“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.” James 4:7-9
I totally get why Protestants don’t like James since he’s all “works and faith, duh”. But man, I love James.
That’s not what I’m going to write about, I just wanted to put that out there.
Something that blows my mind is that people don’t believe in the devil. They don’t believe in his tricks, his twists, his lies, his schemes, his demons. And another thing, they don’t want to believe in him.
Now, I realize that sounds weird. Caitlin, you want people to want to believe in the devil?
Promise me you will take two minutes to read the whole quote. I know it’s long. It’s Lent so put on your big person pants and hunker down.
“If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hated. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world. Look for the Church that is hated by the world as Christ was hated by the world. Look for the Church that is accused of being behind the times, as our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned. Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth. Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils. Look for the Church which, in seasons of bigotry, men say must be destroyed in the name of God as men crucified Christ and thought they had done a service to God. Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because He called Himself the Truth. Look for the Church which is rejected by the world as Our Lord was rejected by men. Look for the Church which amid the confusions of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its Voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly it is other worldly. since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. But only that which is Divine can be infinitely hated and infinitely loved. Therefore the Church is Divine.”
He (obviously) is so right.
What makes Catholicism so awesome? EVERYTHING. But the fact that there is an entire army fighting against us makes it even more legit.
Bilbo Baggins entrust Frodo with the one Ring. Gandalf comes to aid Frodo in his journey to Mt. Doom. So they set off…and no one tries to stop them.
No orcs, no Ring Wraiths, no greedy humans, nada, zilch. How freakin’ boring would that be?
Harry Potter? No Voldemort.
Aslan and his human comrades? No White Witch.
USA Miracle hockey team without the jacked-up Soviets? Lame.
A bunch of flawed children of God striving for Heaven without an army of demons bend on their eternal damnation? Not worth it.
Maybe it’s the nerd in me but stories are exciting when the protagonist is pitted against a deadly, cunning, and down right evil villain.
Who are the bad guys to atheists? Religious folk. I mean, we are scary but nothing compared to pissed off fallen angels with all of eternity to plot out our demise.
Fr. Mike Schmitz of UMD has an incredible homily about being children of light and our battle with the Prince of Darkness. I highly recommend listening to it, and then listening to all of his homilies.
Best news ever?
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of hell shall not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18
So get up everyone morning remembering that the Sign of the Cross makes demons tremble (St. Ireneaus), that every knee must bend at the name of Jesus, and that we are children of the light.
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