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Offline An even Seven

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Christians are Born For Combat
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:25:39 PM »
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    Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae: #13. Under such evil circumstances therefore, each one is bound in conscience to watch over himself, taking all means possible to preserve the faith inviolate in the depths of his soul, avoiding all risks, and arming himself on all occasions, especially against the various specious sophisms rife among non-believers. In order to safeguard this virtue of faith in its integrity, We declare it to be very profitable and consistent with the requirements of the time, that each one, according to the measure of his capacity and intelligence, should make a deep study of Christian doctrine, and imbue his mind with as perfect a knowledge as may be of those matters that are interwoven with religion and lie within the range of reason. And as it is necessary that faith should not only abide untarnished in the soul, but should grow with ever painstaking increase, the suppliant and humble entreaty of the apostles ought constantly to be addressed to God: “Increase our faith.”[11]
    14. But in this same matter, touching Christian faith, there are other duties whose exact and religious observance, necessary at all times in the interests of eternal salvation, become more especially so in these our days. Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion, it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping. But, when necessity compels, not those only who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of faith, but, as St. Thomas maintains: “Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.”[12] To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of the faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good. Moreover, want of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions, and by always exerting themselves more strenuously they might reckon upon being successful. After all, no one can be prevented from putting forth that strength of soul which is the characteristic of true Christians, and very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: “Have confidence; I have overcome the world.”[13] Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.

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    Re: Christians are Born For Combat
    « Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 02:38:04 PM »
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    ”[13] Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him,but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.
    Hmm...
    "Lord, have mercy".


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    Re: Christians are Born For Combat
    « Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 04:20:21 PM »
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  • Hmm...
    It's sort of like when mummy says to her small child: would you like to help Mummy to wash up?
    Maybe that child will grow up to be a good washer-uper, and then maybe not, but she gives the child the opportunity and the sense of importance. Then it's up to the child.

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    Re: Christians are Born For Combat
    « Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 06:57:29 PM »
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    ”[13] Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.

    Hmm...
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    It's true. God doesn't need us. God is completely sufficient in Himself with no need of mankind.
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    Re: Christians are Born For Combat
    « Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 07:09:04 PM »
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    ”[13] Nor is there any ground for alleging that Jesus Christ, the Guardian and Champion of the Church, needs not in any manner the help of men. Power certainly is not wanting to Him, but in His loving kindness He would assign to us a share in obtaining and applying the fruits of salvation procured through His grace.

    Hmm...
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    It's true. God doesn't need us. God is completely sufficient in Himself with no need of mankind. 
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    It is man who needs God, and by God's design man needs to cooperate with God's will for his own salvation, which includes working for the conversion of non-Catholics and the salvation of others with the help of God's grace. God could do it all with His own power but for His own reasons has chosen to give us the chance to participate.
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    With the power of God He could convert the whole world in an instant, and that very thing could happen one day. That would be a most conspicuous miracle. But with it would come the requirement for everyone to recognize and appreciate such a great work, for failing to return thanks and appreciation to God for such a prodigy would result in a correspondingly greater punishment in hell forever.
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