"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
“The Church must be
militant in order to thrive and flourish.”
So said Rod Pead
(editor of Christian Order magazine)
in a speech he gave thirteen years ago,
but which could have been given yesterday. His words ring loud and true. The
time has obviously come when Catholics need to be true Catholics. Persecution is practically upon us, and we need to
fight for our faith as we have never fought before.
Of course, one reason
for our current situation is that the Church hasn’t been militant for decades
now. The Church has become sick as we have grown cold and lax in our duty to
learn and teach the faith. As Rod Pead said in his 13-year-old speech, we’ve
been under the “liberal illusion that we can defend Christ and Catholic truth
without conflict and the unpleasantness of raised voices and pointed fingers”.
Sadly, it is in the
ranks of our bishops that we see much of this desire to defend the truth
without conflict. That attitude filters down to priests, and then down to the
laity. And so, we must correct what is wrong in the Church by starting with the
Does that mean
“bishop-bashing”? No; certainly we must show respect for the episcopal office.
I’m talking about insisting that our bishops speak the truth boldly and
forcefully, without concern for political correctness and “offending” someone.
For too many years, we’ve seen bishops teaching wrongly, or failing to stand up
for the truth, or simply being “wishy-washy” on Church doctrine when confronted
with media pressure. Read the rest here. ... Check out the new website - lots of good reading!