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Time for Conversion

It is hard to believe that next

Saturday we will memorialize the

20th Anniversary of 9/11 when our

country was brutally attacked by

terrorists. I remember my Business Administrator giving me a

note at Mass about a terrible aviation accident: presumably two passenger planes had veered off

course and flew into the Twin

Towers in New York City. We

prayed for all the victims.

And then shortly after this another note. A plane had flown into

the Pentagon. Our country was

under attack. September 11, 2001,

is a day that will be remembered

in history, especially by those who

lived through it.

I remember seeing the movie

“Pearl Harbor” the month before

and thinking, “We are more vulnerable then ever, because our

country has turned away from God

and family, even allowing abortion.” I even preached about

“Pearl Harbor” and how we need

to get back to the Ten Commandments, which were written on two

tablets like a fortress against evil,

before God’s judgment would revisit us. The Two Tablets crumbled in our country’s life, much

like the Twin Towers.

9/11 was a tragic day and our

country reeled with grief and confusion. About three thousand people were brutally murdered, and

hundreds of our first responders

died trying to rescue the survivors.

Many people rushed home from

work and school. They stayed at

home securing their families, food,

water, finances and property.

Some prayed, made amends, and

sought God’s mercy and justice.

I remember reading about

many heroic men and women doing whatever they could to serve

the suffering and dying. I remember our churches filling up

with many people who had put

God, and the sacrifice of the Holy

Mass, second, or third place in

their life. But after 9/11 many

seemed to realize that everyone

needs Jesus Christ and his Holy

Mother Church to build true

peace in this world, and most importantly, to gain Eternal Life by

living devoutly the Catholic

Christian faith.

Our military men and women

rose to the occasion and sallied

forth, especially our special

forces. Within weeks they had

attacked the terrorists as memorialized in the movie “12 Strong”.

Unfortunately, after about 9

months, the pews began to slim

out. Many went about their

business chasing after the

American dream, perhaps with a

renewed interest in security.

Many were content to let the

professional military endure the

sacrifices of protecting our “life,

liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

Yet, others joined the military, began to pray daily, began

to study scripture – especially

the Prophets – to understand

why God allows evil so that people come back to his call to holiness by taking up their cross and

defending the truth found fully

in Jesus Christ and his


The natural gifts we

have of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” come from

God, but these natural rights

must be defended and nurtured

by freedom loving Christians.

Our country has been established on Judeo-Christian principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these

truths to be self evident, that all men

are created equal; that they are

endowed by their Creator with

certain unalienable rights; that

among these are life, liberty, and

the pursuit of happiness.”

The most effective way we can

protect “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is to live a life

of deepening conversion to Jesus

Christ and his Catholic Church.

We need to follow Jesus more

closely within his Catholic

Church and pray for the conversion of sinners; even to the point

of making sacrifices to win over

hearts and minds to Jesus

Christ, his sacred order and his

seven Sacraments.

To that end, please consider

praying the Family Rosary daily

and joining us for a special Adoration/Confession time at Holy

Trinity, Sat. September 11, from

8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., with Holy

Mass dedicated to the Victims of

9/11 and their families at 10:00


God bless you,

and God bless America,

Fr. Thomas McCabe


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