What happened to the Church under the heretic Arians is happening again now
BE BRAVE! SPEAK OUT!
(Source: Deacon Nick Donnelly on Facebook)
Speaking out is not easy in our anti-Christian, politically-correct world today. We have pointed out in many articles of recent times how those courageous bishops, priests, politicians, journalists, etc., and in fact any Catholic worthy to be called one, who does not cower or remain silent when called to defend the Faith and other Christians (including the unborn), exposes themselves to a bombardment of insults and ridicule. And sometimes even the loss of livelihood, exile, and in the worst scenarios, their vey lives! Our Lord warned us it would be so, and that, “A servant is not greater than the Master” – (John 13:16). We cannot expect our own treatment to be different, easier, to the way the Son of God was treated by the majority of mankind He loved so greatly and whom He had come to redeem.
But what is the hatred and scorn of this passing world compared to the Love of God and everlasting life that Christ promised to those who follow in His footsteps and defend His teachings? “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” – (Matthew 16:26).
Saint Ignatius of Antioch says it far better than I ever could:
“You have never begrudged the martyrs their triumph but rather trained them for it. And so I am asking you to be consistent with the lessons you teach them. Just beg for me the courage and endurance not only to speak but also to will what is right, so that I may not only be called a Christian, but prove to be one. For if I prove myself to be a Christian by martyrdom, then people will call me one, and my loyalty to Christ will be apparent when the world sees me no more. Nothing you can see is truly good. For our Lord Jesus Christ, now that he has returned to his Father, has revealed himself more clearly. Our task is not one of producing persuasive propaganda; Christianity shows its greatness when it is hated by the world.”
Be brave! Speak out in defence to those who attack and despise Our Glorious Faith!