You don’t necessarily need to attack Islam, but you sure ought to play defense against their murderous ways!
The reason Catholics fail to make any large or universal difference in the world any longer is because we are rather made to sit, on our faith and on our God given capabilities and historic abilities.
This condition is highly observable, seen openly as living mostly neither hot nor cold. The ORDINARY takes primacy and the EXTRAORDINARY is forcibly reduced and made hidden.
Many Catholics reflect the malaise that has been induced by the example of our shepherds, who have sold out our identity in exchange for the false peace with the world, and the faithful have generally succumbed to the world’s manner of worship, which broadly pleases us, man and “self”.
We always visualize, by Sacred Scripture, our Christ Jesus and the Apostles as standing, walking, bathing their wounded feet from the dust of the road, from tirelessly moving through the country side, rivers and valleys, traveling, speaking and teaching of that which every man knows in his heart is true.
Images of shade trees are affectionately portrayed in scripture, as the only relief from the noon day sun burning the road before them. That gracious span makes a canopy for our Lord and His disciples, and we are led to regard the tree with thanksgiving and its shade as a gift to our beloved Lord, and to us as well, from our God.
Sitting shepherds are today’s lot.
Robed and sitting, many scandalously fat, huffing and puffing, dead silent to the face of manifest mortal sin, to treachery, sitting silent and seemingly blinded to the dangers to the faith. Inside and outside of Holy Mother Church, there is so much to repair. Still, we sit.
The good shepherds and the faithful were, for a very long time, indisputably “a peculiar people”. What has happened to the true Church is a satanic attack, stealing our “peculiarity”, slaughtering believers in the Middle East and good priests on our own continent, in South America, even in Phoenix. The prince of the air is stealing hearts, seeking to make us common, no longer on the narrow road which was our identity, in Christ.
Left without courageous shepherds, we who could be strong have been methodically and spiritually starved, made lank and weakened, in mourning seeking mercy and forgiveness, for what we have abandoned.
Pray Lord Jesus, hear us, graciously hear us. +++