02 March 2012

It's a Fact of Modern Life for Christians...


It's a fact of modern life that if you openly support conservative Christian values, you run the serious risk of coming under attack in some way. Sometimes this entails problems at work or, in extreme cases, even physical violence. In the internet age, it is all too easy for people to snipe at others from behind the safety of their computer. And, of course, the news media is ever ready to pounce on those more public figures who have the courage to be Christian.

As part of the new evangelism of the modern age, we are truly sent as lambs among wolves. That should never deter us, though. We should always strive to make everything we do directed towards the purpose of the glorification of God, the increase of grace, and the goal of being as Christ-like as possible. The more we do this, though, the more we are likely to be criticized or attacked by those whose focus is in the world, not in heaven, and by those who give in to jealousy. Envy of the spiritual good of another is one of the worst forms of envy. It ultimately stems from the sin of pride.

Being workers in the vineyard of our Lord, it is essential to tune out all the negative influences we encounter in the world. Ignore criticism and instead press forward in our service, ever strong in the Catholic Faith. Sidestep conflict and instead devote your energy to the service of God and his Holy Church. It takes two people to have a fight or an argument, so if you refuse to participate, then there is no fight or argument. Those unhappy souls who expend vast quantities of energy on finding fault with servants of the Church and their work would be well-advised to ponder the words and example of our Lord and instead spend their time and energy on helping other people. The wretched in spirit are truly are to be pitied and are in great need of our prayers, that they may experience a true conversion of heart.

During this Lent season, let us be filled with the spirit of the Lord. Let us indulge in the essence of fasting, and thereby strive to purge ourselves of all that is impure. Keeping our eyes fixed on our Christian duty, and our hearts and minds always oriented towards heaven, may our spirits always find sanctuary with our Lord. By joining ourselves to the Passion and Cross of our Lord, may we come to eternal salvation in the glory of the Resurrection.