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Meet Me In The Stairwell - A Remembrance Tribute of 9-11
By Amer Hedow :: Thursday, September 11, 2008 :: 28727 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. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.