A friend recently shared this quote from John Henry Newman:
“The whole course of Christianity…is but one series of troubles and disorders. Every century is like every other, and to those who live in it seems worse than all times before it. The Church is ever ailing…Religion seems ever expiring, schisms dominant, the light of truth dim, its adherents scattered. The cause of Christ is ever in its last agony.”
As we round out one year since the Summer of Shame began, some of us may be thinking that the worst is behind us. We might be “glad that that’s over.” And, we can really get back to normal.
As Newman points out, for Catholics, this is the normal. Christ’s Church is under attack and it always will be. Until Christ comes again.
And, that’s not cause for despair. It’s a call to arms. The past year has exposed rot in our Church. But, I’ve personally witnessed God already bringing good from this purification. And now, it’s our job to keep moving forward. To keep pursuing Christ in our personal lives, doubling down on devotion to Our Lady and the sacraments.
It’s not time to hang up the gloves. It’s time to get back in the ring.