A glimpse of Christian persecution going on in the country, and an example of what part you can play in doing something about it…
February 5, 2013 A.D.
“Perhaps it’s already here. Catholic pulpits throughout this nation have sometimes thundered about loss of religious liberty in this country, but many of the faithful have simply looked back at their bishops and priests with bemused expressions of disbelief.
“Raised on stories of martyrs, perhaps they do not consider any persecution real unless it comes with lions, tigers and bears in the Roman Coliseum. But that’s not how this persecution is beginning.
“It is starting with a whisper, a tentative probing to see if it can get away with smacking Christianity. And those who persecute have found they can.
“The most recent damning evidence occurred with the coming presidential inauguration. An evangelical pastor, Rev. Louie Giglio, was forced to pull out of giving the benediction at the famed event because 20 years ago he gave a sermon against (abominable) marriage. The inauguration committee responded, “As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”
“Think about it. That statement excludes any orthodox Catholic, in fact any orthodox Christian, and Catholics are the most organized and vocal proponents of traditional marriage.
“For the first time, the beliefs of our religion exclude us from being a part of a president’s inauguration.
“Add to that the continued governmental hostility toward our beliefs as regards Obamacare, the mockery of our faith in the media, and hostility shown by the secular world to pro-life beliefs in our culture.
“Don’t believe this? In just a week, we will have the annual March for Life and this year’s is expected to be huge – hundreds of thousands of people. Check the media coverage – or not. For years the secular media has totally ignored this huge protest. Why? Because they hate what we believe.
“These issues may seem small to some. But they represent the evolving opinion of the state – and it is not friendly to us.
“It will be a while before Catholics are dragged out of their homes and killed. But death by a thousand cuts is as sure or a death as perishing in the arena. This culture prefers to kill us slowly.
“The question is, “Are we even going to rise up and respond?”
“Some believe columns like this resemble Chicken Little crying falsely that the sky is falling. To those who feel that way, start listening to what the Pope is saying – he too expects persecution. Start listening to what our bishops are saying – they have definitely sounded the alarm. And start listening to what your priests are saying – have a talk with them about all of this.
“No need to panic; rather, start standing up courageously for what Catholics believe.
“Speak about it in the workplace, among neighbors and friends. Find a way to use those Confirmation gifts of the Spirit that gave us all the courage to be Catholic in the secular sphere.
“Maybe it’s easier to just shorten all of this with this statement: “Be a saint!”
“We may not stop what is coming, but at least we will stand up for what is right – and that may be all this is needed to triumph.”
Following is an editorial to Msgr. Barr’s column, written by a Medjugorje follower, and is creative in evangelizing. The following response is an example that everyone can initiate to spread Our Lady’s message through issues of the day, by responding to editorials. The letter is short, direct and precise, which is perfect to get in editorials. The editorial was titled:
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“I’ve got a book you need to read…”
Be creative for Our Lady. Every conversation can be an opportunity to expose others to truth, freedom, and Our Lady.
They Fired the First Shot 2012, by A Friend of Medjugorje
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