There is a difference between being Catholic and calling yourself Catholic. For example, you can call yourself a millionaire but unless you have a million dollars then you aren’t a millionaire in reality but in name only. It’s the same with being Catholic. You can call yourself Catholic, but unless Jesus is the Lord of your life, you are not a Catholic in reality but in name only (or by baptism only).
Many of us are feeling the defeat and sorrow of the election this past Tuesday. What we really need to do is take the time to see and understand that God allows all things to happen. He wills all things, except sin. There is a great book that explains this way better than I can called “Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret of Peace and Happiness”, and I highly recommend reading it, especially if you feel like throwing something at me by the time you finish reading this post. There are two parts of every action: the good that God wills and the intent of the person that He is using as His instrument. The intent of each of us is ours to own and be held accountable for.
What we have to do now is pick ourselves up and move on with our fight. Nobody can ever blame a Catholic for voting their well-formed (key words being well-formed) conscience. It is mine; I have to answer to God for it, not to you nor anyone else. If God had willed for Obama to be beaten then he would have been. We need to quit talking out of panicked fear. If God is as great as we all claim He is, then we should start talking and acting like it, instead of like panic stricken pansies. Some of the things I’m reading reminds me of the disciples who all fell asleep FIRST then ran away from the garden in fear when Jesus was arrested. First, we as a Church fell asleep and didn’t teach people the teachings of the Church and then when we see the state of our culture we run around in a panic over ONE election. Let’s get a hold of ourselves and calm down.
We need to pick up our rosaries and start changing the culture around us. First and foremost we begin by conforming ourselves to the Will of God and not our own will. If we wanted Romney to win the election, we need to let it go of that want. Let go of the idea that Romney would have been better, and quit pointing the finger at others by fault finding. God was not asleep on Tuesday. He was in control, and He allowed Obama to win. That doesn’t mean that it is God’s will for Obama to work so hard to kill the unborn, that is his free will and he will be held accountable for his actions just like the rest of us. God is a just God. To say that “Romney should have won” is questioning the Providence of God while doubting His goodness. That is what the fallen angels did. They doubted God’s goodness and His Wisdom in His plans to create man and then become a man to save us. They thought they knew better than God; that God doesn’t know what He is doing. That is what led to their fall and it is what will lead us to ours.
We can and should be sorrowful for the moral decay of the world around us. We should mourn the souls that are lost. We should cry for our family that will probably fall to the evil of this world. The way to fight that evil is to make ourselves holy. To be the best Catholics that we can be, and help those around us be the best Catholics they can be. If you are sitting there reading this thinking that you are already the best Catholic you can be, then I have news for you- you aren’t. Neither am I. I am far, far, far from it. Conversion begins within ourselves though. We can’t give anyone something that we don’t have. By God’s grace we can grow in holiness and then reach out to love our family. Afterward go ask your neighbor if there is anything you can do for them. All of your neighbors, even the ones with Obama signs in the front yard. I’d say if you REALLY want to be a saint that you start with those neighbors.
This fight is far from over. Things are very likely going to get worse (and I’d say they are going to get worse really fast, but that could be me panicking.) We are going to lose some soldiers to the lies of the evil one. There will be souls lost. But thank God that our faith and hope lies in the knowledge that God is with us. We know who wins in the end. We know that Heaven awaits us. Let us pray as St. Paul did, that we persevere and finish this race and make it HOME. This isn’t our home, this world is not where we belong.
We are soldiers of Christ. Let’s pick ourselves up and act like it. Soldiers of Christ do not need the validation of this world. We look at the Cross for our validation.
Finally I’ll leave you with this quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
“What our Lord said to Judas, he says to the world today: You seemingly are very interested in social justice. Why are you not concerned about individual justice? You love your neighbor; why do you not love God? This is the attitude of the world today. We have swung away from a period in which we were concerned with individual sanctification to the neglect of the social order. Now we have gone to the extreme of being immersed with social justice, civil rights, and so forth, and we are not the least bit concerned about individual justice and the duty of paying honor and glory to God. If you march with a banner, if you protest, then your individual life may be impure, alcoholic, anything you please. That does not matter, Judas is the patron saint of those who divide that universal law of God: Love God and love neighbor.”
—Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
7 Replies to “We Are Soldiers of Christ”
That Ven. Fulton Sheen quote – whoa. How poignant. I love him!
OK, OK. No more panicked fear. I consider myself soundly bonked on the head and will “Keep calm and Catholic on” (way too much time on FB here!).
If I knew you in real life, I’d hug you. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this and get it out.
That was AWESOME! Very clear and to the point…thank you for writing this…I’m sharing it far and wide. God bless you and protect us all!
Hosea 8 v 4 talks about how people appointed leaders without consulting God,
Romney lost against the free stuff candidate. Ministers today are in on the free stuff.
I have many opinions on why Romney lost. But in the end it doesn’t matter to me. God’s Will be done. That is all that matters. If we allow our anger to twist us into something we shouldn’t be and make other human beings our enemy, then we have already lost a much bigger battle.
God made women with the ability to conceive bear life and with a power to procreate or not as they choose in order to insure the survival of humankind.That power balances and compliments the man’s power to sustain life with care and protection.Only women have the keen instinct for knowing the fragility and balance of life that mother earth and their environs can sustain. This is an awesome responsibility and a blessed one and one that no man should interfere with . It is the design of nature. It is the design of God.
This election was God’s gentle way of making that known. Let God’s plan never again be politicized and let women be free , be put on the pedestal they deserve, be trusted to do God’s will which is not for mankind to decide but God, to be respected and to be true to her design as a free child of God.
This is from Catholic’s for Choice.
You are right, God did create women and men with the ability to procreate and discern children. That is why he made woman with a cycle that can be monitored for fertile and infertile times. But once a child is concieved that child is His creation and deserves to be protected from having his/her life ended for any reason. God left us a Church, His Bride, to keep teaching the things that He taught the Apostles. Even in the Didache, they say that abortion is immoral and goes against the teachings of Christ. God also gave us reason to know things for ourselves. And reason tells me that when countless women have regretted that choice to the point of self destruction that maybe it isn’t as great as everyone makes it out to be.
But you Catholics for Choice can enjoy your victory, because it isn’t the victory that matters. Christ’s victory on the Cross is the only one that matters. God did allow this to happen, but he didn’t inspire the sinfulness behind it. Justice is coming.
People who do not understand who the Catholic Church is usually do not know who her groom is. His name is Jesus and He is alive. He’s coming back to judge each of us. Instead of talking about God the way you do (which makes Him sound like some crazy forest goddess) you should meet Who He really is. The best way to do that is to meet Jesus.
St. Micheal the Archangel defend us in battle!
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