An Obama Legacy . . .

Noted this on Rush Limbaugh’s page:
“Despite the best efforts of who knows how many people, the inexplicable has happened. On the day before the 14th anniversary of 9/11, the United States Senate sustained the Iranian Nuclear Deal freeing Barack Hussein Obama to lift sanctions on the Iranian regime, which will for the most part immediately provide them with between $100 billion and $150 billion.”

God help the world especially Israel.

Interesting to note that both North Korea and Iran got a foot up in nuclear capability from US presidents – Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Anniversary of 9/11 – We Should Never Forget!

Lord of Mercy, Prince of Peace,

This date, 9-11, carries a heavy burden of memory.

This day does not pass in the calendar without our remembering.

We remember images of death and destruction. Images that human eyes were never meant to see. We remember words our ears were never meant to hear, the tender last words of husbands and wives who would never embrace again.

We imagine the feeling of emptiness in the arms of children who at the end of the day could not find mom or dad for their welcome home hug. We remember our own feelings of emptiness as our sense of security, as our own confidence in the predictable order of life and work was radically shaken.
This date, 9-11, carries a heavy burden of memory.

We remember the heroism of the many that lost their lives in saving others. We remember all those who suffered and died, we grieve for them still, friends and strangers alike, along with their families and friends.

 

This date, 9-11, carries a heavy burden of memory.

And it is right that it should not pass from our memory. But today and in this prayer, along with our remembrance of profound loss, it also seems right that we give voice to our deep longing for peace, and with this prayer, commit ourselves to those actions that will draw us closer to our most ancient and most holy desire, peace among all God’s children.

Dona nobis pacem.
Lord, grant us peace. Amen.

Never Forget . . .

Where were you on 9/11? I imagine that anyone of age on that day can remember exactly where they were, what they were doing, and the horrible feeling when the news showed the towers coming down.

I was just finishing some e-mail before heading off to Mass. There were some postings about a bad air plane crash but no details. I turned on the news in time to see a plane crash into one of the towers. At that point, it was still felt to be a really bad plane incident as it was an American flight and what else could it be but a horrible accident. By the time we headed out the door to church, it was pretty well figured out that we had been attacked but the why, what, who wasn’t mentioned yet.

At Mass, Father, who had been praying the Rosary before Mass, didn’t know what had happened. During his sermon, he mentioned we should pray for some bad plane crash or something that had happened in New York. He probably wondered about all the heads shaking a negative no to that that version of the news.

After Mass, one of our friends went back and told Father. He said Father’s face went into total shock and he couldn’t say a word for a moment. I remember how very quiet it was outside the church. All flights had been grounded. Since we live near an airport, the absence of the flight noises we never noticed was suddenly loud. The day was sunny and warm, the sky was an exceptionally pretty blue yet the anxieties and fears would soon turn into confirmations for so many families and friends by evening.

We got home and went back to the television in time to see the first tower fall. All day news kept coming in with either factual news or suppositions based on all the information flying around. At the end of the day, 2,977 people were dead and over 6,000 were injured.

Memorial Prayers for 9/11 First Responders

God of the selfless,
God of the strong and the brave,
Grant a perfect rest among the souls of the righteous
To those who died in service to others because of
The 9/11 attacks on the Unites States.
May their dedication to protecting life serve as a shining lamp of love
And the works of their hands bring us all merit in heaven.
Bless the souls of all who have died to save others,
Civilians and professionals,
The trained and the untrained,
In every age and in every land,
Men and women who answered the call of honor, duty and service.
May their memories be sanctified with joy and love.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.

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Something to Ponder When Voting . . .

 

So much to process and so little choice. Going to take a lot of prayer and discernment to at least vote in the lessor of the problematic nominees into the White House. Even the world is very much concerned as things have not been good the last eight years and we need a real change because we all now that hope and change didn’t work . . .A lot of bad changes that didn’t leave us with a lot of hope. Might have lead more people to prayer, however!

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“Peace, the Loathed Manna Which Hot brains despise.” (Dryden, 17th century

Prayers for Belgium

The human side of our mentality never expects an attack although verbiage is always bantered around on a speculative plateau of thinking about ‘what could we do to avert it.’ Once again, the terrorist factions of the world have given us a face-to-face look at what an attack looks and feels like and the hospitals are filling up and people are mourning their deceased this morning in Brussels.

What should have been a beginning of a new day of work, school, or just an excursion ended in tragedy as yet another terrorist attack changed lives and ended lives. Although there has been increases in border security, they are now stepping it up even more. Meanwhile, our president is spending time in Cuba with avowed communist dictators who want much from US/Cuban negotiations yet don’t plan on putting anything from their side on the bargaining table. Cuba also harbors terrorists and other criminals on the wanted list for crimes . . . Yet, our government thinks they can deal around this.

I guess all this points to the fact that you can’t negotiate with terrorists or any other nation under dominant rule because they strictly feel ‘that all ways should be their ways’ end of discussion.

The attack in Belgium was not expected but probably should have been suspected. The world is dealing with people who have been seething for centuries and have now been able to build up forces and followers to try and take down democracy, free speech, freedom of religion and all the rest of the freedoms we enjoy to live as we wish in peace.

Prayers for Belgium and all the countries that are suffering over the influx of refugees who are not looking for a better life in most cases but a way to make ours less better and compromised. Sadly, history continues to repeat itself so we shouldn’t let the memory dim on the Twin Towers 9/ll, the Benghazi 9/11, the San Bernardino shootings, Fort Hood, the Boston Bombings, and the many other attacks that cost lives and change the course of those they wound physically or psychologically.

“Justice exalts a nation; but sin makes nations miserable.” Proverbs 14:34

“To serve the cause of peace is to serve justice. To serve the cause of peace is to serve the interests of the people, especially the lowly and dispossessed. To serve the cause of peace is to face the future with serene and unruffled countenance. To serve the cause of peace is to hasten the day when all nations without exception shall lay aside their rivalries and feuds, and embrace one another as brothers. To serve the cause of peace is to serve civilization.”

Pope Pius XII: Now is the Time for Action, (September 7, 1947)