Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9.11.01

Wow how time passes us by.  Today is the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States of America in 2001.  I remember this day like if it was yesterday.  The images and sounds are vivid in my memory.    
September 11 will always be a date engraved in the minds and hearts of all who witnessed it, whether in person or on television. The events were indeed horrific. Planes were hijacked, people killed on them. 

Those same planes were used as missiles by terrorists who crashed them into the World Trade Center's "Twin Towers" and the Pentagon. Another plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the brave passengers thwarted the terrorist's plans to use the plane as another weapon - possibly aimed for the Capitol building or White House.
There are many questions we ask. One is why. 
  • Why did this happen? 
  • How can people be so evil to even think up these ideas and carry them out? 
The answer is sin. The infection of original sin is transmitted by concupiscence as St. Augustine tells us. Concupiscence is a strong desire to seek what is bad and evil.  Evil, general bad things and sin appear to be fun or useful to humanity because of concupiscence.  Even good things are often perverted and used to do evil as well.   It is the "Id" gone wild, so to speak.

Some anti religious people claim religion caused Sept 11; however, that is not so. This concupiscence or desire to do evil is the root cause. Terrorists hijacked Islam in order to carry out these heinous attacks in the name of God. The reason was not religion itself, but politics. Those who feel the United States of America is an unwanted presence in the Middle East came up with a plan to bring this nation to its knees.  Similarly, President Obama is being warned now in 2013 not to put the United States in a situation that will make it the police of the world.  He wants to strike Syria.  This will most likely give terrorist the reason to cry out "Jihad" and plan attacks against America and our allies just like they did on September 11, 2001.    

That plan in 2001 did bring the USA to it knees, but not in defeat. It brought us to prayer. America was reminded that while it is a super power, it is not the be all end all of the globe. 

Unfortunately, America has been spreading many ideas that feed concupiscence.  In a nation that kills its own unborn children and which promotes promiscuity in the guise of "safe sex," attempts to pervert marriage, those who are spiritually mature can see the real battle that is going on between evil and good. (Eph 6:12)  Like Communist Russia, the USA has made many errors run rampant throughout the globe.


September 11 reminded us that we are not gods. We cannot live in this life thinking that nothing will happen or that we control every aspect of space, time and matter. America is not immortal.  Unfortunately, America learned this lesson the hard way.  Nevertheless, it was beautiful to see this nation become "e pluribus unum" in the days that followed the attack.  Everyone united despite differences. Churches, Synagogues, Mosques were full nearly every day. Everyone prayed, helped each other in a spirit of goodwill.  If only this would have continued even to today in 2013!
On September 14, 2001 President Bush declared the day the National Day of Prayer & Remembrance. Ironically on this date the Catholic Church celebrates the Triumph of the Holy Cross. It is also ironic that among the piles of dust, twisted steel beams and other debris, all that remained were 2 beams in the form of a Cross. 

Was God telling us something? We cannot know for sure, but coincidences do not exist. Anything that happens in life has some reason.  It is Divine Providence at work. 
  • But why would God use this violent event to give a message? 
  • Why the loss of innocent people? 

Those questions can go either way. However, we do know God brings good out of evil.

God is not evil, nor does the presence of evil take away from his all good essence. Evil is the absence of good. God sometimes allows evil to happen in order to bring good out of it. That good can be anything He wills. 

Unfortunately it does take a bad event to wake people up. 
  • Why can't people be united, help each other every day? 
  • Why does it take a tragedy to bring everyone together? 
Sometimes kids don't listen when parents calmly tell them to stop doing something that will harm them. It isn't until mom and dad raises his/her voice or uses some other form of discipline that the child presents his/her attention.

Humanity as a whole being God's children are not any different. God does sometimes use a strong way to get humanity's attention. We must pray, meditate, and grow spiritually in order to see what God's will is. America needs to wake up and not go the way of the Greeks and Romans whose societies became so licentious that anything and everything was allowed. There was no moral/immoral distinction; everything was "good." 

Today we see abortion where some argue till they turn blue claiming that it is a good.  They will distort Biology and Embryology, even ontology in order to present Abortion as a mere surgical procedure instead of the murder of a human being.  

Others push for marriage between same sex couples and to allow transgendered people to use either bathroom. Now they even want to make pedophilia normal.  This is an abuse of freedom.  It is a complete neglect of morals and conscience.  Society is reverting back to primitive times.    

Where is the line between sanity/insanity and morality/immorality? America must pray, follow the Lord's will be truly be a Nation under God.
Let us pray to the Lord, keep His will and Commandments alive. We must worship God, love God and one another; not attempt to make ourselves God and oppress our brothers and sisters born or preborn.  We must not attempt to rewrite the Natural Law and redefine sex and marriage in order to appease evil intrinsic sexual deviance.  

Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011 and America has changed a lot since the attacks he planned and had carried out.  We have more security, have troops all over the globe.  However, have we changed our moral fabric which is dissolving?  

Secularism is on the rise in America.  Democrats booed God at their convention in the last election and throughout America clubs promoting secularism and atheism are appearing in high schools and colleges.  They are confusing our youth and distorting God's word in order to make it seem as a 'fairy tale.'  Our nation is imploding.         

As 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: " if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

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