Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Soldiers of Christ

Growing up there was a song "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden, along with sunshine, there's got to be a little rain sometime".

This is the same thing Jesus was saying when He told us "if you want to be my disciple, you must take up your cross and follow me". I just had my college roommate tell me that she was enjoying the unity of Obama.
Bishop Robert T. Finn, a true shepherd and general in the Church Militant gave the Keynote Address at the Gospel of Life Convention in Kansas City. Here's part of his address,
"If you and I fail to realize the meaning and finality behind our choices, and the intensity of the constant warfare that confronts us, it is likely that we will drop our guard, be easily and repeatedly deceived, and even loose the life of our eternal soul.
As bishop I have a weighty responsibility to tell you this over and over again. This obligation is not always easy, and constantly I am tempted to say and do less, rather than more. Almost everyday I am confronted with the persuasion of other people who want me to be silent. But – with God’s grace – you and I will not be silent.
This work of speaking about the spiritual challenges before us is not just the responsibility of the Bishop. I am not the only one entrusted with the work of faith, hope and charity. You are baptized into this Church militant. You are also entrusted with the mission of righteousness. You have the fortification of the sacraments, and the mandate to love as Jesus loved you. You share in the apostolic mission and work of the Church."
Few bishops lead as well as Bishop Finn, here is his bold denunciation of pornography, a silent killer of marriages, and destroyer of the innocence and safety of children, and to our shame, a 9 billion dollar industry, bigger than Holly wood and sports combined.

Read the entire post at Catholic Key Blog.

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