The Eternal War

“Put that bloody light out! Don’t you know there’s a war going on?!!”

Thus spake countless ARP wardens in Britain during WW2. Night time enemy bombers high above could be guided to their targets by the slightest glimmer of light emerging from down below, and would unleash their high explosive payload without mercy upon them.

How different was the guidance of our Saviour:

“Do not hide your light under a bushel!”

With this commandment, He literally instructed us to invite bombardment upon ourselves. How very Christian of Him!

There is a war going on. It always has been, and always is, and always will be.

It is the war between ideal perfection and reality. It is a blood-soaked and despair-ridden affray.

There is hope though. Amidst the battlefield there run kindly souls tending the wounded, patching them up to fight again or retreat perhaps such as is wisest.

Under the sign of the blooded red Cross such individuals race to and fro, their commanding officer’s orders to fulfil.

Yes, the Church is a “field hospital”. Its Sacraments are medicines for the ailing, not rewards for the proudly and comfortably well.

My plea is for all people to get greater “situational awareness”-any soldier will tell you that this is an essential.

We are all at war, but we must keep the light ON, for Christ’s sake.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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4 Responses to The Eternal War

  1. Yes, the Church’s “Sacraments are medicines for the ailing, not rewards for the proudly and comfortably well.” True, but that doesn’t mean we’re allowed to commit sacrilege. As St. Paul said, “Whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27) The sacrament of reconciliation is for the “ailing” first, and THEN the Eucharist.

  2. toadspittle says:

    Doesn’t “situational awareness,” mean knowing when to retreat?

    Yes, my comment will now await moderation.

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    “We are all at war, but we must keep the light ON…” says our dear Brother, but George Formby’s warning during the last unpleasantness was exactly opposite:
    “So if you’ve got a chink in your window, you’ll soon have one at your door!”

    (Beat you to it, Toad, unless you’re in the moderation queue behind Mickey Malone)

  4. JabbaPapa says:

    The Internet War is hardly eternal, but that moron “Phil” is still at it.

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