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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Sign of Hope at Ground Zero

No matter how dark the hour, Jesus is always present. The cross was the sign of hope for the Israelites in the desert who were bitten by the serpents. It was the sign of hope for the early Christians. It is the sign Catholics make with holy water as they enter a church. It was the sign of hope left at ground zero on September 11, 2001.

The evil one wants us to "despair and die." But Christ wants us to repent and live. Let's pray today for the courage to persevere with hope and determination. Life has always involved battling evil. I saw For Greater Glory last night depicting the devastating persecution and attack on the Church in Mexico during the 1920s under President Plutarco Calles. The struggle of the Cristeros was the same battle against godless politicians that fills our history books: England after Henry VIII with the underground Church in hiding, the uprising of the Catholics in the Vendée during the French revolution, the persecutions in Russia, Japan, China and now in Muslim countries aided and abetted by the U.S. government. And yet we hope...not in politicians...but in Christ the king.

Viva Cristo Rey, Vive le Christ-Roi, Long live Christ the King!

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