Three “bombs” dropped last week if you will, first the Papal encyclical, then the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare and then lastly the nuclear bomb on the family with the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. It is no surprise that many of us feel discouraged, outraged, deeply saddened, and even sickened. Never before has evil been so accepted, approved and promoted! Some say that it is so bad now, that God owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah.
We are seeing this evil everywhere and on all levels. It is a 360 battle, attacking on all fronts. From the womb to the tomb; from the schools to the public shopping centers; from the pubic work office to the private dining-room table. It is scary. It is sad. It is unbelievable! It is no wonder that our hearts feel down and all joy seems lost…what are we to do? Where are we to go? How are we to live amidst all these great evils ? Fathers and Mothers worry about their children…students worry about their future…others worry about whether they can ever build a family…those seeking to enter religious life are searching fanatically for some faithful convent or monastery…much needed priest are torn, attacked, and at times feel alone as though they are the last ones defending the teachings and traditions of the Holy Mother Church…
As this 360 battle is in full swing we must not lose hope and must remain faithful! We must not let this evil twister uproot us and take our souls! It may take our possessions and even our life, but not our soul, unless we let it! We, as the Church Militant must stand back up and fight! The victory of the war is already won by Christ, but we must finish these small battles along the way. We must fight the good fight and run the good race in God’s loving and abundant grace! And with great JOY must we carry our daily cross!
Recall the very important words from St. Paul in Romans Chapter 8:35-39: “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? (As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Psalm 44:22) 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.” (Romans 8: 38-39)
This is very important to understand and especially to keep in mind and heart as things progress and get worse. For there is most likely a very big and horrendous persecution coming, and the only fear that should be in our minds is in concern for our soul. We must be ready now, and at every moment, for we know not the hour. Our Souls must remain in God’s grace if we are to make it to the end of the race and win the prize! Thus, our hearts and souls must not become discouraged nor take part in any sin.
With a last effort to encourage (Which definition comes from the French: en + cœur, meaning to put the heart within) you, I leave you with this poem below. May it serve as some small reminder and remedy to all our hearts during this time. With the Grace of God the Father, with the Truth of the Eternal Son, and with the Love of the Holy Ghost may it inspire and re-enkindle you to fight the good fight in all Love and Joy!
Lift up your hearts!
This is the secret of how joy imparts.
Be of good cheer
And know that the Lord is near.
In the warm rays of Divine Light
Doth the heart take deLight.
What lifts the soul above
Is His great unending Love.
Above the winter’s gloom
Beyond the worker’s doom.
From the wickedness of evil men
and the snares of Lucifer’s den
Above the world void and dull
Doth the Spirit of Joy make thee more than full.
This joy is so sublime
That no pain can take it in time.
From every evil and great harm
Thou wilt be safe in His Loving Arm.
From the darkness of the night
Into the joyness of the Light.
The heart can cry: “Thy will be done”
For its joy is found in the only Son.
From His radiant Divine Face
Flows every little and great grace.
From the deepest grief
Will this Great Heart bring relief.
When the heart is beating in humble prayer
No world or devil can sets its lair.
For the heart is lifted up on high
Far above the earth and sky.
Oh such a deep and holy joy
Which no man or devil can destroy.
It never departs over the years
Even amidst a valley of tears.
A life of great holiness
Is nothing but a life of deep joyfulness.
The cloak of humble joy it wears
Its heavy burden now lighter bears.
Raise your hearts and take flight
To the Triune regions bright!
No greater Love is ever seen
Within that great celestial Beam.
The heart then must continue to pray
In order to be raised to the Divine Ray.
Oh how thy heart will glow
Purer and whiter than fresh snow.
Nothing ever to make its joy lost
Even amidst evil frost.
Nor ever can it kill
A heart within the Divine Will.
Profound patience is the key
To keep joy within thee.
Turn thy eye to His Heart
Never from there to depart.
For it is He that makes thee radiant
Filling thy heart with a Light so brilliant!
Safe from the world’s sharp shore
All evils thy heart too will ignore.
To all doubts say farewell
For in Truth do thee now dwell.
Say good bye to all thy fears
As reality now appears.
For as the heart upward flies
Every evil, fear, and sorrow dies.
And hence my mere body of clay
With heart and soul will often say:
My heart hast been raised to the Heavenly clime*
To the Triune’s Love and Joy sublime!!!
*Clime = Region.