"Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." Matthew 5:11
Blessed days are truly falling, heavily, upon the American Catholic/Christian.
Once a respected member of society, a member of a society reasonably comfortable with its Judaeo-Christian roots, the American Catholic (at least the Catholic who is not in touch with his, or her, cafeteria deficiencies) is now a Pro-Life outcast in a culture immersed in its romance with death; the American Catholic is now a traditional-marriage-and-family-outlaw in a culture bathed in the re-education of society in the normalization of homosexuality, and the redefinition of morals and ethics, socialist-secularist style; and, finally, the American Catholic is now the barbarian at the gate, the outcast, the outlaw, the outsider, seeking to raid America with the grace to save her soul.
Paradoxically, in view of the victorious defeat of the Cross, Jesus Christ would have it no other Way.
"‘Send someone to Joppa and summon Simon, who is called Peter, who will speak words to you by which you and all your household will be saved.’" Acts 11:1-18
Oprah speaks of multiculturalism and preaches New Age spirituality. Barack Hussein Obama speaks of redistribution of wealth and promises a secular utopia. The 'nuns on the bus' preach social justice, and teach women's rights through abortion. The main stream media preaches the evils of Judaeo-Christianity and illuminates the masses of the new American sins of homophobia and Islamophobia. Popular culture preaches promiscuity and immediate gratification. Catholic progressives, and sheepishly silent bishops, preach the Jesus of social justice, while remaining eerily silent as the new Rome burns.
But the Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, preaches Life, traditional family, marriage (solely between a man and a woman), and the Truth of Jesus Christ, soup to nuts, Incarnation to Resurrection, from unchanging dogma to unchaining morality, through the Cross, obliterating Political Correctness, even if it means dying on the Cross.
For the defeat of the Cross is Victory! The blood of the martyr is 'seed.'
"Athirst is my soul for God, the living God. When shall I go and behold the face of God?" Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4
As our society becomes increasing secular, and increasingly hostile to the Catholic/Christian, not to mention the patriot of any, or, no faith at all, the faithful few, who remain thirsty for the face of God, will find themselves in a social ghetto.
The early Christians (Catholics, if you are historically honest and unbiased) hid, survived, and thrived, in catacombs. Christ Himself, slept with his head on a rock many a night. But this should be pure joy! For a fat and happy Catholic is no danger to the progressive-popular-perverse society.
But starve him, or her, persecute them, nail them to a holy tree...and they shall Rise!
'I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.'" John 10:11-18
Jesus said it. It has happened. It is happening. It will continue to happen.
Hired hands, fat and happy Catholics-for-profit, cafeteria people pleasers have, are, and will, sell us to the wolves for personal gain. Catholics will be subservient slaves to Radical Moslems, secular progressives, Pro-Choicers, militant homosexual groups, radical feminists, illegal immigrant drug cartels, Socialist Euro-trash, or the new atheist.
Or, they will embrace their new identity, in solidarity with the rejected Christ, and centuries of Christian martyrs, and boldly evangelize as outcasts, outlaws, and barbarians at the gate.