Sunday, August 10, 2014

If you strike me down...

"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."

A famous Catholic actor, who happened to play one of the most famous roles in science fiction cinema (and a role that may likely come to mind quickly) declared this bold statement as he confronted evil.

I cannot help but swell up with hope when I hear this, not because I love the film so much- because I am a Catholic, and as a Catholic I can say the same thing.

Thousands of Christians (both young and old) are being mutilated, tortured, raped, exiled, and murdered for their faith today.  It is abhorrent to have such atrocities at all, and here it is in the open and in large numbers.  One would easily lose hope in such a situation.

Yet, there is something these terrorists fail to understand...

With each Christian that is martyred for the faith, these terrorists think they are winning, but they are really growing the Heavenly Army.  They are adding saints the the Church Triumphant.  These souls who reach the Heavenly Realm  receive the Beatific Vision and are united to the Holy Trinity. They now add their prayers to the Church in a much more mysterious, and yet powerful way.  These saints pray vigilantly for the Church Militant, the Church here on Earth.

So with each soul that is being killed by these evil groups for the faith in Jesus Christ and his bride, the Church, the saints are being made even more powerful as they ascend to Heaven.

It is sometimes hard to remember, but as the book of Hebrews says: "Therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed us" -Hebrews 12:1 DRB

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