Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christian bravery...

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,for
the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

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"We must unite ourselves with our Eucharistic Lord,
both inside and outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Pope Benedict XVI said, "Kneeling before the Eucharist
is a profession of freedom: those who bow to Jesus cannot and must not
prostrate themselves before any earthly authority..."

My gloss on Benedict is this:  If we stand at the altar of the Lord with incense,
we are less likely to offer a pinch of incense on the altar of Caesar
- the idol of tyranny.  Or the altar of Mammon - the idol of riches. 
Or the altar of Baal - the idol demanding the blood of children.  Or the altar
of public opinion - the idol that makes promises it cannot keep.

Prayer, Penance, Eucharist: taken together they are the
foundation upon which the virtue of a truly Christian bravery can grow. 
They will allow us to answer the summons of Sacred Scripture:
"Let the weak say, 'I am a warrior'!" Joel 3:10

Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ

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