Thursday, May 15, 2014

Persecution Now Comes from Within the Church

Christians have always been persecuted. In the early years of the Church, they were beheaded, thrown to the lions, drawn and quartered, stabbed through the heart and boiled in oil. There is a Catholic saying that "the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church." Following the first centuries of persecution, the faith became stronger and Christianity spread.

Now, we are in very different times. At least in the Western world, faithful followers of Christ are not in any physical danger. However, we face very grave spiritual dangers. Living in a world that's entirely secular, God is put aside in favor of sporting events held on Sunday mornings, in addition to a multitude of other distractions. Trying to remain faithful in this world is not easy. Oftentimes, it seems as if we're the only ones in our entire extended families doing so. Also, we may have young children and we want to pass along our beliefs. In order to do this, we seek out a holy refuge, or at least we try.

Unfortunately, there are very of these around. So we hunker down in what seems like a prayerful, peaceful place, only to find that in some ways, it is even more disorderly than the outside world.

Right now, persecution of the faithful is coming from within the Church, and from the inside, rather than the outside of various religious settings. This is a very difficult situation, because we desperately need a familiar and comfortable place to pray. What happens when we get driven out of a parish? Where do we go? There aren't many alternatives.

Do we return to the world? No, that's not something we can't do. We still have to persevere, in spite of everything. We have to pick up our cross and follow Christ. He'll lead us to safety.

For a discussion on female malignant narcissists, please read my Female Bullies blog.

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