Posted by: fvbcdm | February 5, 2015

Feast of Saint Agatha (5 Feb 2015)

Last night, President Bush gave his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation. I listened in fascination. The event is a real show, not only because of what the President says, but who is there in the Capitol, how the two parties are physically arranged relative to the main aisle, what guests are there, and how the various participants react to what is being said. Last night, the Republicans, on the right of the aisle, often behaved like teenagers at a pep-rally, while the Democrats sat in glum silence across the aisle.

The event made me think of the comparison between our nation and the Church. God has blessed this nation of ours with a tremendous abundance of natural wealth and a citizenry many of whom are intelligent, ambitious, responsible, and virtuous people. As long as there are enough of these, the nation will flourish despite the dead-beats, the criminals, and the enemies within. We need not be concerned about the continuation of the Church; it will be with us until the end of time; we have Christ’s assurance of that. He has built his Church upon the rock of the Papacy, and there will always be many in this world who are loyal to the Pope and to the Petrine office. Regardless of the behavior of this or that pope or bishop or priest or Catholic school, the Church will be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

She will always be fully capable of producing holiness in all her members, and that is her main purpose in existing.

However, each of us can and should make his or her contribution to the health and vigor of Christ’s Church on earth. Just as we should be good Americans so as to strengthen our nation, so we should be truly virtuous Christians and Catholics so as to make the Church even more effective in making the holiness of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in our world, attractive to others, and thus we become the leaven in the mass, the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note: This message was composed some years ago.

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