From Catholic World Report
By Roy Peachey
The “best preparation for a better future,” wrote Fr Werenfried van Straaten, “is to rise again with Christ to a life of goodness, mercy, pity, helpfulness and true love; and this, together with all men of good will.”
I once had to speak to a meeting which was attended by 600 working-class women, and I had been allotted a speaking time of ten minutes. And I talked for twenty minutes. And the lady who was in the chair, a very distinguished lady, was getting nervous. But I was talking and I didn’t stop. And when I had finished, a woman shouted: ‘Let’s have a collection.’ But the lady who held the chair said: ‘Not now, first we have other speakers.’ Two or three other women protested and they said: ‘No, the father should hold his collection now, he should strike while the iron is hot.’ Then I thought to myself: this is the right moment! I took the hat of the lady, a hat with a little feather – a nice hat – and I said: ‘I will hold the collection myself, and if two or three are willing to help me, we’ll be finished in five minutes.’ And I was off right away. We did finish within five minutes. I got 40,000 francs – 300 pounds! – from 600 working-class women. The little feather was broken, it is true, but I had 40,000 francs.
The great danger lies in the possibility that in our superficiality and false peace, we neglect to strengthen the spiritual defences of the Church, that we deprive our persecuted brethren of the spiritual, moral and material support they have a right to expect from us.
What follows after Communism cannot be simply annexed by the Church. Those who have gone through the melting pot of this system cannot be incorporated into the old Mother Church by a mere quantitative increase. First we must improve our quality. Millions of rebels in Eastern Europe have inwardly conquered Marxism. We can only be united with them in truth if we can overcome our materialism.