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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat were our media and web editors in this publication's early days. They wrote this prayer, inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh's classic poem "Please Call Me by My True Names," on September 11, 2001. It was first published on SpiritualityHealth.com, and in the weeks following the tragedy it was widely circulated on the Internet.

This piece appeared in the Winter 2002 issue of Spirituality & Health. I am a World Trade Center tower, standing tall in the clear blue sky, feeling a violent blow in my side, and I am a towering inferno of pain and suffering imploding upon myself and collapsing to the ground. May I rest in peace. I am a terrified passenger on a hijacked airplane not knowing where we are going or that I am riding on fuel tanks that will be instruments of death, and I am a worker arriving at my office not knowing that in just a moment my future will be obliterated. May I rest in peace. I am a pigeon in the plaza between the two towers eating crumbs from someone’s breakfast when fire rains down on me from the skies, and I am a bed of flowers admired daily by thousands of tourists now buried under five stories of rubble. May I rest in peace. I am a firefighter sent into dark corridors of smoke and debris on a mission of mercy only to have it collapse around me, and I am a rescue worker risking my life to save lives who is very aware that I may not make it out alive. May I rest in peace. I am …

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat were this magazine's media editors in its early days, and the authors of Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Touchstone). 


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