Today most of the nation mourns the loss of life that occurred at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and that field in Pennsylvania. Memorials and tributes galore are occurring for those 3000 innocent victims of murderous Islamic terrorism. We join in praying for the eternal repose of these and consolation for their families and friends.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta warned the world that "the fruit of abortion is nuclear war. What you do to the unborn child, you do to Jesus." As horrendous as the 9-11 attacks were, they were not nuclear war. The warning still stands. Was Mother Teresa's statement an infallible prophesy? Of course not - but it makes sense. When she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, she had this to say:"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" We understandably decry the murder of the 3000 killed by the Islamic terrorists - but then we sanction the murder of 3000 of our own babies every day.
In my pro-life email circles, "results of polls" are constantly circulated showing that "the nation is increasingly pro-life". Really? How "pro-life"? Are they "pro-life" enough to do all they can do to end the slaughter? Are they "pro-life" enough to put the babies ahead of their own economic advantage when they make electoral and/or political decisions? If the GOP debates of last week are any indicator, the answer to those questions is, sadly, "NO". Not one substantive question regarding intrinsic morality and the core life issues was broached during that entire program. To the GOP leadership, I say that is an utter disgrace and has earned you, once again, the moniker "Stupid Party".
In the first few days following the attack, American flags sprang up everywhere and the mantra became "God bless America." But how can He bless this nation when we continue to bathe our hands in the blood of the babies we murder (or at least, allow to be murdered)? He won't! Before the United States, as a nation, dare ask for God's blessing, the United States, as a nation, must undergo profound repentance and a change of direction. We are headed towards moral and spiritual collapse and destruction; the current economic woes that are in our national headlights are merely a natural consequence and symptom of the more fundamental ills of which we freely imbibe.
If this day is to be anything more than an exercise in sentimentality, we need to understand the word of God as expressed in 2 Chronicles 7: 14 "If my people, upon whom my name is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek my face, and do penance for their most wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Recall that for a few weeks after the attacks, the churches were actually overflowing. It seems some people woke up to their need for God - for a little while. Alas, that didn't last too long, and they resumed their spiritual and moral neglect. We must realize that our repentance must be permanent and fundamental; it won't be easy. However this repentance must happen quickly, or Mother Teresa's prediction may ring true and the events of ten years ago seem like a wet firecracker in comparison. Our time is drawing short.
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