In these present times, our country stands at a crossroads where she must choose whom, and what, she will follow. Strident voices, angrily supporting radical agendas, claim to represent the greater good, but, in truth, support policies very different from those of the Catholic Church.
As Catholics, the importance of our response to the storm that is now upon our Church and our country cannot be underestimated. What we do now will determine the very existence of life as we know it, our freedoms and rights.
In response to this very real threat, our community here in San Antonio wants to be a voice speaking from the heart of Holy Mother Church, in support of her truth and the beauty of her teachings. We may not be the loudest, we may not be the most eloquent, but we want to add our voice to the chorus of Catholic bloggers who love and support the Church and her teachings.
It’s unfortunate that one should have to explain, as a nun, what one believes, but today we often find that to be the case. In the past people felt safe in the knowledge that when a woman religious spoke, she was speaking with the mind of the Church. Sadly, today many of the loudest voices speak, not the mind of the Church, but their own mind, a mind of dissent.
We are here to encourage people to pray, and to vote with a well formed conscience, never losing hope, comforted by the fact that the Church is timeless in her wisdom, and will always speak the truth in and out of season.
In the annals of the Church, who is no stranger to persecution, we find many examples of those who stood up for truth, faithful even unto death. We, in our times, can do no less.
Our response at this moment in time, our prayers, our personal holiness, our actions, have an effect on whether or not the Church will be free to exist in our country in the future, whether or not our God-given rights to worship freely and to live our lives in accordance with Catholic teaching will continue to be protected.
It is sometimes easy to lose perspective and be overwhelmed at the enormity of the task ahead, but it need not be so. The grace of the sacraments, the strengthening power of the Eucharist, the Magisterium of the Church, the prayers of the saints, the help of the holy angels – these are our spiritual weapons and aids given us by Christ himself.
As we entrust ourselves, and this great nation, to God’s merciful love, and Our Lady’s protection, let us remember St. Paul’s words to the Romans: “Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”