Fr. Robert Bengry: We Need Courage

A photograph belonging to the Rev. Fr. Robert Bengry. A young cowboy.
This was my Grandpa's favourite horse: Buck. The chaps are Uncle Jack's! Quite cowboy! R. Bengry

In the face of a death peddling, contraceptive culture, we Catholics need to embrace life, but the life we need to embrace is one of persecution and hardship. The faithful must not run from these things but rather embrace them as one’s own cross to bear and lift high. With that said—the life we embrace is also one of joy and freedom. A joy tangible and attractive to those who do not know Christ and a freedom that is profoundly counter-cultural. 

How do these things co-exist?

They co-exist because our joy and freedom are not rooted in a worldliness whereas so much of the suffering in this life is. The persecution and hardship you face come from the powers and principalities that have no real dominion over you. The joy and freedom we experience has a supernatural source and grows in us daily as we renounce and confess our sins, as we resolve to sin no more, and as we partake of the very body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 
    God wants you to find joy and freedom in Him to-day and forever even amongst the thorns and cold and the hurt of life. Persecutions and hardships are a part of the Catholic life. They need not be enemies to a true and an abiding joy and a Christian freedom unknown to so many. — Fr. Robert Bengry

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The photograph: From the Bengry collection — my grandpa!. Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved.