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“The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.”

Last week in the city where I live police fined a seventy-five year old pensioner $750 for praying The Rosary too close to a 400 metre exclusion zone outside an abortion clinic. The government can now tell Catholics where they can and can’t pray. He was not handing out pamphlets, getting in anyone’s face or being a nuisance. He was quietly praying 400 metres from the entrance.

I hope you never have to…but would you be willing to go to prison for your faith? Would you be willing to lose promotions, friends or your future to give witness to Jesus. No one in their right mind would do that for someone who was simply a ‘wise moral teacher.’

We have to get serious about our faith. Not about being pharisees or sanctimonious finger pointers but about seeking to live in a way where our lives count for something. We need to live in a way where our lives will stand against the darkness that surrounds and oppresses so many.

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