April 13, 2014

What Are You Prepared To Do?

St. Louis Crusade has put meaning to what has always eluded me, to some degree: why I am so "comfortable" (if such is the correct word) in resisting the Mother of our children, her divorce, her methodology, her actions - especially as they concern our children, let alone myself. This resistance more resembles the bloody 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae than the bloodless 1938 Munich Agreement, as almost the entirety of our children (all teens and older) have been desensitized to the errors inherent from the beginning, and if not outright supportive of the actions, at least offer little resistance. None of the above alters one iota of my Love for our kids, for this is what parents do, or their Mother (despite her re-marriage after annulment) - but it simply increases my obstinacy on the children's behalf (their Mother is now outside of my control, obviously). Because - and this is key - they. do. not. understand. But I do and cannot walk away...despite my own personal contributions to this mess, which were many, but still should not have reached this critical level. 

So, my Dear Catholic Spouses who think divorce is the answer, are you prepared for all this? Are you prepared for one of you to "stand and deliver" the Truth to your children - and/or to your spouse? Are you prepared to weep at the foot of the Cross, standing next to Our Lady and the other Holy Women, while your spouse and family flee from the Truth? Are you prepared to defend your marriage, your vocation, your family, even if the Catholic Church, your spouse and your children are seemingly against you? Are you prepared to remain Faithful to your vows, marriage and family? What are you prepared to do? 

If you can - or will - answer "what I must", then read what Dom Gueranger has to say about the one thing that will sustain you in your battles - Fortitude. Like it has for me, you will find it has always been there but has remained hidden from your comprehension, has been something you have continually prayed for and most importantly - something you are Most Thankful for when that dawn of comprehension breaks upon you and you realize Who - and what - are supporting you.

The relevant passages are below. Please follow the link to the entire post at St. Louis Crusade.

How Fortitude Helps Us Do What Is Right – Even When Unpopular
by Dom Prosper Gueranger
A Commentary on Fortitude

"There are times, when the Holy Spirit requires from a Christian something beyond interior resistance of the enemies of his soul: he must make an outward protestation against error and evil, as often as position or duty demands it.

On such occasions, he must bear to become unpopular, and console himself with the words of the apostle: “If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10) But the Holy Ghost will be on his side; and finding him resolute in using His gift of fortitude, not only will He give him a final triumph, but He generally blesses that soul with a sweet and courageous peace, which is the result and recompense of a duty fulfilled.

Thus does the Holy Ghost apply the gift of fortitude, when there is a question of a Christian’s making resistance. But, as we have already said, He imparts also the energy necessary for bearing up against the trials, which all must go through who would save their souls. There are certain fears, which damp our courage, and expose us to defeat. The gift of fortitude dispels them, and braces us with such a peaceful confidence, that we ourselves are surprised at the change..."

Follow the link above to read the entire post or click here.

If you want a modern, literal translation of all the above, then watch this clip from The Untouchables, as Malone lay dying and with his last breath, looks Ness (you) square in the eye:

(UPDATED with video clip: Figured out the embed problem.)

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