Daily Archives: November 7, 2012

Faith And The Future

“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members…. It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret. And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.

-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), from his book Faith and the Future

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Endangered

After yesterday’s election and the results, for a brief second I was taken by worry which soon dissipated and by the time Holy Mass concluded this morning was quickly turned into joy. Yesterday’s win by secular America was a win for the faithful. We are officially marginalized. It is the finalization on paper that the Practicing Catholic who adheres to God is now officially on the endangered list. It is His words “Behold, I come quickly” changing into action. Those who believe they have won, have lost, what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.

This morning at Holy Mass, during the gospel, I heard the words, “You can have the US, but you can never have my Church”. I then began to focus more on the gospel which was Luke 14: 25 – 33.

25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them,
26 “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
30 saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

I smiled and understood completely that He means what He says and we must drop everything including every ounce of faith in our neighbors, family and country and place it ALL in Christ. Take comfort! It is good to be the endangered souls of faith in the world of sin. If you are in Christ, it makes no difference where you are in exile.

Thank you Lord for this day, and all of them you have given to us, that I may be faithful to you and love you for all eternity. Amen

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