/11. The younger four, a year on either side of high school and those in-between, pass through the day largely non-observant. There is virtue in both remembering and in moving on. But efforts to preserve the memory of the September 11th attacks have made me think about how we receive—and hand on—our faith.

Saint Paul puts it beautifully when he writes “For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you “(1 Cor. 11:23). Christians are meant to pass on what God has done for us just as we pass on the family stories, memories, and wisdom we’ve received. When we tell our faith stories—where we were in life when we heard the Good News, or how we first found faith—we join a stream of “oral history” that is so much more alive than dusty volumes full of names and dates.

Jesus Christ is not only part of history; he is present to us here and now. Christ also holds our future. When we look for ways to share our stories or recount the mystery of salvation in our own lives, we become more than teachers. We become witnesses.
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