Thursday, March 31, 2016
Does the shoe fit us? Let us reflect on this…
“THE STRENGTH OF SATAN’S REIGN IS DUE TO THE EASY-GOING WEAKNESS OF CATHOLICS”
POPE SAINT PIUS X SAID:
“… We must adore the dispositions of Divine Providence that, after establishing its Church down here on Earth, allows for her to encounter all kinds of obstacles and tremendous resistances. The reason behind this is evident: the Church is militant, and therefore is always in a constant battle. This battle makes the world a real battlefield where every Christian is a courageous soldier that fights under the banner of the Cross. This battle began with the life of our Holy Redeemer and it will only end with the end of time. Therefore, it is necessary that we, following the example of the brave people of Judah upon their return from captivity, reject the enemy with one hand while building the walls of the Holy Temple with the other, that is, to work in our own sanctification…
“Yes, we live in an age where many are ashamed to confess their Catholic faith, where several others hate God, faith, Revelation, cult and its ministers; that combine mocking impiety with their words, deny all things, and laugh and mock at everything, without even respecting the sanctuary of conscience…
“Let us not exaggerate the difficulties when it comes to the practice of what faith imposes on us to fulfill our duties, to exercise the fruitful apostolate of example that our Lord expects of us: Unicuique mandavit proximo suo. The difficulties come from those who create and exaggerate them; from those who trust in themselves and not in Heaven, and who cowardly give in intimidated by mockery and scorn. All of which leads us to conclude that in our time, more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men, and all the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics.
Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries.”
Fragments of the discourse given by Pope Saint Pius X on December 13, 1908, at the Beatification of Joan of Arc, John Eudes, Francis Ferdinand de Capillas and Théophane Vénard. Albeit the Pope was speaking, in a way, particularly to the French people, his words can be universally applied. Act Apostolicsi Sedes, January 15, 1909, pp. 142-145.
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