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Meet Me In The Stairwell - A Remembrance Tribute of 9-11
By Amer Hedow :: Thursday, September 11, 2008 :: 27833 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!'

St. George, MI USA
St. George Chaldean Catholic Church
45700 Dequinder Rd.,
Shelby Twp., MI 48317
Tel: (586) 254-7221
Fax: (586) 254-2874
 
Pastor: Rev.
Emanuel Shaleta
Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Basel Yaldo

Rev. Emanuel Shaleta 
Rev. Emanuel Hana Isho Shaleta was born in the village of Peshabur in northern Iraq. After completing his primary education he applied and was admitted in September 1971, to the illustrious St. John Seminary in Mosul, Iraq. In 1977 Rev. Shaleta was awarded a scholarship to study philosophy and theology in the renowned Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome. There he obtained a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. 
 
The reverends impressive work earned him the honor to be ordained to the priesthood by the hands of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on May 31, 1984. 
 
On June 3, 1987, Fr. Shaleta was assigned to serve as pastor for St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where he served for just about a decade and a half. 
 
In December 2000, Fr. Shaleta was called to assist St. Jospeh Catholic Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan and shortly thereafter was appointed pastor in 2002. Fr. Shaleta’s impressive leadership merited a unanimous appointment as the first pastor of St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, in Shelby Twp. Michigan, billed as the largest Chaldean church in the world. Fr. Shaleta continues to this day to impressively lead the faithful and offer wonderful opportunities and service to the community. 
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1970. Rev. Yaldo graduated from the National Teachers College in Iraq in 1989 and was drafted in the army in 1990. In 1993, he was honorably discharged for his service. A year later Rev. Yaldo was admitted to Babel College in Baghdad to study philosophy and theology. There Fr. Yaldo, received a scholarship to study in Rome at Urban College, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theology in 2001. 
 
On November 23, 2002, Fr. Yaldo was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle for the Chaldeans. Fr. Yaldo continued his studies whereby he completed a masters degree in Dogmatic Theology with a focus on Marian studies from Urban College in 2003. 
 
The following year he was appointed assistant director of the seminary in the Dora district of Baghdad, and taught Dogmatic Theology at Babel College. His commanding leadership and steadfast skills earned him the secretarial appointment to Patriarch Emanuel III Delly. Upon completion of his duties as patriarchal secretary, Fr. Yaldo was nominated and selected as assistant pastor to St. George Chaldean Catholic Church Shelby Township, Michigan.