This Too Shall Pass

I have been trying to come up with an analogy that fits properly with the latest attack on Holy Mother Church and the Holy Father. I came up with this: picture, if you will, a large majestic ship gliding effortlessly through the ocean water with her hull littered with ugly, hard barnacles clinging to her for dear life. The Church has shaken off many nuisances in the past 20 centuries – She has her mission and the American media will not deter Her.
Maybe we can apply this thinking to our own lives and mission(s) as Catholics in the 21st century. If we are authentic disciples of Jesus Christ,
we will live our lives in such a way that the spirit of the world will not be able to sway us or tempt us. After all, it is easier to be a follower than it is to be a disciple. A disciple goes the distance in the midst of trial, tribulation and even persecution. A follower might turn and run at the first sign of trouble. Many Catholics feel that we are entering, or have entered, a time of great chastisement and purification – our society seems to be spinning out of control. Our response must be the response of a disciple – intensify the effort to be holy, live the ascetic life and perform the duties of our state in life. Many problems can be eliminated by living our lives with eternity in mind – when that is the focus, everything else is seen for what it is – vanity.
A holy priest once said in a homily that vanity is not just what we do in the bathroom mirror – it is anything that is not concerned with eternity and the destiny of our eternal souls.
A snippet from Zig Ziglar: if you dress up, you GO up. More on dressing later.
May God bless us and Mary keep us.