If you are Catholic, and trying to do it (i.e., be Catholic) well, and are paying attention, you probably feeling a little down about all the stuff going on right now. I know I am. I don't have anything really articulate to write. The thing feels to me like a very dense storm cloud, fiercer than normal anti-Church nonsense. It's very incongruous with the weather being so fine outside my window. The cross is not ours to bear alone, though. Please do not give up looking to Jesus, looking to heaven for help.
We should also take comfort in this prophecy of St. Peter, the first pope, who himself came against fierce opposition:
For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Pt 4:17)If you find yourself fazed or perturbed, please remember these words of Teresa of Avila:
Let nothing perturb you,It's going to be OK. Hold fast, pray, enter into the Triduum with your whole heart. Remember Jesus.
nothing frighten you.
All things pass.
God does not change.
Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God
God alone suffices.