Friday, June 26, 2009

Living Purgatory

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" (Matt 5:10-12)

Those who are seriously trying to live out the gospel and will not capitulate to the spirit of the world have every reason to expect persecution. It would be expected to meet with persecution from neighbors, co-workers, even family, but the place we would least expect this would be within our very own parishes. This is a most painful affliction indeed.

For where does one turn when their "heaven on earth" has become a living purgatory....or worse. Drive to another parish - 50, 100 or 150 miles? Stay and close your eyes tightly to the "innovations" thrust upon your weary soul? How does one close their ears? What of the scandal given to children? Stay and suffer with the Hidden Jesus? Change parishes? Stay? Go? Just because it valid does that mean we can do NOTHING that is beautiful? Nothing that is reverent?

O Lord, You once told Peter that one day he would be led where he did not want to go. Do Thou shepherd me Lord and save my ears and my eyes from all that offends Thee. Amen+


Cleghornboy said...

Ut liberaret nos ab inimicis nostris, et e manu omnium qui oderunt nos.

Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us.

epsilon said...

Too true, let us pray for priests who think it's OK to develop "emergent" theology and the congregations who think that because father is very 'nice' he couldn't possibly be leading them astray!

Many thanks for your prayerful blog!

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Do you mind updating to my new blog?

Cleghornboy said...

While most priests remain silent, the homosexual juggernaut gains momentum:

Pray for Massachusetts. Pray for America. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Dymphna said...

Arise o Lord and let Thy enemies be scattered. Let them that hate Thee fly before Thy Holy Face.

Joyful Catholics said...

Amen. Love the Mary Garden post, too!