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Attacks continue to affect worship and preaching

The Sept. 11 attacks have caused Jane Gaeta to rethink the admonition: "Sermons need to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."

From where she stands — in the pulpit of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in the Bayside area of Queens, N.Y. — everyone is afflicted, and all need comfort.

"It seems like post-traumatic stress," Gaeta says. "Whether people are aware of it or not, they may be less patient — doing things they wouldn't normally do, feeling things they don't normally feel."

That's not surprising, because 10 percent of Good Shepherd's members are active or retired members of the New York Fire Department.


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