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Baptizing A Son Of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York
City, September 15--At noon today, my grandson will be baptized at the
Church of Nativity in New York City in Lower Manhattan.. He will
become a "Son of Vigilance."
His body will be immersed in a small
tub of water - the same simple stainless steel tub used by his brother and
sister - then his father will raise him naked over his head, presenting
him to the congregation and the world, offering him to the community of
human beings, offering his soul as part of the endless struggle for
Vigilance over Terrorism, for Good over Bad, for Right over Wrong.
The ceremony will invoke those
attending to become Sentinels of Vigilance for him. The
lifting of his naked body, anointed in "Holy Water," represents the purity
of his soul. Its beseeches all in attendance to protect that purity,
to renounce Satan and to guard Angus from the Terrorists of the Soul.
This will be the third time I have witnessed such
a ceremony. The other two times were when our other
grandchildren were baptized, Matt, now 6, and Sarah, 4.
But this ceremony will be
Angus will carry with him a
special meaning when he is offered to the world. He is a Child of
Vigilance, conceived on September 11, the anniversary of the Terrorist attack a year
ago. His baptism will symbolize the dawn of the Era of
Vigilance. It will charge all those present to keep the Eyes of
Argus upon the horizon, ever Vigilant for the Shadows of Terrorism that
creep upon the earth when least suspected to hunt and haunt the innocent.
will prompt those present to carry the Eternal Torch of Vigilance so
its light will cast away the Shadows of Terrorism encroaching on Angus,
and all the Children of Innocence.
Angus won't be the only child
to enter the Era of Vigilance today. In America, 11,712 babies are born
each day, 351,000 a month are given birth in the U.S. representing 4.2 million a year.
Throughout the world, over
370,000 Children of Vigilance are born each day. They
repopulate the world in all four corners of the earth. Daily births
globally include: China, 49,315; Iraq, 2400; Israel, 385;
Palestine Territory, 379; Afghanistan, 3,157; Pakistan, 15,500;
India, 73,400; Europe, 19,917; and South America, 22,000.
Each culture has various rites
to welcome the child, some religious, some social. But all cultures
know the child is the future of the family, the future of the state, the
future of society, the future of the nation and ultimately, the world.
In many countries, the odds of the child's survival will be severely limited.
While deaths in America are 9 per1000, in Afghanistan they are 19 per1000, over
Life doesn't guarantee life.
And Life is more than living.
It includes evolving beyond the pain and suffering that afflicts so many
in a multitude of ways. It means rising above the Terror of Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency that afflicts us all when we allow the Beast of Terror to
roam within us unchecked.
The community of human beings who
celebrate the birth of a child, celebrate the hope the child will be
happy, joyous, free and live a fruitful, healthy life and prosperous life. No sane
culture wishes Terror upon a child. Yet it exists.
The baptism rite is a religious
ritual to wash the Terror free from the child--to purify its soul so the "Beast
of Terror" will be eradicated. Christians call this beast
"sin." Other religions have various names for keeping the soul
cleansed of Terror.
In some primitive cultures the
practice of couvade is performed to foil the Beast of Terror.
While the mother
undergoes abor in one hut, the father is another screaming and wailing,
mocking labor pains. His goal is to draw the attention of the
"demons" away from the birth of the new child, much as a mother duck
feigns being wounded to draw attention from her ducklings when being
stalked by a predator.
Couvade cultures believes demons seek to
enter a child's soul, and burrow into its dark caverns, making a Terrorist
home in the heart of innocence. By the time the demons figure out the ruse
of couvade, the baby is believed to be
born free of them. Terrorism has been foiled.
Similarly, the Christian baptism rite of
to the "demons of Terror," the child is protected by Sentinels of
Vigilance, a God Father, a God Mother and the religious community. It is a
message to the Beast of Terror that any attempt to capture the child's "soul" with Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency will be met with the Shields and Swords of
Vigilance--rich with the steel of Courage, Conviction and Right Actions.
While my grandson's
ceremony will be held in a Catholic Church, and invoke the Christian
principles of baptism, it will not be different than any child in any part
of the world being blessed by the community. His ritual will invoke
the Spirits of Vigilance to protect him from harm--specifically from the
internal harm of "evil" over "good," of "Terror" over "Vigilance."
Human beings have realized since the dawn
of civilization that a child's innocence must be protected.
The rites of "baptism" belong to no particular religion in that sense.
From the time the first caveman had a child, he held it up over his head
as a symbol of thanks, and asked whatever spirits he believed in to
protect the child, to give it health and happiness of mind, body and spirit.
Today, at the baptism
ceremony, when my son-in-law hoists Angus up after being immersed in the
water, (as he has our other two grandchildren) I will see Angus receive
the same Spirit of Vigilance that 17 million other children born on this
day throughout the world equally deserve. His elevation to the
heavens will be, to me, an offering to the Sentinels of Vigilance who
hover over Ground Zero not only here in New York City, but at the Ground
Zeros in every country in the world, for there are many Ground Zeros, far
more than we can count.
Angus represents one of 328
other babies here in New York City born nine months after Nine Eleven.
All were conceived in the aftermath of the
dust and debris of the Terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. His
embryo was brought to life amidst the stench of burning bodies from Ground
Zero. The smell of death seeped into the pores of all us for weeks as the
pall of destruction hung over Lower Manhattan. Its acrid perfume was
a reminder that Terrorism strikes unexpectedly and targets the
innocent, the vulnerable.
Angus represents the obverse of that
horrible smell of a year ago. He emanates the sweet smell of purity,
the scent of life, the perfume of innocence and hope. He is a Child
Angus will not be alone as Child
of Vigilance. He will have many Brothers and Sisters of
Vigilance representing the Hope of the Future. Here in New York he
will have his 328 other Children of Vigilance to support him In Palestine, 379
will have his same birthday; in Israel, 385; in Afghanistan,
3,151; in Europe, 19,917, in Iran, 3,259.
All the children born on his birthday are not being
baptized in the blood of Terrorism, but in the pure, crystal clear waters
of Vigilance, despite their parents' beliefs, despite the religious
difference, the cultural, economic and social divisions. They are
all Children of Vigilance.
I hope that as the global families gather around their
Children of Vigilance--representing their sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins,
and loved ones--none will wish upon
them to carry out acts of Terrorism against themselves or others.
Instead, I hope all the Parents and Loved Ones of Vigilance will seek the Courage, the Conviction and take the Right Actions to
protect the children from the Beast of Terror.
Angus' baptism will be, for me, the Baptism
Our grandson will
represent on of the 369,901 children throughout the world conceived
on September 11, 2001 and brought to full term birth as Symbols
of Courage, Conviction and Right Actions. Each has a special
purpose, a unique destiny to rid the world of the Beast of Terror
who seeks to infect the children with Fear, Intimidation and
When my son-in-law elevates
Angus into the Light of Vigilance, I will see the Sentinels
of Vigilance descend upon his nakedness. I will see them
wrap him in their arms. I will hear their Vow of Vigilance
ring in my ears, and I will join them in saying: "Semper
I will hear that vow not only for Angus,
but for all the 369,901 children born on his birthday.
I will hear the Vow of Vigilance not only for them, but also
for their children's children's children..
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