The Right Must Win

Fr. Frederick Faber’s, “The Right Must Win”, is a poem for our times. It fills us with encouragement to meditate on these meaningful words in the many trials we are enduring these last years (some Catholics perhaps even fighting with feelings of despair at witnessing such rampant heresies and irreverence from our shepherds, the ones who were once chosen to lead us to Heaven) and realise that despite the “darkness” nothing of God’s teaching and love for men has changed. Life on earth is a “battle-field” and we are God’s “workmen”, His soldiers, called to do battle for Him and the Holy Catholic Church infiltrated by enemies of Christ. We waste our energies when we, the faithful, quibble among each other “at cross purposes”, as we sometimes do on Catholic media.

We must never “lose heart”, nor must we forget: “God is God” and far above our “reason’s height”. He has not deserted us, so “to doubt would be disloyalty” and “to falter would be [to] sin”!

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The Right Must Win

Oh, it is hard to work for God,

To rise and take His part

Upon this battle-field of earth,

And not sometimes lose heart!

He hides himself so wondrously,

As though there were no God;

He is least seen when all the powers

Of ill are most abroad.

Or He deserts us at the hour

The fight is all but lost;

And seems to leave us to ourselves

Just when we need Him most.

Ill masters good; good seems to change

To ill with greatest ease;

And, worst of all, the good with good

Is at cross-purposes.

Ah! God is other than we think;

His ways are far above,

Far beyond reason’s height, and reach’d

Only by childlike love.

Workman of God! Oh, lose not heart,

But learn what God is like;

And in the darkest battle-field

Thou shalt know where to strike.

Thrice bless’d is he to whom is given

The instinct that can tell

That God is on the field when He

Is most invisible.

Bless’d too, is he who can divine

Where real right doth lie,

And dares to take the side that seems

Wrong to man’s blindfold eye.

For right is right, since God is God;

And night the day must win;

To doubt would be disloyalty,

To falter would be to sin.

 

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3 Responses to The Right Must Win

  1. You are right when you say that Catholic shepherds were ‘once chosen to lead us to heaven’.
    Where is the Catholic hierarchy leading people now ? We do agree, however, Jesus is Lord, and King. Let us praise his holy and magnificent name.

  2. Nandarani33 says:

    I ‘love’ Fr. Faber, who was a convert as I am. I’m reading Treatise on Divine Love now, in pdf on line, by St. Francis de Sales. Each gemstone chapter brings something treasured, one after the other. One of the recent ones, I’m in Book X now, has convinced me that God acts through me and we are in Him in a way that leads to the most profitable position of inner peace, to not care about the results at all, still less to become upset in any aspect of the operations. I am probably not clear but that is good: get that book! It is wonderful, and the chapters, as he explains in the very beginning, are short, because someone advised him that it will be easier for people to keep reading that way. It’s true! One can bite off chunks, save the pdf, and return at a later point in the day and continue reading. The highlighting tool is very useful; I am so thankful for it.

  3. kathleen says:

    @ Nandarani33

    Thank you for your lovely comment. I am a cradle Catholic, but I have always been of the opinion that we have so much to be grateful for to the many remarkable converts to the Catholic Church (like the holy, Fr Frederick Faber) who have brought such deeply enriching spiritual inspirations to our Glorious Faith.

    And yes, St Francis de Sales is also a much loved favourite among Catholics from all walks of life.

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