16 February 2008

Christian Courage and the Cause of Christ

From one of the most amazing books ever- The Young Man's Guide:

... Therefore it is of the utmost importance that the generation of Catholics who are now growing up, I mean Catholic young men, should fearlessly and courageously come forward and espouse the cause of Christ. Even the dread of death ought to induce no one to hold back, much less the dread of temporal loss. God will know how to protect His own in case of need. Think of what the faithful adherents of our holy religion have endured since the so-called Reformation in England and Ireland. Remember that millions of the early Christians shed their blood for Christ, amid the most cruel tortures.

Sacrifices like these are not required of us; we are not threatened with similar penalties. We ought, therefore, to find it easier to take the side of Christ, and to fight for His cause more cheerfully.

... In this manner must we all, and young men more especially, use every possible exertion in order that, in the days in which we live, Christ may once more reign in the whole of our public life.

God, grant us the courage to do your will. Help us to be like Saint John the Baptist: obedient and humble, yet strong and bold. It was his love for You that caused him to preach the coming of Christ in the wilderness, and love of his neighbor that caused him to call for repentance and turning back to Your truth. Grant us an increase in the virtue of charity, and renew within us the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and the fear of the Lord. The days are evil, so we ask You to grant us the grace to fight the good fight and finish the race.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.


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