Monday, September 17, 2001

Churches full as people seek answers, consolation

By John J. Byczkowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnatians packed their churches Sunday, seeking comfort and guidance from clergy, God, and from one another in one of the darkest times in their nation's history.

        The messages from the pulpits were strikingly similar: Faith and love will triumph over evil.

        Mixed in with the hymns Sunday were “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful,” and churches collected money for relief funds.

        In some, the prayers were specific: Parishioners at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Edgewood were asked to pray “for the comforting of Ken and Kate Williams, from our own parish, whose son, Brian, was one of the innocent victims.” Brian Williams is missing in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

        The crowd at Mason United Methodist Church was nearly twice as large as usual Sunday, and in attendance were the husband and two children of Wendy Faulkner of Mason, who also is missing in the towers' collapse.

        “People will ask: "Where was God on Tuesday, and how could a loving God allow this to happen?'” the Rev. Sam Stover said.


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