1 Kings 4-6; Acts 2

Acts 2:40 He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

You don’t have to be Nostradamus to see the trends in regards to secular society’s attitude toward Christianity.  What fifty years ago began as pleas for dialogue and tolerance has turned into a striving to eliminate Christian expression in the public square.  Here’s an article from Msgr. Charles Pope that whether you think he’s Chicken Little or perceptive sage, is worthy of reflection:

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/msgr-pope/learn-to-recognize-the-5-stages-of-religious-persecution

I agree that the time of “comfort Catholicism” must end.  Brothers and sisters are dying for the Word in the Middle East and Africa while we worry about being crossed off Christmas card lists. We have to start living the Good News faithfully and joyfully, and then sharing the Good News.  However, don’t have to roam neighbors and knock on doors like Jehovah Witnesses admirably do; we have plenty of work to do in our own families, with people we know and love.  Study your faith – Scripture and the Catechism – so you don’t stare like a deer in the headlights when someone asks you a challenging question.  And this Good News must be shared in a spirit of love and in friendship.  As G. K. Chesterton remarked, there is a difference between an argument and a quarrel; argue, don’t quarrel.  Chesterton would debate atheists George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells, and remain their good friends after the debate was over, because he cared about their souls.

GOD’S ANSWER: Life is a test.  Show up for it.

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