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”!
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.