Reflecting on the Aftermath of September 11, 2001
On that fateful day in history, September 11, 2001, the world witnessed a devastating tragedy in the United States. A total of 2,752 lives were lost in New York City, another 184 perished in the Pentagon attack near Washington, D.C., and 40 more souls were taken in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Unforeseen Consequences: A Life Altered
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, many individuals grappled with profound changes in their lives. Brian Carris was no exception. The trauma of that day left an indelible mark on him, leading to a series of issues, particularly anger and rage. Regrettably, this emotional turmoil was often directed toward his own family.
A Triggering Article
Adding to the complexity of his emotions was an article written by another individual, Toppin, who described Carris as an “angel” sent from God. This portrayal of him as a perfect human being, always making the right choices, stirred introspection and self-doubt within Carris. It compelled him to confront the incongruity between this perception and his own life experiences.
The Search for Understanding
Seeking answers and a path towards healing, Carris turned to his parish priest for guidance. Recognizing the need for specialized assistance, the priest referred him to Father Jim Kelly, OFM, a priest who also practices psychology. This marked the beginning of Carris’ therapeutic journey.
A Battle Within
Carris embarked on a nine-month-long process of introspection and self-exploration with Father Kelly. It was not an easy journey, often feeling like a battle against his inner demons. His sessions challenged him to confront the root causes of his anger and rage, ultimately guiding him toward self-awareness and growth.
A Transformative Encounter
In the fall of 2002, Carris received a suggestion from his parish priest that would prove pivotal. He was encouraged to attend a Cursillo weekend—a retreat offered by a lay-led movement designed to deepen one’s relationship with Christ. During this retreat, Carris experienced a profound realization: despite being a lifelong Catholic, he had never truly connected with God. This epiphany marked a turning point in his life.
Opening the Door to Faith
The retreat ignited a newfound thirst for spiritual knowledge and growth within Carris. He began reading religious and spiritual books, embracing the teachings of saints like St. Teresa of Ávila. Carris delved into prayer and participated in courses on Christian ministry, all of which deepened his understanding of his faith.
The Path to the Diaconate
As Carris continued to immerse himself in his faith and engage in various ministries, the journey toward the diaconate unfolded organically. His transformation, from a man grappling with anger to a dedicated servant of his faith, exemplified the profound impact of faith, self-discovery, and healing.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media