Perhaps many of us are still shocked over America's choice to re-elect President Obama. I still can't believe it. I can't believe America would willingly chose the agenda that he and his administration are implementing . But now we have made our bed and we will get to lie in it. All of us. It breaks my heart more than I can even describe.
Life will not be easy. Difficult times are ahead of us, my dear brothers and sisters. Nothing will be the same.
In the words of Thomas Paine written December 23rd, 1776:
THESE are the times that try men's souls.
The summer soldier and the
sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their
country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of
man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have
this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more
glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:
it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
Heaven knows how
to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if
so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right
(not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being
bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as
slavery upon earth.
Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a
power can belong only to God.
God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave
them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly
sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which
wisdom could invent.
In the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after
ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with
fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces
collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc.
Would that heaven might
inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair
fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! Yet panics, in some cases,
have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is
always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer
habit than before.
But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the
touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to
light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact,
they have the same effect on secret traitors, which an imaginary
apparition would have upon a private murderer.
They sift out the hidden
thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world.
For though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.
Those words are so powerful--written by Thomas Paine on a cold day when defeat seemed certain and hope seemed lost.
Yet, in all of what is happening and what is to come, God does not abandon us. Our Blessed Mother does not abandon us. God has a plan in all of this and darkness never wins.
We must be faithful to Him no matter what the cost. Let us pray for the grace of courage and fidelity. Let us pray and pray some more.
Let us choose Him.
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