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Friday, September 26, 2014

Difficult Days Are Coming for the Church, but Never Lose Hope!

It's Friday...a good day for fasting and sacrifice. Pray for poor Holy Mother Church so battered and bruised by those who should love her most. May God have mercy on us for our laziness and laxity. "Penance, penance, penance," Our Blessed Mother said to the little shepherds of Fatima.

We would do well to remember, as Pope Pius V said, that "All the evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics." Don't let us be lukewarm; but be on fire for Christ! Pray with St. Teresa of Avila to be a "burning furnace of charity." And remember to fight for the faith with every ounce of your being. As Pope Pius XII reminds us:
"We belong to the Church Militant; and she is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass her destruction." 
Put on the armor of God (and a cheerful smile) every morning and prepare yourself for the day's battle. Let us pray for holy and bold shepherds to lead us in the fight under the inspiration of our twelve star general:
"Who is she who comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army dressed in battle array?"
Our Lady, help of Christians, pray for us.

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