Yet again we have cause to mourn the murdered. Yet again, in France.
We have serious decisions to make about our future. This is a war.
I strongly urge you to consider that this, friends, is coming our way, courtesy of terrorists of the Islamic State and practitioners of the Religion of Peace.
Deus, qui conteris bella, et impugnatores in te sperantium potentia tuae defensionis expugnas: auxiliare famulis tuis, implorantibus misericordiam tuam; ut, inimicorum suorum feritate depressa, incessabili et gratiarum actione laudemus.
O God, who bringest wars to nought and shieldest by Thy power all who hope in Thee, overthrowing those that assail them; help Thy servants who implore Thy mercy; so that the fierce might of their enemies may be brought low, and we may never cease to praise and thank Thee.
Please, everyone, give thought to what I have constantly asked: situational awareness.
Earlier today I posted about this Pokemon Go thing, which results in noses glued to screens and oblivion to surroundings. That is an exaggerated example of recklessness. But many people wander about with hardly less thought about their circumstances. One of the things I have suggested in the past is to seek out some training which might include situational awareness elements. Concealed carry weapon license training includes that, whether you would ever be interested in carrying a weapon or not, one way or another. That’s not the main point. The important thing is to learn to watch and to think and to react, to evade, to deescalate, to survive. If CCW training is the easiest way to start this process, then do it. It’s helpful. Will it prevent an attack with a truck on a street? It might help you to notice that it’s coming before it’s too late for you and those around you.
Also, GO TO CONFESSION. We don’t know when it will be our turn, no matter how situationally aware we are. Ask God to preserve us from a sudden and unprovided death.
A subitanea et improvisa morte… From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.”
A sudden death can be a blessing. A sudden and unprovided death – unprovided in the sense of having no recourse to the sacraments when you are not in the state of grace – is a horrifying prospect. Make plans for, provide for, the needs of both body and soul for yourselves and those in your charge. You don’t know when your death will come, natural or not.
In this book, Gorka describes one of the reasons why these people choose terror.
According to the Pakistani general, there is only one target of importance in war: the soul of the enemy. The infidel foe must be converted to Islam or crushed. Lastly, since the only target that matters in war is the soul of the infidel, Malik concludes that the most effective weapon in war is terror. Here we see the relevance of his book to groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. The enemy’s belief system must be utterly destroyed, and terror is the most effective way to do that. That is why 9/ 11 was so important. It is the highly symbolic suicide attacks, the crucifixions, the beheadings, the bombings of civilian crowds, and the videos of immolations that will destroy the will of the infidel to go on.
According to the Quranic concept of war, and because these terrorists are inspired to bring about the eschatological fulfillment of their religion, they wage war on the souls of the non-Muslim or, in their view, insufficient-Muslim. Their war has an eschatological view. They must destroy the spirit of their enemy. This is why they use terror and why they commit atrocities which they record and broadcast.
Gorka says that we have to discredit their “brand“, or this will go on and on.
Again, I ask you to kneel on those increasingly calloused knees and pray for the souls of the murdered and their poor families. Also, pray for our leaders – around the world – to find their RESOLVE.
This is war.
Do not lose heart. Do not be afraid. We might not know how our part in this story ends, but we do already know how the story ends.
Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindiso, pray for us.
St. Pius V, pray for us.
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.