my highlighter dried up

“Despite the violence of the attacks that she may suffer,
the Chruch will not die. This is the Lord’s promise,
and His word is infallible.”
…theologians amuse themselves by deconstructing dogmas and emptying morality
of its profound meaning
Relativism is the mask Judas disguised as an intellectual.

Robert Cardinal Sarah


(morning skies / Rosemary Beach, FL / Julie Cook / 2019)

Here are a few more gems gleaned from Cardinal Sarah and his latest book,
The Day Is Now Far Spent.

I shared with you the other day that I had practically highlighted the entire first
two pages of his introduction and since then, the highlighter I was using has run dry.

The following snippets offer some very powerful words…words offered to
to the collective body of Christian believers who are finding themselves bewildered by the
attacks taking place on the bride of Christ, that being his Church.

Cardinal Sarah shares…
This book is the cry of my soul!
It is a cry of love for God and for my brethren.
I owe to you, to you Christians, the only truth that saves.
The Chruch is dying because her pastors are afraid to speak in all truth and clarity.
We are afraid of the media,
afraid of public opinion,
afraid of our own brethren!
The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.

Today, in these pages, I offer you what is at the heart of my life:
faith in God.

In a little while, I will appear before the eternal Judge.
If I do not hand on to you the truth that I received, what will I say to him then?
We bishops ought to tremble at the thought of our guilty silences,
our complicit silences, our over-indulging silences in dealing with the world.

Christians are trembling, wavering, doubting.
I want this book to be for them.
To tell them: do not doubt!
Hold fast to doctrine.
Hold fast to prayer!
I want this book to strengthen faithful Christians and priests.

Cardinal Sarah has likened our current time to the mystery of Judas.
The mystery of betrayal.
He tells us that “The mystery of Judas, the mystery of betrayal, is a subtle poison.
The devil seeks to make us doubt the Church.
He wants us to regard her as a human organization in crisis.
However, she is so much more
than that: she is the continuation of Christ.
The devil drives us to division and schism.
He wants to make us believe that the Chruch has betrayed us.
But the Church does not betray.
The Chruch, full of sinners, is herself without sin!
There will always be enough light in her for those who seek God.

Judas is for all of eternity the traitor’s name, and his shadow hangs over us today.
Yes, like him, we have betrayed!
We have abandoned prayer.
The evil of efficient activism has infiltrated everywhere.
We seek to imitate the organization of big businesses.
We forget that prayer alone is the blood that can course through the heart of the Chruch.
We say that we have no time to waste.
We want to use this time for useful social works.
Someone who no longer prays has already betrayed.
Already he is willing to make all sorts of compromises with the world.
He is walking on the path of Judas.

I will leave us today with one last thought offered by Cardinal Sarah.
One last thought that we must all ruminate over…that of our purpose as believes in Christ.

Do we Christians, priests, bishops have some reason for existing other than to stand before
God and to lead others to him?
It is time to teach this!
It is time to put it into practice!
The one who prays is saved, the one who does not pray is damned, St Alphonsus said.
I want to insist on this point,
because a church that does not have a prayer as its most precious treasure is headed for ruin.
If we do not rediscover the meaning of long, patient vigils with the Lord, we will betray him.
The apostles did this: Do we think we are better than they were?

11 comments on “my highlighter dried up

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.

  2. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Don’t know Robert Cardinal Sarah. Since there are so many books to choose from, I probably won’t get around to his book. Still, I think about that last quote.

    “Do we Christians, priests, bishops have some reason for existing other than to stand before
    God and to lead others to him?
    It is time to teach this!
    It is time to put it into practice!
    The one who prays is saved, the one who does not pray is damned, St Alphonsus said.
    I want to insist on this point,….”

    We are born to die, but where do we go from death? How do we escape death unless we accept God’s promise and obey Him? Yet what are we teaching each other? What are we teaching our children?

    • Thank you Tom for sharing this. I was pretty much stopped in my tracks when I read those words as it is saying to me that really my entire life’s purpose is to be a signpost, a polestar and if I am not- then my life is in vain.
      It’s a grab you by the collar sort of startling revelation

  3. Tom, Cookie

    Thanks for the link to Cookie’s Post.
    It seems a lot of people are thinking about the power of prayer lately. Yesterday I wrote a post about prayer and in the afternoon saw the move Breakthrough” based on a true story.

    Recommend everyone who either believes or does not believe in prayer see the movie.

    After see the movie and reading the news today, I wrote a second post about prayer.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  5. Dawn Marie says:

    Having a wonderful morning catching up with my Reader & all my favorite blog-sites, on a rainy day. Your posts continue to speak to my heart Julie…this one in particular. So much so that I just reblogged on my own site. Thank you for all the time you take to pull us gently towards the ‘right path’ and to remind those of us who seek to remain on it, we are not alone! Hugs and Blessings!

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