Uncommon Sense

September 17, 2021

The Power of Prayer

Filed under: Culture,Reason,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 1:03 pm
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I saw a powerful photograph of NYFD’s Chaplain Mychal Judge’s body being carried out of the wreckage after 9/11. He insisted on staying in the lobby of the East Tower to pray for all of the valiant firemen and policemen working to evacuate the building. He called upon Jesus and God to “end this now.”

Of course, the building fell on him, killing him.

Death by irony, apparently.

So many people, good at heart, dying from delusions. Could not his prayers be heard if delivered outside? Did God think that people wanted more destruction and chaos and that He should “bring it on,” such that prayers were needed as a kind of poll, to get Him to change His mind? Ah, it is a mystery.

As for rewards coming in Heaven, apparently the good priest is being lined up for sainthood. (Don’t hold your breath, as he was gay.)

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  1. Father Judge did not die inside the World Trade Center building. He was administering last rites outside the building when he was struck either by debris or a falling body. No one inside the building when it collapsed was carried out by other firemen as Father Judge was.

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    Comment by dianeravitch — September 17, 2021 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

    • Curious, Diane … is your comment a defense of Father Judge … or simply a correction of Stephen’s post?

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      Comment by Nan — September 17, 2021 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

      • My comment was a correction of Stephen’s post. There is a famous photograph of several firefighters carrying his limp body away from the World Trade Center. This was before it collapsed. What I recall was that Father Judge was administering last rites to people who died. He died when struck by something that fell from the burning building. He died outside the building. Once the building collapsed, no one walked away. I was not “defending” Father Judge. I never knew him, but I heard after his death that he was widely admired.

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        Comment by dianeravitch — September 17, 2021 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

        • Ironic that, as a ‘sodomite’ (sic), while the good father was praying away his last few moments on earth, the very same god he was praying to was already rubbing his hands in glee as he prepared to send the Priest to Hell.
          Gotta love them Christians, right?

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          Comment by Ark — September 18, 2021 @ 4:15 am | Reply

          • Who said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Are you without sin?

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            Comment by dianeravitch — September 18, 2021 @ 8:44 am | Reply

            • Thing is, Diane, those of us who are non-believers don’t believe in “sin.” That’s strictly a concern of the religious.

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              Comment by Nan — September 18, 2021 @ 10:37 am | Reply

              • I don’t care what anyone’s religious beliefs are. I believe in live-and-let-live. I don’t want to convert anyone, and I don’t want anyone to try to convert me.

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                Comment by dianeravitch — September 18, 2021 @ 11:36 am | Reply

                • Hear, hear!

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                  Comment by Steve Ruis — September 18, 2021 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

                  • Thanks, Steve. That guy is obnoxious and I won’t respond to him anymore.

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                    Comment by dianeravitch — September 18, 2021 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

                    • Obnoxious?
                      More obnoxious than a religion that promotes hate?

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                      Comment by Ark — September 19, 2021 @ 4:51 am

                    • Be nice, I consider Diane an honored guest. And, let’s face it, you and I can be obnoxious almost upon demand. :o)

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                      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 19, 2021 @ 2:02 pm

                • Really? You don’t care about other peoples’ religious beliefs?
                  Are you serious?

                  Is was religious beliefs behind the Twin Towers disaster. You know, The religion of Islam. That’s like Christianity with a different profitoops, I mean prophet, head coverings and face masks for women, more prayers, and c4 explosives.

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                  Comment by Ark — September 18, 2021 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

            • Me? Without ‘sin’. Absolutely! Sin is a religious construct and simply a load of hogwash.

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              Comment by Ark — September 18, 2021 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • I just read the Wikipedia entry for Father Judge. It says he was administering last rites in the second building lobby when the first building collapsed. He was killed by a projectile. So, Steve, you are right that he was inside one of the buildings. But people died both inside and outside the buildings. When the building collapsed, no one inside them survived.

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      Comment by dianeravitch — September 18, 2021 @ 8:53 am | Reply

      • I cherish your commitment to the truth, at least as best as we can determine it. I am promoting you as a “National Treasure,” someone who helps shape who we are in a positive way. And it is funny that I used to bristle reading your early work and now I am one of your greatest fans.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — September 18, 2021 @ 9:12 am | Reply

    • Ah, then the report I read got it wrong. It is beastly difficult finding news and comment that is trustworthy, as you well know.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 18, 2021 @ 9:10 am | Reply


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