Be Brave! Speak out!

What happened to the Church under the heretic Arians is happening again now


(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!

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8 Responses to Be Brave! Speak out!

  1. What apt words for today!

  2. kathleen says:

    There’s an appropriate explanation on this topic with the full quote of St. Basil the Great by the ever-faithful, outstanding Bishop Athanasius Schneider on 1Peter5. In answer to the first question of the interviewer, Maike Hickson, he states:

    “Professor Josef Seifert has made an urgent and a very meritorious act in formulating publicly and respectfully critical questions about some evidently ambiguous affirmations in the Papal document Amoris Laetitia, considering that these affirmations are causing a moral and disciplinary anarchy in the life of the Church, an anarchy which is under the eyes of all and which no one who still uses his own reason and has true faith and honesty can deny. The punitive measure against Professor Seifert on behalf of an ecclesiastical office holder is not only unjust, but represents ultimately an escape from truth, a refusal of an objective debate and of a dialogue, whilst at the same time the culture of dialogue is proclaimed as a major priority in the life of the Church of our days. Such a clerical behavior against a true Catholic intellectual, as is Professor Seifert, reminds me of the words with which Saint Basil the Great described an analogous situation in the 4th century, when Arian clerics invaded and occupied the majority of the episcopal sees: “Only one offence is now vigorously punished—an accurate observance of our fathers’ traditions. For this cause the pious are driven from their countries and transported into deserts. Religious people keep silence, but every blaspheming tongue is let loose” (Ep. 243).

  3. kathleen says:

    For anyone not familiar with the injustice meted out to Professor Seifert, who, despite being one of its founders, was removed from the International Academy of Philosophy (of the University of Granada, Spain), by none other than the Archbiishop of Granada, Javier Martínez
    For the ‘sin’ (in Don Javier’s eyes) of defending the Church’s traditional teaching on marriage! He had politely asked Pope Francus to correct certain passages of Amoris laetitia that is causing such worldwide confusion and disparity of interpretations.

    RORATE CAELI posted a good article a few days ago about this disgraceful case of treachery, entitled, “The Seifert case: Who is separating themselves from the Church?”.

  4. toadspittle says:

    “Speaking out is not easy in our anti-Christian, politically-correct world today.”
    There was a time – not so long ago – when speaking out against Christianity would have had the speaker stuck on a bonfire (by other Ctristians, most likely .) Things aren’t as bad as that yet.

    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.”
    Up until as recently as 150 years or so ago, the vast “majority of mankind” had never even heard of Christ. Today, I suspect, the vast majority of people on earth still have little or no idea who he was – or that He is said to have come to redeem them. And whose fault is that?

  5. Neville Whiteley says:

    Toadstool, a question. Who, and what, exactly are you railing against? Is it Priests, laity or God? At whose feet do you lay your beef? Is it Christ that’s to blame, is it the Church – it’s teachings – or the fact that all of the above doesn’t measure up to a standard and that disappoints you? Please help us to understand where you’re coming from. I ask this as blame is the easiest game to play. It’s the motivation to blame that’s puzzling though. Mankind is, has been, will always be weak, open to fault and vulnerable, and there isn’t one of us who can afford to overlook God’s willingness to listen to our beefs, if we take them to Him. And whether or not it’s true that, “…mankind….heard of Christ”, it’s certain that God instilled in us a moral foundation that we recognise as the difference between right and wrong!

  6. toadspittle says:

    I don’t think I’m “railing” about these things, Nev.
    But then, I would think that, wouldn’t I? Where am I railing above?
    I’m just suggesting – as In this case, for example – that when Catholics start “railing” againt persecution – they should look at their own colourful past-history a bit. Stuff like that, see? Keep them on their toes, and all that.
    “It’s the motivation to blame that’s puzzling though. “
    Very fair point. I suspect it’s becase I was the beneficiary of a good Catholic education, where questioning the the teachings of the Church in even the smallest measure – was forbidden and punishable. It made be a bit curious as to why this should be – what were the priests so frightened of?
    You can understand that, I’m sure.

  7. The quote by St. Basil the Great is startling. So all of this went on in HIS time too? Well, if this problem could be overcome then, this same problem can be overcome now as well.

  8. toadspittle says:

    As our brother, Bobby Jon, sagely poilnts out – these differences of opinion are commonplace. Oh. well.

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