We profess in the Nicene Creed of the Church each Sunday: “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.” “But are we,” wrote then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “really expecting this resurrection? And eternal life?”
Turn the other cheek? Offer no resistance to one who is evil? What do these commands of our Lord Jesus Christ mean? And how are they tied to holiness and the virtue of charity?
The modern attack on the Church is perpetrated by Satan, whose deception and trickery is fooling people into thinking the Church is herself a source of evil in the world.
In our trial on the Earth, prayer serves to educate man into the adoration due to God and the love of his fellow brothers. It has a transformative effect on man, uniting him to God and assisting him in living a life of charity in support of the common good.
The Catholic Church is undergoing a trial of faith that seems to put to the fore a tendency by some of its members toward an openness to the spirit of the world, resulting in the virtue of religion’s corruption.