Catholic Action

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Catholic Action | 0 comments

Dear friends,

Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Let us go to today’s Gospel a moment:

“You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14) Have we even lit our candle or are we darkness? And recall this is part of the Sermon on the Mount, which is addressed to all. And let us return to the Gospel and the next verse:

“Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.”

To put our light under a bushel is a fire hazard, an eternal fire hazard. No our duty is clear. We must find where the Church is, and then proclaim this publicly to all.

Saint Thomas Aquinas says: “In cases of necessity where faith is in danger, every one is bound to proclaim his faith to others, either to give good example and encouragement to the rest of the faithful, or to check the attacks of unbelievers.” Today is a case of extreme necessity, when we must all join our voices together to proclaim the Faith. We need to encourage each other in the Faith, because it is easy to become discouraged today when we see evil advancing at such a pace. Remember that evil triumphs, when good men do nothing or the wrong thing. We overcome evil by doing good. “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.” (Romans 12:21)

Saint John Chrysostom says: “He who is content with saving himself and neglects the salvation of others cannot secure his own salvation.”

And so let us focus on becoming good our own selves this Lent so that we can join together and proclaim the good news of salvation together later this year.

+Michael pp

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