Thursday, May 8, 2008

Realization-

"If Communism took over and Catholicism was banned, how many catholics would stand up and DIE, as a martyr, before the tabernacle protecting our Lord?"

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I stand up and say "I want to die- I am Catholic!", however, I would practice my religion with my friends and in my home (including "private" masses held by "secret" priests), and if I happened to die in the process, then I would be OK with that.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant to say that I WOULDN'T stand up

Fr. Brian Stanley said...

Good luck with finding "secret" priests for your "private" Masses, anonymous. All the priests I know would stand up, in public, for the Faith. All the priests I know would die defending a tabernacle if the Blessed Sacrament were present in it.

Don't misread Lex's question: no one wants merely to die. The question concerned willingness to be a martyr -- a Greek term which means "witness" -- a witness to the Faith, professing Our Lord present in the Holy Eucharist.

I think Lex is drawing attention to the sad fact that many Catholics have a weak faith, particularly in the Blessed Sacrament. The lack of reverence toward the Holy Eucharist, the failure of many to genuflect before the tabernacle, the casual reception of Holy Communion, all indicate a great need for catechesis and renewal among the Christian Faithful. Priests are responsible for this catechesis and spiritual renewal, and should do more to remedy this sad situation.

I think, too, Lex is drawing attention to the ultimate goal of our life of Faith, which is to be with God. Our Holy Communion with Him here on earth is promise of our Communion with Him with all the saints and angels in heaven.

In paradisum, deducant te angeli...
(May the angels lead you to paradise...)

Keep up the good work, Lex, and keep the Faith.

Catholic Teen- said...

Father: You have learned well, grasshopper.

=D

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