And yes, I am referring to suffering that goes hand-in-hand with these ever darkening times that we are experiencing in our country today.
My momma reminded me that we raise our children to be martyrs.
Many of us will not meet a red martyrdom (a physical death), but I think the majority of us Christians, & especially Catholics, in America are facing a white martyrdom (persecution without death).
I fear that America is changing and not for the better.
A good friend of mine has reminded me that WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN.
Such a consolation. I never want my children to forget that. This world is not our home.
"If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don’t belong to the world. I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you. Remember how I told you that servants are not greater than their master. So if people mistreat me, they will mistreat you. If they do what I say, they will do what you say. People will do to you exactly what they did to me. They will do it because you belong to me, and they don’t know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Everyone who hates me also hates my Father. I have done things that no one else has ever done. If they had not seen me do these things, they would not be guilty. But they did see me do these things, and they still hate me and my Father too. That is why the Scriptures are true when they say, 'People hated me for no reason.' I will send you the Spirit who comes from the Father and shows what is true.
The Spirit will help you and will tell you about me. Then you will also tell others about me, because you have been with me from the beginning."
- John 15:18-27
Onward Christian soldiers! Our reward does not lie on this side of the veil.
Dear St. Ignatius of Antioch (110 A.D.) shouts out:
"May I enjoy the wild beasts that are prepared for me. I pray that they would be found eager to rush at me, and I will also entice them to devour me speedily and not deal with me as some, whom out of fear they have not touched. If they are unwilling to assail me, I will compel them to do so.
Pardon me; I know what is to my benefit. Now I begin to be a disciple. Let no one, of things visible or invisible, prevent me from attaining to Jesus Christ.
Let fire and the cross; let wild beasts; let tearings, breakings, and dislocation of bones; let cutting off of limbs; let shatterings of the whole body; and let all the evil torments of the devil come upon me; only let me attain to Jesus Christ."
This encourages me to be EAGER about the battle that rages!
I will keep praying every day for my country and president.
I will be diligent in raising my children to face the giants of the enemy.
I will hope for the day when darkness is defeated once and for all.
... and HE is gonna win!