11 September 2014
Subject: Courage and Commitment
Blessings Silent Knights,
Thirteen years have passed since the evil of Islamic extremists visited death upon three thousand innocent Americans at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memory is so clear that it doesn’t seem to fade with time. I pray for the survivors of those lost that day. I pray for their peace of mind, courage, and wisdom in facing the future.
The evil that killed those Americans on 9-11 is on display in Iraq. The hatred of the Islamic extremist is so consuming that we must face it head on to destroy it. Pray for our leaders in this administration to have the courage and commitment necessary to protect all those that are not consumed with the hatred of their fellow man from the evil that ISIS is. ISIS hatred extends to anyone that does not believe exactly as they do. They are isolating themselves through their hatred and that is a good thing for the rest of the world, including the Muslims that are in disagreement with the ISIS political dogma.
Those that lost their lives to hatred thirteen years ago must not be forgotten. If we forget, we are doomed to experience this evil again and again. The only people that believe we are not at war with Islamic extremism seem to be politicians that see their political agenda more important than our safety. Make no mistake, ISIS is at war with America, Christianity, Israel, and the non-radicalized Muslim world. Pray for leaders of the free world to unite and spare us from this malignant sore named ISIS.
While we confront evil, we must not forget the innocent children today that are being influenced by the horror on television and current news. They need role models and they need to see acts of selfless love demonstrated in their communities. They need to see Biblical charity in action as well as courage. As Saint Bernard de Clairvaux stated about the new knighthood and the Templars in particular:
“Thus in a wondrous and unique manner they appear gentler than lambs, yet fiercer than lions. I do not know if it would be more appropriate to refer to them as monks or as soldiers, unless perhaps it would be better to recognize them as being both. Indeed they lack neither monastic meekness nor military might.”
Care and love expressed in anonymous ways can change lives and set wonderful examples for our children. Beauty is all around us and the opportunity to serve others is great in these poor economic times. I encourage you to have empathy toward your neighbors and serve in your community. Be courageous and committed to your community in the style described by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux.
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Craig and Mo
Your SILENT KNIGHT Team
Craig L. Carlson
Colonel (Ret.), GCTJ, GMTJ, KSG
Director, SILENT KNIGHT Programs