Over at the National Catholic Register, Matthew Archbold has this sobering observation:
Preparing my Children for Martyrdom
I was looking at my children in Mass yesterday and a horrifying thought occurred to me. If I do my job well as a parent, my children may end up persecuted and/or in jail. That may be the best I can hope for at this point in 21st century America.
I prayed that their faith would be strong enough to resist a pro-death culture, a secular academia, an antagonistic media, and the pressure of a government out to separate faith from action.
Secularism isn’t just on the march, it’s positively doing a jig.
I’m not talking about troubled times ahead for my grandchildren’s children in some possible future. I’m talking about my kids. So revolutionary have been the recent changes in America that defending life, liberty, and the pursuit of holiness could very well lead to persecution in the very near future.
Are you in doubt?
In recent years:
You parents with children at home… what do you think of this?
I have often mentioned that we should all take care to be at least minimally prepared to make a move if we have to. I have also mentioned that I have been trying to get my head into a mental place wherein I may be able to deal with the circumstances of… well… let’s just say… being hunted down. While that may be the dimmest view of what is around the corner, I can’t help but think that things are -at the very least – changing really fast, and not in a good way. Life as we know it is … not really as we knew it. Is it?
And so, the question of martyrdom looms.
Each of us may be called on to give witness that brings suffering.