H/T: Father John Corapi
In this week’s episode of “Weekly Wisdom” Fr. Corapi speaks about the mercy of God and the necessity of receiving that mercy and dispensing that mercy to others. The essential prerequisite of trust, “the vessel with which we are enabled to carry away mercy and grace” as well as humility and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy are considered.
At a time when Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular are under violent attack from a perversely secularized government and social climate, we must not be timid and defensive. Recalling the words spoken by General Norm Cota on thebeaches of Normandy to the American forces being shredded by enemy machine gun fire and artillery, the General asked what unit this was. Someone responded, “Fifth Ranger Battalion, Sir.” The General roared, “Well, Rangers, lead the way!”
Christians, you are pinned down on the beaches of life in an immoral world. Catholics, lead the way! The day may seem dark and perilous and you may be fearful of “dying” at the hands of the enemy on the beaches of social immorality. As the General said, “We are dying on the beaches. Let’s go inland and die there!” Charge the enemy gun positions, don’t retreat. Surrender is not an option. Catholics, lead the way! If God is for you, who can be against you! Immerse yourself in the mercy of Jesus, take a deep breath, and charge the enemy. Make a frontal assault on the very gates of hell. We’re outnumbered, but we already know the ultimate outcome of the war-We win through, with, and in the mercy of Jesus Christ.
Fr. John Corapi