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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Leo XIII

Christians are born for combat.

Pope Leo XIII

 

 

To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part 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. 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 they might reckon upon being successful. 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. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: “Have confidence; I have overcome the world.”(13) 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 to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.

SAPIENTIAE CHRISTIANAE

Pope Leo XIII

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

14 Comments

  1. – and how the wicked have become emboldened by their laws and power.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the professed Christians in the seats of power, such as Biden, Pelosi, Kerry, Senators, Representatives,and Judges had that framed for their office walls?

  2. The lack of courage on the greater part of Christianity in America has led to this.
    A P.C. Society that has demanded that All must conform to their fashion. If not then face the stigma of being labeled bigot, racist, hate monger. A significantly large part of this cowardice has come from our Church leadership. The silent treatment from the ambo has not helped.
    Pope Leo the XIII pray for us.

  3. We must welcome the scorn of the World in defense of the Gospel, while always remembering the command of Christ to be as innocent as doves and as wily as serpents. Too many Christians in the battles against our foes have the innocence of doves part down pat, but completely forget about the wiliness of serpents part.

  4. Ultimately it is our fault.
    The priests are weakened in part by a weakened congregation. The prayers and sacrifices of the body of Christ help build good and courageous Priests.
    The blame game is over.
    Its you and me.
    If we are to be the Salt full of flavor then we must pick up the pace. Adoration, Rosary and daily Mass if possible.
    Strong Priests and powerful witness will turn the tide.

  5. You can’t give what you don’t have.

    Public witness, public rosary, rallies and interviews on local media is the fruit from Adoration, private daily Rosary, regular visits to reconciliation, and weekday Mass.
    Some of you know this by heart and participate in it.
    Others will find this a challenge.
    In order to be doers of the Word and not bystanders, we must Ask for the courage and He will grant it.
    You will be flavor for a tasteless world.

  6. Right now trying to figure out the smartest way to push back against some bigoted relatives.

    Be too harsh, and I’ll simply drive them off; however, “too harsh” often includes “less than full-voiced agreement,” and there’s a risk that trying to be gentle, I will mistakenly give the impression that I agree with them.

  7. Foxifer-
    Not sure of your hot topic, however if it is DOMA related and you haven’t checked out the Heritage foundation for resources, then please inquire; “What is Marriage? Man and Woman. A defense.” By Ryan T. Andersen, Sherif Girgis and Robert George.

    Jon who visits this site passed this on to aid us in this particular debate.
    Good hunting!

  8. Thank you, Philip, but they would automatically dismiss the arguments because it is from Heritage.

    The joys of ad hominem.

    (On an unrelated note, my spellcheck tried to change that to “ad Eminem.”)

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