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Meet Me In The Stairwell - A Remembrance Tribute of 9-11
By Amer Hedow :: Thursday, September 11, 2008 :: 28050 Views :: Religion & Spirituality

'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL'

You say
you will never forget
where you were
when you heard
the news
On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor
in a smoke filled room
with a man
who called his
wife to say 'Good-Bye.'
I held his fingers steady
as he dialed.
I gave him the
peace to say,
'Honey, I am not going to make it,
but it is OK..

I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife
when he called as she
fed breakfast to their children.
I held her up
as she tried
to understand his words
and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell
of the 23rd floor
when a woman cried out to Me for help.
'I have been knocking
on the door of your heart for 50 years!'
I said.
'Of course I will show you
the way home
only believe in Me now.'

I was at
the base of the building
with the Priest
ministering to the injured
and devastated souls.
I took him home
to tend to his Flock
in Heaven.
He heard my voice
and answered.

I was on all four of those planes,
in every seat, with every prayer.
I was with the crew
as they were overtaken.
I was in the very hearts
of the believers there,
comforting and
assuring them
that their faith
has saved them.

I was in
New York,
Michigan,
California,
Illinois,
Iraq.

I was standing next to you
when you heard
the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?

I want you to know
that I saw every face.
I knew every name -
though not all know Me.
Some met Me
for the first time
on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me
with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me
calling to them
through the smoke and flames;
'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.'
Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.

www.Chaldean.org
Viewers I now ask...

I did not
place you in the Tower that day.
You may not know why,
but I do.
However, if you were there
in that explosive moment in time,
would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001,
was not
the end
of the journey
for you.
But someday
your journey
will end.
And I will be there
for you as well.
Seek Me now
while I may be found.
Then, at any moment,
you know you are
'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell
of your final moments.


Stop whatever you are doing,
and take this opportunity.

Stop and think
and appreciate
God's power in your life,
for doing what you know
is pleasing to Him.

If you are not ashamed
Jesus said,
'If you are ashamed of Me,
I will be ashamed of you
before My Father'

If you are not ashamed,
send this video to othhers
and declare loudly
in
words,
songs,
and deeds!

'Yes, I love my God.
He is my fountain of Life
and My Savior.
He Keeps me going
day and night.
Without Him,
I am no one.
But with Him,
I can do everything.
Jesus Christ
is my strength.
He is my stairwell!'

Mar Addai Church, MI USA

Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church
24010 Coolidge Hwy.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel: (248) 547-4648
Fax: (248) 399-9089

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Founding Pastor:
Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Current Pastor:
Rev. Stephan Kallabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Sulemina Denha
 


 

Rev. Stephen Kallabat


Fr. Stephan Kallabat was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing seven years of scholarly work for the priesthood in Mosul, Iraq Fr. Kallabat was accepted at the prestigious university in Rome.  There he spent six additional years of scholarly work in the areas of philosophy and theology and an additional four years in scriptural studies. 

Ordained a priest in 1966 by Pope Paul VI he returned to Iraq to serve the Holy Family parish until his departure to Michigan, U.S. in 1979 to serve the growing population of Chaldeans.  Fr. Kallabat was appointed assistant pastor, then pastor of Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan. 

Hitting the ground running, Fr. Kallabat is credited with raising the necessary funds to provide Chaldeans in the local area a church and community center of their own.  Fr. Kallabat continues to serve the parish and Chaldean community as their pastor.   

Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Fr. Fadi Habib Khalaf was born in Baghdad May 10, 1974.  Fr. Khalaf graduated from Baghdad University in 1997 and soon after joined the Chaldean seminary in Baghdad.  While there Fr. Khalaf earned a scholarship to attend the Urbanian Pontifical University in Rome.  There he earned another bachelor’s degree in theology and was ordained deacon in Rome on May 8, 2004. 

Fr. Khalaf then returned to Baghdad where he was officially ordained as a priest.  Afterward Fr. Khalaf returned to Rome to further his studies.  In 2006 Fr. Khalaf was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the United States.  

In the summer of 2006 he arrived to the Chaldean diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle and was cardinated into the Diocese and elected to serve at Mar Addai parish on March 15, 2007 as the Parochial Vicar.

Rev. Suleiman Denha

Rev. Suleiman Denha was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  Fr. Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, when he was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966. 

After immigrating to the Unite States in 1979, he was appointed to serve the Chaldean community in Virginia.  A year later, Fr. Denha was recruited to assist the much larger population of Chaldeans in Detroit. 

Upon his arrival Fr. Denha assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church.  In 1982 he was asked to temporally assist St. Joseph Church in Troy, returning a year later Sacred Heart. 

In 1991, he was appointed to Mar Addai Church in Oak Park, Michigan as the Parochial Vicar, where he still serves the community today.