Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Symbol of Strength

Legacy of Loss

photo - Curtis J. Quinn
Whether visiting New York City for the first time or passing through as part of the daily routine, one can not help but let the image of the Freedom Tower sink into that part of the mind that holds things dear. That tower, while a sign of strength and resolve, of rebirth and rejuvenation, is also a symbol of the loss that brought about its creation.

Jon Krawczyk's cross, too, stands in a place where another symbol of loss once stood. Alongside St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan, Jon's cross looms over the bustling street like a silent watchman, a guardian angel exposed to all, reminding us of what came before.

Tomorrow morning the story of the cross returns to Los Angeles as Catholics At Work of Orange County hosts what promises to be a very special event. All are invited to The 9/11 Cross at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa to celebrate Mass, share some goodwill and some breakfast, and hear from Jon himself about his amazing, emotional journey.

Years in the making, the Freedom Tower stands as a testament to the resilience of the people at her feet - and a reminder of the two gaping holes in the ground nearby.