Linus... I guess... well here's the problem I'm having. First, I see nothing wrong with the "coming together" it caused. That's great! I was very happy to see people really trying to "do something" (give blood, support firemen, etc.). I was also very sad that it happened, and watching the events even two years later (on the various tv specials) is certainly enough to tear up even the toughest of people. (those people jumping from the buildings is one of the most sobering, sad things I think I've ever seen).
However, the problem I'm having is that in all of Christian history, when disaster struck, people saw it as a result of their sin. This isn't just some naive superstition either, unless we are going to call just about all the saints for thousands of years trapped in superstition. When Judith rose up in Israel, when Constantinople was about to fall, even when Russia was bathed in blood in the 20th century, in all these cases there was to some extent "fighting back," but there was also an acknowledgement that it was because of sin that the disaster had fallen on them. And there was also the acknowledgement things wouldn't get better until repentance. This type of "bringing to repentance" didn't fall away with the physical Israel, but still exists today. Unfortunately, people seem to want to now spiritualize God's Israel as though worldly persecutions can't effect her (and her sins won't bring wordly effects). and (Americans) also for some strange reason think that America is immune to such things. As though America is holier than Israel, Byzantium, or Russia. Why, for example, is no one saying of America what Saint John of San Francisco said of Russia?
Thus, the catastrophe which has come upon Russia is the direct consequence of terrible sins, and the rebirth of Russia is possible only after cleansing from them. However, up to this time there has been no genuine repentance, the crimes that have been performed have clearly not been condemned, and many active participants in the Revolution continue even now to affirm that at that time it was not possible to act in any other way. - The Meaning of the Russian Diaspora
May we always remember those who died in those terror attacks on that day! But I hope we can also remember to repent of our sins, in between going after terrorists and attacking tyrants (all of which I support). The latter will have no effect if we do not do the former (repent).