Thursday, June 28, 2007

What are CUF’s weapons?

I want to conclude here with a remarkable excerpt from Lyman Stebbins, offered in an article in which he exhorted the lay faithful to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as an aid to following Jesus Christ to eternal glory. This excerpt shows what I consider to be the source of our apostolate’s strength in battle:

"It is essential for all of us in CUF to learn—and to keep remembering—that in the eyes of God meekness is not weakness [ ], the exercise of patience is not unmanly, the willingness to suffer for love is not cowardice, submission to constituted authority is not a cop-out."

"Our God is a warrior. He is Lord of the angelic hosts, the great Lion of Judah, the Son of God who ever goes forth to war with His blood-red banner streaming. He appointed St. Peter as His deputy and champion in the great battle. Yet, when St. Peter wielded his sword, Jesus reacted immediately and decisively, commanding him to put the earthly weapon back into its scabbord. Later on, at St. Peter’s formal investiture, the Lord taught him the mysterious and heavenly weapons of the saints: 'Love Me!' and 'Feed My sheep!'

"We of CUF simply must learn and use His weapons; not our own."

May this new blog use well the spiritual weapons of Christ, as we address faith issues honestly and candidly, but always with charity and respect, as together we “support, defend, and advance the efforts of the teaching Church.”