Thursday, June 3, 2010
If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. (John 15:19-20)

Three years ago Father Adriano Franchini was murdered after Mass for no specific motive by a young male other than the priest's faith. Four years ago, a youth murdered Father Andrea Santoro, and the assassin's government let him off easily with a mere 18 year imprisonment for extinguishing the life of another human being.

Muslim anti-Catholics have grown more ambitious; now a bishop has been murdered. When a Spanish cardinal was murdered while praying in church (at the time of the Reconquista) it has been said that he cried out his thanks to God for allowing him to die a martyr. Yes, these clergymen have been honoured to die for Christ, but 'blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,' and so we cannot be expected to be gleeful about these iniquitous crimes.

St. Paul said that it was not a sin to be concerned with the things of this world, but that attachment to them makes it more difficult to be resigned to the will of God. Ergo, he wished that 'all men were like [him]': Celibate and so aflame with God that no darkness could ever affect him. There are times when the Church Militant stands her ground, and her members fight for their survival, but when it is clearly God's providence, that she lays down like the lamb for the slaughter.

It remains to be seen whether Bishop
Luigi Padovese will be our example in the future or our rallying cry.


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Domine, spero quia mundum vicisti. Lord, I trust that Thou hast overcome the world. Panie, ufam, żeś pokonał świat.
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