Vigilance, principal characteristic of the combative spirit in the Reign of Mary

May 11, 2017

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Adam Fox, an infantryman and dog handler with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, supervises Cpl. Jett, an IED detection dog, while he sniffs for explosives at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Oct. 23, 2011. Jett, a chocolate Labrador retriever, and Fox work together to protect Marines at their post from IED threats. The IED detection team spends up to 35 hours a week on various drills, honing their communications skills and Jett’s detection abilities.

The combative spirit should be taken to an unimaginable apex by the Church during the Reign of Mary, in the supreme phase of its splendor.

Vigilance is a component of dynamism. [It should be] an omnipresent vigilance about all things, looking everywhere, suspicious in every way; and one which, when finding the abomination of desolation in the holy place, proclaims: “The abomination of desolation is in the holy place.” But it should give no quarter to that abomination of desolation even for an instant, harassing it [relentlessly]. This is what one must do.


(Excerpt from an MNF, Thursday, Sept. 14, 1989 – translation)


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