photo from the Passion of Christ (Mel Gibson)
When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” Luke 23:33-35
Have you noticed the assault on Our Lord happening more and more? In the Spanish City of Pamplona an artist and a naked person have desecrated the Eucharist, writing the word Pederasty with the hosts. In Argentina for the past several years, violent pro-abortion women have attacked praying men outside the Cathedral. In Belgium, topless women attack a Bishop with water for not supporting abortion and gay rights.
These people attack the church in the most vile ways. For some, their mantra is usually about their abortion and their body. This is my body. As Peter Kreeft adeptly points out;
But it’s not just abortion that is the demonic parody, it’s almost everything that is going on in our culture. We are not fighting people, we are fighting demons. There is a spiritual battle going on, so keep your eyes on God and pray without ceasing.
…Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that the scripture speaks without meaning when it says, “The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy”? But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
“God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you of two minds. James 4: 4-8
Do not walk in fear. Our weapons are prayer, especially the Rosary. Put on the Armor of God. Pray for bold confidence in God. If you pray for it, He will give you the grace of feeling it.
Lord, I believe:
I wish to believe in Thee.
Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved,
and let it penetrate my thought,
my way of judging Divine things and human things.
Lord, let my faith be joyful
and give peace and gladness to my spirit,
and dispose it for prayer with God
and conversation with men,
so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession
may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation.
Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume
to be based on the experience of my thought and of my
but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit,
and not have any better guarantee than in docility to
and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church.
And please pray for those that have been blinded. That the veil may be lifted. Father forgive them, they know not what they do.