There’s a wonderful article in New York Magazine by Jennifer Senior about the life of the late Mychal Judge: Franciscan priest, New York Fire Department chaplain and first official victim of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre. Judge carried out his final ministry on that terrible day, looking after the dying and injured.
It’s a long article, but if you have some time to spare, I urge you to read it in full, and contemplate and celebrate the life of this extraordinary man.
Although one can describe Mychal Judge as an extraordinary man, there are many Mychal Judges working in and for communities across the world. And their existence is one of the reasons I cannot bring myself to condemn religious faith per se. Whether or not one believes in a creator god, there is something about the Christian gospel and elements of other faiths that leads some of their believers to act in extraordinary and often heroic ways.
The question is, would they have been thus without their faith?
Hat tip: Dave Hill