We must always remember that Our Lord only promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail, not that the Church would not suffer persecution. Remember, too, that St Jerome said, “The whole world groaned and was amazed to find itself Arian.”
From One Peter Five
By R. Thornton
Editor’s note: as a follow up to “It’s Time to Occupy the Churches” and “Catholic Fathers: a Call to Arms,” we present this excerpt from R. Thornton, St. Ambrose: His Life, Times, and Teachings (1897), (public domain). Right now we are attacked by Marxist governments from without the Church and heretics from within. Yet Christ will vindicate us and convert our enemies: I will not fear thousands of the people surrounding me: arise, O Lord; save me, O my God (Ps. iii. 7). Let us obey the command of the Blessed Apostle: brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle (II Thess. ii. 14). We all must fight for our inheritance and for our children. To the heretics who hate the Latin Mass and would take our churches away, let us say what St. Ambrose says below: “The Lord forbid it me that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” We will never stop. And we will prevail by God, or die trying.
Dispute with Auxentius
|Christ appearing to Saint Peter on the Appian Way |
by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)