Dear Readers,

September 11th is a day indelibly marked on our hearts and minds. For those who see life through the lens of faith it invites serious reflection about God's providence. Why did it happen? That's actually easy to answer. Sin. Every evil, whether a terrorist's act, a devastating tornado, or a shark attack results from sin. All unhappiness, every suffering, comes from sin. Nothing just happens. When we sin, we empower Satan. He's not armwrestling with God to see who's strongest; he's a chained beast. It's we who unleash him through our sins. Does that mean the people who died on September 11th were the biggest sinners among us? Of course not! Read Luke 13: "[Jesus] said…'those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.'" Sobering, isn't it?

A few observations: The attack occurred about a week after announcements that the upcoming television season would be the most obscene and blasphemous ever. It came only a few weeks after President Bush's stem cell decision rewarding researchers who developed cell lines by cannibalizing embryos. The number of victims was well below the two-day toll in our nation's abortion mills. Those who died were mostly dismembered and burnt uniting them in a grisly brotherhood of death with our unborn brothers and sisters.

While we mourn and bury our dead, let us remember that we are no longer "one nation under God." A country that ranks abortion and pornography among its most lucrative industries can hardly expect God to bless it. Let us fall to our knees in repentance and pray for God's mercy.

This issue marks the end of our 6th year of publication. We continue to operate under the patronage of the Blessed Mother trusting in Divine Providence. We've never asked for money, and we're not asking now, just alerting you dear readers to our situation. We send THE TRUTH for free to every priest, principal, director of religious education, and other diocesan leaders. Last issue we went heavily into the red for the first time. Thanks to a few generous souls who knew of our difficulty this issue is covered, but whether we can continue will depend on finding some angels to underwrite our apostolate. (25 angels sending $25 a quarter would do it.) We have a few already. (You dear ones know who you are and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.) When we began this work we gave it to the Blessed Mother. If she wants it to continue the money will be there. If not I will with equanimity turn off my computer, put on my apron, and bake more cookies and read more stories with my grandchildren. I'm expecting numbers six and seven next Spring. May God be praised! Babies are God's opinion that the world should go on.

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