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The witness of the Lob Family Martyrs for today

Sunday, September 04, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
There is a wonderful biography of the Lob family who were all martyred. I think it is a beautiful account of real faith in Christ in action that we today must remember and draw from. I have placed a link for the biography of the Lob family and I really suggest that you read it and then as you reflect on the readings for Sunday's Mass (September 4, 2005) then reflect on how each of us are called by God to proclaim His Love, Mercy and Truth. We must not shy away regardless of the public opinion polls of the day or even persecution to the point of death from that proclamation of Love and Truth. My question is are we all (myself included) willing to lay down our lives for that Love and Truth of God. My prayer for us all is that we draw strength from the accounts of the Lob family and especially from the Crucified and Risen Jesus Christ truly present in the Holy Eucharist and go out into the world and be not afraid to offer all for Christ regardless of the day or hour or the cost.
Robert, Georg, Ernst, Wies, Lein, Dora and Hans Lob pray for us all and lead us all to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Amen.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"We now have arrived at the heart of the matter. Where contents no longer count, where pure praxeology takes over, technique becomes the highest criterion. This means, though, that power becomes the preeminent category whether revolutionary or reactionary. This is precisely the distorted form of being like God of which the account of the fall speaks. The way of mere technical skill, the way of sheer power, is imitation of an idol and not expression of one's being made in the image and likeness of God. What characterizes man as man is not that he asks about the "can" but about the "should" and that he opens himself to the voice and demands of truth. It seems to me that this was the final meaning of the Socratic search and it is the profoundest element in the witness of all martyrs. They attest to the fact that man's capacity for truth is a limit on all power and a guarantee of man's likeness to God. It is precisely in this way that the martyrs are the great witnesses of conscience, of that capability given to man to perceive the "should" beyond the "can" and thereby render possible real progress, real ascent." + Joseph Cardinal Ratzsinger now gloriously reigning as His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, 1991.
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