A blog for Catholic men that seeks to encourage virtue, the pursuit of holiness and the art of true masculinity.
August 27, 2018
A crisis of historic proportions is facing the Catholic Church. The moral rot and corruption that has infected the Church to the highest echelons is being exposed like a festering wound for all to see. And it is an ugly sight.
But the truth is, the crisis has existed for some time now, though many were either were ignorant of or willfully blind to it. That the evil lurking in the shadows is finally being exposed is a mercy, albeit a severe one.
I could say much about the roots of this crisis and perhaps offer solutions, but I will refrain. We do not need more opinions at this critical juncture, and who am I to offer them anyway? I will, however, offer this admonition: Hold fast.
In times past, sailors would tattoo the words “Hold Fast” on their knuckles in the belief that these words would help them cling to the rigging during violent storms. In like manner, we must “tattoo” the names of Jesus and Mary on our hearts so that we may withstand the storms facing us.
One of the chief instruments the devil uses against us is fear. Fear can destroy faith faster than nearly anything else. It can tear your heart in a thousand pieces if you let it.
And so what we need more than anything at this juncture is courage. Courage to bear witness to the faith when we are mocked and despised for it. Courage to cling to Christ and his commandments when our own shepherds betray us. Courage to live in the center of God’s will when everything in us is screaming at us to cut and run.
We have had it too easy for too long. And easiness breeds weakness. Let us be men of fortitude in this hour, for in such times saints are made.
These are indeed days of darkness. But the one thing darkness cannot stand is the light. Hold fast. Have faith. Pray constantly. Do not lose heart. For the Immaculate Virgin is crushing the serpent’s head.
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