Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Feast of Blessed John Paul II


Today is the feast of Blessed John Paul II: so happy feast day to you all.  I was reading some excerpts from his writings and one piece in particular struck me.  Given the battle that is going on, our attempts to defend human life and dignity, and the faith in this aggressively secular world, this quotation had great resonance for me.  It gives me hope while recognising the reality of what is going on.  Here is the passage for your meditation:
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think the wide circle of the American Society, or the wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously…

We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ. With your and my prayers, it is possible to mitigate the coming tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectually renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from the shedding of blood? This time too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared and trust in Christ and in his Holy Mother and be very, very assiduous in praying the holy rosary.

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