As September begins, we look towards the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As one of the New York City Pauline Cooperators, I notice that so many neighborhood associations and community organizations in Manhattan are planning gatherings and tributes. Even within a secular context, people seek a communal spiritual moment for mutual support and comfort. Still now, many remain on the journey of coping with the bereavement experienced a decade ago by so many in our city and country.
In its liturgical calendar, our Church provides such great support to us at times like this. As occurs so often with our liturgical calendar, we notice that Our Lady is there for us in the feasts and remembrances of the current weeks. Recent weeks have seen the celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the week of September 11th, we commemborate the Most Holy Name of the Virgin Mary (September 12th) and Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th). This last holy day is placed the day after the Feast of the Exhaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14th) to remind us of Mary's presence at the foot of the Cross -- just as she is present, as Mother to us all, providing consolation and guidance to us during times of suffering and loss.