Saturday, January 17, 2009
Saint of 9/11
In an enduring photograph of September 11, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest’s body from the World Trade Center.
The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, a Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York City, in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice.
Saint of 9/11 presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department Chaplain, rousing Irish-American balladeer and iconoclast, Father Judge was a humble parish priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways.
Throughout his career as a friar, he lived a life of witness, action and love. He provided hope, warmth, compassion, and acceptance.
Mychal Judge knew the pain of loss and suffering. He struggled with alcoholism and was an outspoken AA advocate. Through his own vulnerability, imperfection and fragile humanity, he was able to reach people in their pain, shame and fragility. Father Judge was a gay man who loved his priestly work.
---- Equality Forum
I doubt the Church will rush to have Fr. Mychal a Saint... after all he was an openly GAY Priest, (accepting his call to celibacy) and he was a very active member of AA, which spoke directly to his struggles and imperfections. He did not write deep poetry in the woods or climb the ladder of heirarchys... INSTEAD, he took a Firemans Ladder and devoted his life and in the end gave his life to that Ministry. He was 68 years young when he died... Fr. Mychal was not bitter towards the way things were within the Church he loved... he was HOPEFUL and that more than anything is what I think makes him a Saint! He was hopeful that this was our time. A time when Gay people would be no less accepted than any other people within the confines of a Church that promises to care for the oppressed and the poor.... Fr, Mychal knew full well, as most Saints do, that it is Jesus that calls us marginal folks. He LOVES us and has given us a desire to seek Him in all that is broken in our lives through others who are still oppressed and "Terrorized"... yes, it is fitting that Fr. Mychal Judge be the Saint of 9/11. He fought against Terrorists his ENTIRE life...