A courageous Bishop Daniel R. Jenky from Peoria, Illinois delivered a powerful homily this weekend at a men’s conference. He called the men of his diocese to stand up and fight for their Faith against the recent demands from the Federal government to violate that Faith. He used the beautiful reading on the Saturday after Easter of the persecution of the Apostles which we have read daily since Easter. They chronicle not only the fantastic growth of the Church but, even more remarkably, how quickly it came under the pressure of authorities.
He does in the homily what all priests and bishops are called to do: organize and order their people against the forces of evil so that the love of Christ may reign in the hearts of men throughout the entire world. But, as St. Paul says, “how can men preach if they are not sent?” Our blessed Lord may be calling some of those who read this very blog to be an outspoken priest like bishop Jenky. Consider the Bishop’s call to win men for Christ. Consider his call to reign over nations for Christ. Consider his call to command the whole universe for Christ.
First prayerfully read and reflect on the first reading from Acts of the Apostles. Reflect on the situation of the Apostles after the Ascension of Jesus: the brutal persecution of the Church, the command of the authorities to obey, and the great power of the Holy spirit moving the Apostles to heroic martyrdom.Then listen or read this powerful homily by Bishop Jenky. In part, it reads:
“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.
In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.
Now things have come to such a pass in America that this is a battle that we could lose, but before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral.
This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down. Because no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the intrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb.”
In the end, he says so poignantly and truly:
Christus Vincit. Christus Regnat. Christus Imperat.
Christ wins. Christ reigns. Christ commands.
May our hearts, through our vocations, continue to enthrone Christ as king. May more priests and religious men and women be sent to serve our beloved Lord.