As I sit here to begin my reflection on what I believe is the crux of Matthew Kelly's argument in Rediscovering Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, I am filled with the knowledge that Pope Benedict XVI, will step down tomorrow, leaving a chasm in my own heart in the heart of Holy Mother church.
The Holy Father chose to step down because Holy Mother church is in crisis and the only way to address this crisis is with the strength and vigor of a knight charging into battle against the enemy, that is evil itself. Pray for such a holy man who would fill these shoes. For the battle is fierce and the stakes are high.
Perhaps this is why Kelly's statement rings with unrelenting clarity right now. He states:
Every time you engage in a self-destructive behavior, the church becomes a- lesser- version- of- herself. And every time you bravely choose to become a- better- version- of- yourself, the church becomes a- better- version- of- herself. (page 50)
We, the church militant, have largely spent the past fifty years (less for some of us) becoming that lesser version through our own self-induced ignorance and by falling prey to the modernist agenda.
I hope, with all of my heart, that Christian Catholics all over the world will pray fervently for a good and just pope who will fight, head on, against evil. We must do our part too. We, the church militant, must become better versions of ourselves. But, how do we achieve this?
Relinquish control to the Holy spirit.
St. Michael, the Archangel
Defend us in battle,
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil,
May God rebuke him,
We humbly pray.
And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host,
By the Divine power of God,
Cast into hell, satan,
And all the other veil spirits,
Who prowl about the world,
Seeking the ruin of souls.