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Bishop Peter: Time for the Believers to stand up and witness to their faith

In today’s society it is not unusual to hear about the forbidding of the “Our Father” being banned in certain places. Nativity scenes, Crosses and other religious symbols are removed or forbidden.

All this flies in the face of the fact that our culture is Christian, our legal system is Judo-Christian, and our society is based on compassion, tolerance, freedom, service to the poor and care for those who are in need.

Christianity has had its bad or even evil moments in history. It is, however, based on the belief that we can repent, make amends, and forgive. God is with us.  God is in us.

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Many Christians, Catholics have become intimidated by the world they now live in. They may also be driven by concerns over political correctness, or simply do not want to become visible in a hostile environment.

Jesus faced a similar situation when the Pharisees told Jesus to calm down his followers and to tell them to stop yelling about the good news of Jesus’ coming. Jesus looking over the city of Jerusalem, and seeing the moral mess it was in, “wept over it” Luke 19:41. Jesus knew that there was a problem in the world. He was sad. When He entered Jerusalem, the week before He was crucified, the people who knew Him because they heard what He said and saw what He did, began to shout and praise Him laying palm branches before Him. The Pharisees were embarrassed by all this. They told Him to tell the people to stop witnessing and praising Him.

Christianity has had its bad or even evil moments in history.

Jesus said, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” Luke 19:40.There is a lesson in all of this for us. Yes, we live in difficult religious times. The world is ready to crucify or at least ignore Jesus Christ, but, what God has done for us all, is so significant and profound, that we simply cannot just keep quiet.

But perhaps we may not know about this gift from God. There is a solution to that. Learn the catechism which explains God’s Word, do bible studies, learn about our prayer-life and liturgical practices. Let us become informed and explore the faith which has shaped and formed our culture for over a thousand years.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper, June 2018

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