Posted by: fvbcdm | March 8, 2013

Feast of Saint John of God (9 Mar 2013)

There is a marvelous little publication called “Magnificat” which is a missalette, giving the entire text of the Mass and its readings for each day, as well as short biographies of the saints and quotations on spiritual subjects from the words of saints, theologians, and others worthy of being heard. The section for today contains a quotation from the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I was struck by the quotation since it has to do with Lent; I was also struck by a footnote which appears after her words. The quotation from her says this: “If you find it difficult to pray, ask Jesus again and again, ‘Jesus come into my heart, pray in me and with me, that I may learn from you how to pray.’” And then she goes on to say, “By an upright will we love God, we choose God, we run toward God, we reach him, we possess him.” Then, after I had read those words, I also read the footnote added by the editors of the little magazine. It says, “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who died in 1997, won the Nobel Peace Prize . . .”

What I found so interesting is the juxtaposition of the very simple, loving, devout, and religious with the international, highly publicized, and universally esteemed prize awarded by a committee of international representatives and conferred upon the recipient by the King of Norway each year. So here we have this little old nun who was more familiar with the alleys and gutters and starving, dying beggars of Calcutta than with the glittering salons of the rich, famous, and powerful of this world, saying “Jesus, come into my heart” and receiving the world’s highest honors from the King of a European kingdom. This is the same little old wrinkled nun who attended a prayer breakfast at the White House and there said, in the presence of the President of the United States and many of the most powerful and influential members of our government, “One of the reasons why you have no peace is because you give your official approval to the crime of abortion.” It takes courage to say that in those circumstances! And of course it is quite true: we in this country are at war; the enemy is the unborn child. We have killed many more of our own unborn children than we have lost in all our wars put together. We constantly champion freedom. What freedom does the embryo or fetus have which is at the mercy of the abortionists of our country? Those who want to be able to kill the unborn call themselves “pro-choice.” But the child whose life hangs in the balance has no choice at all, so that term is a very, very sick joke. 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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