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    At a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, Sister Aloysius
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Bill Wright is a Texas photographer with five photographic books to his credit. He has
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Austin. He recently made a trip to Afghanistan, and kept a journal of his experiences.

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I woke up to bad news this morning. There was
another bomb blast on the outskirts of Kabul
about 30 minutes ago and two were killed and
a taxi demolished. Four other persons injured.  
This occurred on a road heavily traveled by the
U.S. Military as they travel between one of their
near-by bases and downtown Kabul. It will be
interesting to see what the reaction is when I head for the school. J.B, Leedy, the Public
Affairs Officer, at the embassy wanted to come by this morning early to meet some of the
students but this latest incident will probably restrict her to the embassy campus.

I am certainly grateful for the tight security here at the Serena Hotel and my experienced
“fixer”, Faideen.  At any rate, the day goes on. Everyone will be looking over their
shoulder, which is good. We will visit AINA, a program founded by a National Geographic
Photographer, Reza Deghati, who assisted my friend, Sue, in securing the books for the
students here.

Before breakfast, I walked for a while in the garden of the hotel. The rose garden was in
bloom and the doves were flying about. What a strange contrast with the events of
violence that are occurring in the country. It was very peaceful and the sounds of the city
coming to life were much the same as I would expect to find in any American city. Of
course the similarity ended as soon as...
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O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will but

also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they

have inflicted upon us: remember the fruits we bought, thanks to

this suffering, our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the

courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart which have grown

out of this: and when they come to judgement, let all the fruits we

have borne be their forgiveness.
Normandy, France
A prayer written on a piece of wrapping paper in Ravensbruck, the
largest of the concentration camps for women in Nazi Germany.
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn,
and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste
places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness
shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. My righteousness is near, my salvation is gone forth,
and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Hearken
unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men,
neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
--Isaiah 51: 1,3,5,7
The Holy Bible, King James Version
Shopping mall, Kabul
Photo: Stephen Bowman
Photo: Stephen Bowman
Many nations will go and say, "Come,
let us go up to the Mountain of
Hashem and to the Temple of the God
of Jacob, and He will teach us of His
ways and we will walk in His paths. He
will judge between many peoples and
will settle the arguments of mighty
nations from far away. They will beat
their swords into plowshares and their
spears into pruning knives; nation will
not lift sword against nation, nor will
they learn war anymore.
--Micah 4:2,3
The Tanach (Jewish)
The Stone Edition
Hope has two beautiful daughter. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are,
and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

--Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)
One of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity
And now, the Last Word:
Bless all those who went to the Lord on September 11, 2001. May those they left behind know courage and strength.
May those who wept through the days that followed, those that picked up the pieces of wreckage left behind and those
of us who watched them with aching hearts, be filled with the healing power of His Love and Peace.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Dorothy Bernard (1890-1955)
American film actress