It is Cowardly Not to Fight for the Faith

April 2, 2020

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“Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion, it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by Her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to Her keeping. But when necessity compels, not those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains, ‘Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of the unbelievers.’

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To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the art of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.

In Panevėžys, the people asked if Bishop Matulionis would give them his cane that he had since prison, which he did. The cane was entrusted to the city museum. When the Soviet Union invaded Lithuania in 1940 and communist officials took over many artifacts were destroyed. It is not known whether the cane still exists.

Bl. Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis imprisoned in 1933 and martyred during the Soviet Communist Occupation. Click to read about him.

Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions; and by always exerting themselves more strenuously them might reckon upon being successful.

Cardinal von Galen amidst the ruins of Münster’s Cathedral on March 16, 1946, shortly before his death. Click to read more about him.

After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted.

Traditional Marriage, Pro-Life, Protesting Socialist Health Care Mandates and various Blasphemous plays and “art work”. Rosary Rallies across this country….this is our Crusade.

Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, he triumph: ‘Have confidence; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:23). Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.”

(Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890, in The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII [New York: Benziger Brothers, 1903], pp. 188-189.

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