by Fr Richard Heilman | September 15, 2021 7:24 PM
This episode comes just after the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorism attack on our nation.
On September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was on board Flight 93. Along with his fellow passengers, he was instrumental in thwarting the terrorists plans to destroy the Capitol or White House, and murder more Americans. Todd managed to make a phone call from the plane to an Airfone operator, ultimately speaking with Lisa Jefferson. After praying with her, his last words heard by her echo in our minds. It’s the rallying cry of those who would not submit: “Are you guys ready? Let’s Roll.”
Todd Beamer became one of the many iconic heroes of 9-11. On 9-12, it seemed the whole nation moved into “hero mode.” We all set aside our petty differences, and became “United.”
But, here is the “hard truth” …
Hard times make hard men.
Hard men make good times.
Good times make soft men.
We’re in the stage that soft men make hard times.
We got soft; we let our guard down, and evil was emboldened to advance, under our watch …
It is more than interesting that in this past Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus models His willingness to face suffering, sacrificing and persecution. Peter rebukes Jesus, as he advocates for an “easier path.” In His rage, Jesus rebukes Peter with, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” God needs “hardened” men and women who are willing to face, head on, the challenges necessary to defeat the enemy.
Doug and I talk about what it means to “harden the target,” the target being ourselves.
But, the key to victory is the power of Our Lady’s intercession sought through the most powerful of all supernatural weapons: The Rosary.
Now is the time to get into a state of grace, discern how God wants to use you in the secular realm, and for all of us to unite in calling out to the Blessed Mother through the Rosary.
Please see the incredible nation-wide event set for October 10 – Rosary Coast to Coast and the National Rosary Rally on the Washington DC mall (See HERE)
“Are you guys ready? Let’s Roll.”
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