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A helpful exhortation from Leo XIII for our time November 11, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, paganism, Papa, persecution, sanctity, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I must say, the more I read of this great pope, the more I admire him, and the more I wonder why he seems to have no cause for his canonization at all.  He was a long serving pope in a most difficult time and he upheld the Faith with immense clarity and forcefulness, as indicated below, from Fr. O’Reilly’s biography on this saintly man:

…….to every deputation which met him he repeated his courageous words of advice and exhortation.  “The days of trial had come for them all; they must take their share in the general persecution, and not refuse to suffer for truth and for Christ.”

A brief statement, to be sure, but one so appropriate to our own time.  Pope Leo probably suspected – or knew – that a time would soon come when the Church would war with herself, when the immaculate Bride of Christ would be filled with unworthy and disobedient men. The first outbreak of modernism was well underway during his pontificate.  But I wonder if even this brilliant pope could fathom the extent to which souls would fall away from that Truth to which we must cling, and replace love for Christ with love for something else?

Then again, for those with eyes to see, even an early 18th century priest, the inevitable path the Western Civilization has trod since the vast majority of its elites deliberately decided to reject Christianity in general and the Church in particular has been completely clear, and they would probably not be surprised at all to find the depths to which we have sunk.  No matter, that is our reality, and we must decide how to deal with it.

I choose to fight.

 

Comments

1. larry trasciatti - November 11, 2014

In a way he was kind of like a proto.JohnPaul II

2. stevendallas - November 11, 2014

FYI: The Life of Pope Leo XIII by Fr. O’Brien is no longer copyrighted, and is available for free online:

https://archive.org/details/lifepopeleoxiii00ldgoog

Tantumblogo - November 11, 2014

Thanks. Forgive me if I prefer the printed page.

3. JOJAN JOS - November 23, 2014

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