Be the Light

Maria Clinkenbeard

As tensions remain high throughout society as we ring in the new year, Catholics must press on bravely in the battle for truth. Society is undoubtedly divided, but where are we to stand? The answer is simple-we stand for Christ, even though standing for Christ is a guaranteed path to persecution. In order to stand in the truth of Our Lord, we must accept this without hesitation.

The moral issues facing society today are a result of the modernization that has infiltrated the Catholic Church. The nuclear family is under attack, the unborn are ruthlessly murdered in the name of “freedom of choice,” churches have cut off the sacraments from the faithful for the “common good,” and the list goes on. Any Church leaders (and even some well-known laymen) who speak out against the modernist agenda are labeled as “extreme.” Unfortunately, this has sown division and confusion in the faithful.

Meditation on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ gives insight on how to deal with the sad situation at hand. He was accused of grave sin, although He was sinless. He held His peace through His painful trial and execution. He prayed for the ones nailing His sacred hands and feet to the cross. His passion and death showed us what it means to be charitable. His love for humanity saved us from eternal death. It is necessary to constantly reflect on the holy life of our Lord for strength and courage in such a seemingly dark time in history.

Persecution is to be expected if we are to imitate Jesus, but what have we to fear? What do we care about the opinions of men when we are standing for the truth of Christ? Our hope is in the glory that is to come, which we cannot even begin to imagine! Friendship with Christ brings true peace, and the more perfect this friendship, the greater our interior peace during this battle. St. Paul speaks of hope and the love of Christ for us in his letter to the Romans (Rom. 8:31-35, 37-39):

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us? He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things? Who shall accuse against the elect of God? God that justifieth. Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? Or distress? Or famine? Or nakedness? Or danger? Or persecution? Or the sword?...But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

What courage can be drawn from the words of St. Paul! Nothing can possibly separate us from the love of Christ, and in this truth we are filled with heavenly joy. We must not be afraid to stand for truth in these tumultuous times, for in standing for truth, we stand for Christ, the redeemer of the world.

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