Monday, February 03, 2014
"As Lent draws near, let’s remember that when Jesus calls us to follow him and engage in the work of evangelization, he does not promise palpable success. On the contrary, he assures us that “all will hate you on my account,” that our efforts will all be molded in the mystery of the cross, and that consequently, the “mystery of iniquity” resists Christian goodness. We will struggle on a daily basis with our own inadequacies, sinfulness, and many apparent failures in his service.
Jesus does not promise that we will actually see the promised land of a more thoroughly Christianized culture. The important thing today and always will not be the apparent 'victory,' but the intensity of our love — genuine Christian agape love — with which we engage the world one heart and one mind at a time."
~ Fr. Thomas Berg, priest in the Archdiocese of New York and professor of moral theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie). excerpted from Legatus.