Tuesday, October 23

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross. “Now, when He took upon Himself the Cross, all these enemies felt a new and mysterious tremor and weakness, which caused in them great consternation and confused distress.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) As Christ shouldered His cross Satan and his followers watched. They should have been gleeful to say the least. They wanted Him tormented as they were tormented, they wanted a death for Him similar to their own miserable state. They should be happy to see the fruition of their work. But there is no happiness in sin. Only despair, even when a warped desire is fulfilled. Sin separates from God and separated from God there can be no contentment, not even for evil in evil. But there is something more here. They’re afraid as well. They tremble. Something is wrong with their plan but they don’t know what. As weak as Jesus looks as He carries His cross He is stronger than the forces that offered it to Him. Sometimes, as we carry our cross, whatever it may be, we feel assaulted. Burdened by the world or the flesh or the devil or all three. But as Satan watches us carry our cross, even when we fall for a third time, he shakes in his hooves. You see he knows now where this journey leads. It goes beyond the grave all the way to Glory. Because Satan has learned the hard way, even tho we ourselves may forget it at times, this truth about us: “For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in infirmities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.” 2 Corinthians 12:10. Always remember this truth in the carrying of any cross: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4. God gives us the victory and Satan knows this even when the weight of our cross blurs our vision.

Today … St. Paul Tong Buong was an early Vietnamese convert and martyr. He was one of the king’s bodyguard. He helped the Paris Foreign Missions. He was arrested for being a Christian, tortured and beheaded after humiliation at the hands of the authorities who served the king he guarded. He was not disloyal to his king, but there was Another, the King of kings, that he served first and foremost. As we see religious liberty erode in the U.S. we might do well to consider this saints example. We can serve our nation and be loyal. But not at the expense of our relationship with God, Who outranks all governmental authorities.

Also … The Vatican estimates the number of Vietnamese martyrs at somewhere between 130,000 and 300,000. As an aside … The U.S. estimates are future tense and remain to be seen.

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