|Storm Clouds Gathering 2014|
Are we not seeing the consequences of the loss of conscience?—rising foreign and domestic terrorism; widening economic disparity between rich and poor; loss of freedom of religion; persecution of Christians on a global scale; a president ignoring the law of the land? These are signs that a rot is settling into men's souls, a heroin of sinful pride pouring into our nations' veins that attempts to rob the weak and innocent of any and all self respect.
The storm clouds are gathering, but we need not be overcome by the tempest. Let us show how suffering can have meaning when offered to Christ the light Who illumines the souls of men, Christ Who shares our every burden. May our sufferings become prayers poured into the wounds of Christ. Jesus, Who demonstrated that He is master over the elements, will be our safe harbour in the worst storm. We in the Catholic Church, we who are grafted to Jesus, can be certain the Barque of Peter will safely navigate the stormy seas of this world.
Once again, the future of civilization is in the hands of the Catholic Church. This time the challenge will be engaged on a global scale. The community of faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ is the only institution that can stand up to barbarism and stand against hedonism and relativism. In the West, all other ecclesial communities are compromised by a conformity to the spirit of the times. We can best help them by calling them out of ignorance to embrace the Faith of the Apostles.
Let us propose to our despairing countries and a suffering world the timeless message of hope and love, dignity and peace. That is, the life-giving message of Jesus Who gave Himself to save us from sin and death to enjoy eternal life with God.