September 11 – Ten Years Later

Ronald Reagan was able to win the Cold War without engaging the former Soviet Union in a terrible military conflict.  Regan understood the nature of the battle.  He called the former Soviet Union ‘the evil empire.” From his deep religious faith, Reagan well understood that the battle at hand was a battle between good and evil.  He also understood that the Communism of the former Soviet Union, because of its erroneous principles, would eventually collapse.

Although Communism is still a serious problem in China, North Korea,  Cuba and Venezuela;  a new, far more serious enemy is attempting to destroy our nation and our way of life. Radical Islam presents a greater threat than any other form of totalitarianism known to modern history.

Radical Islamic fundamentalism is much more dangerous than any form of Communism, precisely because Islam is a religion whereas communism, although it has religious overtones, is an ideology.  There is a difference between the two systems.

Communists organize riots and protests.  Communists engage in subversive activity.  Communists enslave nations and deny people their most fundamental rights.  Communism has armies and weapons of mass destruction.  All of this is true of the radical Muslims, except for one very important difference: Communists do not blow themselves up; Islamic terrorists do.

Reagan was able to win the Cold War precisely because Communism is an ideology.  But, how will we win the war on terror?

Although it is true that our nation must have a strong military and our borders need to be secure, we will not win the war against radical Islamic fundamentalism the way we won the Cold War.  The enemy is different.

Radical Islamic fundamentalism can only be overcome through Jesus Christ.

Everyone recognizes how the Islamic fundamentalists see America:  a decadent nation, spreading immorality all over the world.  Let’s be honest, the fundamentalists do have a point.  We have become decadent and we do spread our decadence all over the world.

Travel the world and talk to people from other countries and you will come to find that American TV shows, American movies and American Internet pornography are all over the globe.

We will only be able to win the war against radical Islamic terrorism if, as a nation, we turn our hearts over to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  The Bible is clear on this point when it says:

“If my people who bear my name, humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land” (Second Book of Chronicles: 7; 14).

Will we turn away from killing the unborn?  Will the propagation of immoral filth on television, movies and the Internet ever come to an end?

How patient can God be with a nation that turns to the abomination of homosexual marriages?

What about the millions who offend God every Sunday by failing to offer the worship that is due to our creator or by working unnecessarily on his day?

British historian and philosopher Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) once said: “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”

Let’s face it: we are in a state of emergency.  What is the solution?

The solution is not what; it is who.

As a people, we need to leave aside our wicked ways and turn to the Lord.  Only when this happen, as the Bible tells us, will the Lord heal our land and give us the gift of peace.

Unfortunately, many simply do not want to hear the truth of the Gospel.  Many reduce Catholicism to their own criteria and purposely ignore fundamental aspects of our Catholic Faith.  Regrettably, many are frequently deafened by pride.  Many allow themselves to hear only what we want to hear.

Nevertheless, the increasing number of people, especially young people, earnestly seeking the truth is encouraging. For them the possession of the truth becomes a liberating experience because we no longer wonder what the truth might be.

The solution to today’s terrible challenges really rests with each of us.  Are we going to follow Jesus or are we going to live sinful lives?

“If my people who bear my name, humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.”

As we remember the infamous events of September 11, we pray for the innocent victims, the soldiers that have given their lives for the cause of freedom, and the men and women of the military who each day put their lives at risk in order to defend our way of life.  We pray that our nation will turn back to God and we pray for all Muslims, that they too will turn to the Prince of Peace.

May Mary, the Mother of Jesus, look upon this troubled world with her maternal gaze and comfort us with her presence.  She is the Queen of peace.

Father James Farfaglia is the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Visit Father James on the web at http://www.fatherjames.org.  You can contact Father James at fjficthus@gmail.com.  He is a Guest Contributor for The American Catholic.

11 Responses to September 11 – Ten Years Later

  • That is all that need be said both about how to win the war and save our nation and civilization. Christianity will not end; Christians will continue to live and build…but this particular manifestation of civilization can die…and will die, if we don’t change. A new Christian civilization will rise to replace it, but it may take quite a long quite a lot of suffering before that happens. I would like us to avoid having to rebuild from scratch…but the only way is to change back and become Christians in fact as well as in name.

    And we must also remember that being Christian isn’t just being “nice”…charity and mercy, indeed…but, also, justice. At the center of our being there must be that willingness long lost to fight for what is right. Not at first; not out of anger…but some people will not listen to reason. Not ever. And they must be fought.

  • I hold the view that Islam is an ideology as much as Communism or fascism are ideologies.

    Radical Islam sees no difference between church and state. They are one and the same – or must become that way, according to radical Islam.

    The Koran is a book that contradicts itself in numerous ways. One can argue that about the Holy Bible. One can read where God forbids the Israelites to mate with anyone from Moab…..and yet David’s great grandmother Ruth is from Moab. What is the difference? The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (in whatever branch of Orthodoxy) do not rely on the view of radical Islam – or Protestantism – of being “by the book”.

    In ancient times, Islam was a powerful and dangerous force. They were a determined enemy, willing to fight anyone and conquer anywhere.

    Had Charles Martel and his army not stopped the Moors in 732 they could have conquered the Western world.

    Spain became a united and strong nation under the rule of Queen Isabel, who decided to drive out the invaders occupiers and enslavers once and for all.

    The anniversaries for the Battle of Lepanto and the Battle of Vienna are drawing near. They are Feast Days in the Latin Catholic Church. Given my own Catholic school education, I discovered these historical events on my own just a few years ago. My parents wasted their money.

  • Yes, this is the only solution. Christ is the asnwer.

  • Don wrote: Radical Islam presents a greater threat than any other form of totalitarianism known to modern history. Radical Islamic fundamentalism is much more dangerous than any form of Communism, precisely because Islam is a religion whereas communism, although it has religious overtones, is an ideology
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    Not to diminish the Muslim threat, Don, that’s proposition is hard to support. When you add up the body count from Lenin, Stalin and Mao and other commies, you get to tens of millions. You ought to read Pat Buchanan’s “Day of Reckoning” for a little better perspective.

    As you probably know, Bishop Sheen targeted communism more than any other ideological as a danger to the West. He wrote, “Communism is not merely an economic doctrine. It is more properly a philosophy of life which mobilizes souls fo economic and secular ends; a Caesarism or adoration of the State; a glorification of the human collective through the depersonalization of men; a suffocation of human personality and it subsequent absorption into the mass; a filtering of barbarism through the sieve of the class, the race, or the state and, calling it, Civilization.”

    He then went up to say, “…it is Communism which is the ally of capitalism in carrying it abuses to the point where it substitutes a few red bureaucrats for a few capitalists. Communism is capitalism gone mad.”

    Sheen thought the only place where communism works is in a convent or monastery, for there the basis of everything in common is that no one wants anything.

    Soon to be the world’s No. 1 power, China, the largest nation on earth, is committed to communism despite its pretense at capitalism and represents the biggest threat of all. The Muslims are a sideshow, dangerous, but disorganized, not monolithic and lacking any military might. Plus we don’t owe them any money. The Chinese have us by the balls financially; it is probably their biggest weapon. If they start dumping dollars and calling in their trillions in notes, we might as well put up a sign: Welcome to the new Weimar Republic.

  • Thank you Father James. As a fallen away Catholic who embraced the agenda of the 1968 philosphy of sex-drug-rock n roll, to an alcoholic in recovery who only wanted a god of niceness – to now a revert to the faith since 2004 who came back to the Church as result of sitting in a Church tent in Kuwait waiting to go into Iraq during the the first push. And yes since September of 2001 I wanted to know the ideology of the enemy. I studied and learned that most of what I was taught on a lot of levels through the 70’s had an agenda and that helped me get closer to the truth – I’m still learning. Now I am retired from the military and back into the fullness of the faith and your article resonated with me – so again – thank you.

  • “The tumult and the shouting dies-
    The Captains and the Kings Depart-
    Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,
    A humble and contrite heart.”

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Radical Islamic fundamentalism can only be overcome through Jesus Christ.

    How exactly does this work? If the USA becomes a Christian nation in word and deed, how does this collective conversion overcome radical Islamic fundamentalism?

  • A common thread among muslim mass murderers is irrational raving that America 24/7 massacres muslim women and children.

    Where do they hear that?

    Hint: They are trying establish a new location a block away from Ground Zero.

    Maybe today’s Scripture readings apply.

    God told Ezekiel he would be held culpable if he didn’t point out Israel’s sins and try to get them to repent. Jesus tells us to try to persuade the sinner to repent and amend his life. It is uncharitable to stand by and watch a brother/sister to lose his/her immortal soul. Holy Mother Church’s Spiritual Works of Mercy include: Admonish the Sinner.

    The enemy – Satan and his Muhammadan minions – hides behind PC and diversity lies.

    Christians and Jews must stop the Islamization of America. We must protect First Amendment Free Speech from legislated censorship, a.k.a., hate speech laws: which in part are loosely based Shariah anti-blasphemy laws . . . sans the death penalty.

    Catholics need to step up to their duties and responsibilities as Christians and Americans.

  • ” We pray that our nation will turn back to God and we pray for all Muslims, that they too will turn to the Prince of Peace.”

    This is the answer. Thank you.

  • ‘ The solution to today’s terrible challenges really rests with each of us. Are we going to follow Jesus or are we going to live sinful lives?

    “If my people who bear my name, humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.” ‘

    The Rosary societies in parishes or dioceses could open membership to all parishioners, and invite all to join in praying the Rosary for peace after Mass on Sundays and the Vigil on Saturday. Remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy, involving people working together to facilitate, deepening consciousness and prayer life. If only we could stay in church after Mass to soften the Ite Missa Est transition and really accomplish something then and there – or have a planned time to do so to while families are together.

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