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The real cost of discipleship...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe pray for us and lead us all to Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
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Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
The 1st Reading for this Wednesday's Holy Mass is especially powerful to me and should be to each of us. I remember reading from Cardinal Newman (I am reading a lot of his stuff lately) "if the world does not persecute, it is because she (the Church) does not preach". I think that phrase applies also to the individual Christian also. We should draw courage from the first Mass reading today to endure all for Christ and proclaim The Truth and The Life to the world regardless of the costs. We don't give up until we make it to the Eternal Banquet until then we bring Christ to the world for the sake of souls. That is alas the most important reality of all.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both." + Saint Maximilain Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
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"Only a man thus totally committed in discipleship can experience the meaning of the cross. The cross is there, right from he beginning, he has only got to pick it up there is no need for him to go out and look for a cross for himself... Every Christian has his own cross waiting for him, a cross destined and appointed by God. Each must endure his allotted share of suffering and rejection.
But each has a different share: some God deems worthy of the highest form of suffering, and given them the grace of martyrdom, while others He does not allow to be tempted above that they are able to bear... .
The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. ... we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death- we give over our lives to death. ... When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. ..death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man [or nature] at his call. Jesus' summons to the rich young man was calling him to die, because only the man who is dead to his own will can follow Christ. In fact, every command of Jesus is a call to die, with all our affections and lusts. But we do not want to die...
The call to discipleship... means both death and life... [It] sets the Christian in the middle of the daily arena against sin and the devil. Every day he encounters new temptations, and every day he must suffer anew for Jesus Christ's sake. The wounds and scars he receives in the fray are living tokens of this participation in the cross of his Lord."
+ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Christian Martyr (also visit here for more information on him.)
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