Posted by: fvbcdm | February 20, 2013

Feast of Saint Leo of Catania (20 Feb 2013)

In September, 1958, my seminary classmates and I began our second year of philosophy in suburban Chicago. Just about 5 weeks later, Pope Pius XII died, and on the 28th of October, the cardinals elected as his successor the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, Angelo Roncalli who took the name of John XXIII as Pope. In the meantime, the unrest in Cuba was continuing. The long and corrupt reign of Battista was being seriously challenged by a young revolutionary by the name of Fidel Castro. For several years, there was fighting in various parts of the island as more and more people came to support Castro against the Battista regime. Then, on New Year’s Day, 1959, Battista fled Cuba and left the field open to Castro. Incredible as it may seem, Castro was the dictator of Cuba for the subsequent 45 years or so, and then for four years he has continued to be dictator in name but forced by bad health to allow his brother Raul to run the Communist government which he founded and imposed upon the Cuban people. In 2008, Fidel officially resigned as the head of the Cuban government in favor of Raul, marking something of a turning point in Cuban history—how much turning, remains to be seen.

Our Divine Lord speaks of his own political platform for the Kingdom of God. “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

How beautiful is the politics of divine love! How fortunate we are to be governed by Christ our King—the Savior who died on the cross for our benefit and who governs us only to shepherd us safely through this life and into eternal happiness!

The concept of Jesus as Servant is one of the most basic ones in Christianity. And if we are to be authentic Christians, we must imitate him in that. We must constantly seek to be of help, of service, to others. We must see every human being as worthy of our assistance, regardless of his or her condition or behavior. In many cases, all we can do is to pray for others. Let us do that, and render any other service that we can. THEN, we can call ourselves followers of our Divine Lord, our King of Kings. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown., O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.

 

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