Monday, September 11, 2006
Remembering and Praying
This day cannot pass without acknowledging the horrible evil that befell our country five years ago. I cannot view the images without feeling like I was punched in the gut, so I tend to avoid them. Yet, I cannot avoid or deny the reality of that day. The barbarous, heinous acts of September 11, 2001 were acts of unadulterated evil. Their perpetrators were the embodiment of evil.
Some object to the title “War on Terrorism” when we speak of our country’s struggle to combat those who support such atrocities. I am really not worried about what we name our cause. We are not seeking a “clash of civilizations”. We are engaging in a clash for civilization. A civilized society cannot survive when such evil is tolerated.
For the victims of 9/11 I pray:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
In remembrance of this day I pray:
St. Michael the Archangel
Deliver us in battle this day. Be our protection from the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.