Tomorrow is the Big Day for a lot of Americans who would like to remember
the victims of 9-11-2001. I would caution others not to say or do anything
that would take away from their sentiment of respect for the enormous loss of
life on that tragic day. The reason I say this is they would not understand, and
they would then be turned away from whatever else you have to say, because
then they have been conditioned to respond with revulsion to such "intolerant"
attitude -- you would be committing a most grave and uncharitable error,
according to that doctrine which they have accepted..
However, there are a few issues of concern.
When Holy Mother Church commemorates the death of someone, it is traditionally
the death of a Catholic. We pray, "...and may the souls of all the Faithful Departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."
The Church calendar has many martyrs and saints, the day of their death being
the day that their names are recalled, and their lives, too. The purpose is to recall
how they kept the Faith to their last living moment, which is our primary objective
in this life, to "persevere to the end" so as to be saved. (Cf. Matt. xxiv. 13)
The Church has the month of November set aside for "holy souls," generally in
reference to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. But the existence of Purgatory is denied
not only by atheists, but also by Protestants. One could say that this is a common
heresy of all non-Catholics. November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, or All Saints'
Day, and November 2nd is All Souls' Day, or the Feast of All Souls (of the faithful
departed). Curiously, the day that precedes these two days
is the one that
Lutherans primarily observe (Luther's Wittenburg Chapel Door-nailing
commemoration day) and that pagans, wiccans and satanist really delve into,
otherwise known as Halloween in popular American culture. It has been described
as "the day when the veil, that separates our world from the spirit world, is the
thinnest, the day when incantations and "sacrifices" to the Evil One are most
A lot of people died on 9-11, and some of them were Catholics. Some of them
were military personnel. But most of them were civilians and non-Catholics. That
does not take away from the tragedy of their untimely end, but we as Catholics
should be wary of getting caught up in the frenzy of worldliness that surrounds
this day of commemoration.
There is specifically one day in the National Calendar that is set aside as a
day of remembering the dead in America, and that is Memorial Day which
commemorates those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. It is held
now on the last Monday of May. The other day of this type is Veterans Day (no
apostrophe) which honors both the living and the dead veterans of the US armed
forces. Neither of these days commemorates civilians who died as a result of
some kind of war, attack, or "terrorist" action, or whatever.
It seems to me that there is a growing trend to borrow from the Church this
tradition of commemorating the deceased, but the secular view is always focused
not on how the deceased preserved the True Faith "to the end," but rather is
focused on the lives of the deceased: how they were nice people. This theme is
now being imported into the funerals of Novus Ordo
services, when they have
eulogies and other commemorative displays of sentimentality. These things were
unheard of in Traditional Catholicism before Vatican II. We always had Requiem
Masses for the sole purpose of praying for the repose of the soul of the faithful
From a Catholic perspective, it should become obvious that this change in
social norms is part of move toward a One World Religion, where all "faiths"
are equal in the sight of "the higher power," or God, if you so prefer. What about
atheists? Their preference for denial of God's existence would be protected by
calling it the New World Order instead of One World Religion. They would be
instructed that if they want to be respected, they have to reciprocate by first
respecting the faith of others who believe in God, because it's their right to do
so under freedom of religion. That way, we can all get along. And there will be
peace. Or so the theory goes.
The prototype for this new push is given by John Paul II and Benedict XVI in
the three Assisi gatherings, Assisi I, II and III. It was at the last of these, held
just a year ago, when a representative of the world's atheists was given the
microphone to address the assembly, and to share in the mutual admiration of
the believers with the non-believers, a sort of specialty of B16, since this falls
under the general category of the denial of the principle of non-contradiction,
which he embraces with open arms. I suspect that's why he did poorly in his
seminary days when he had to "study" Thomistic Philosophy.
But I digress.
The topic of this thread is links to sites that show material for general consumption
explaining what is known about what happened on September 11th, 2001.
It would be good for us to give this a moment's thought before the inevitable
media onslaught occurs tomorrow on 9-11, for we ought to be aware of what is
available, and we should be sympathetic to the emotional reality of others with
whom we will interface tomorrow. Remember that they have largely been
conditioned to consider that anyone who thinks that "9-11 was an inside job" is
a "conspiracy nut" or just not mentally well.
It seems to me that the only way this could have been pulled off is by the power
of the devil in the highest places, as St. Paul said:
12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. (Eph. vi. 12)
It is one of the "signs of the times," one of the portents of the last days.
Link to site, www.911weknow.com contains
a video of Ron Paul criticizing TSA procedures.
Other sites to look at are linked here.
Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth