The Enemy is Within, The Kiss of Judas Iscariot
By Fr. Michael Rodriguez
An excellent exhortation given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez on the crisis within the Church today.There are many who do not believe that there is a real crisis in the Church today, but here is the sad proof. We have everything at stake, and nothing can be taken for granted. No wonder our Lady of Lourdes told Saint Bernadette,”Penance,penance,penance!” Let us take this to heart,and pray without ceasing, because yes, everything is at stake. “As voyagers over the dark, stormy and turbulent seas which have engulfed the Barque of Peter throughout this post-conciliar period in Church history, let us keep our eyes ever fixed on Mary, the Star of the Sea, stella maris. The following paragraph is taken directly from Our Lady Book, compiled by Rev. F. X. Lasance.
She is the Star of Power; when our enemies encompass us for our destruction, respice stellam, voca Mariam, “look on the star, call upon Mary.” She is the Star of Hope; when discouragement takes possession of us at the sight of our own sins and weakness and utter infidelity to God, respice stellam, voca Mariam. She is the Star of Protection; when the soul is, so to speak, submerged in the floods of temptation or trial or sorrow, respice stellam, voca Mariam. She is the Star of Joy and Consolation; when sadness embitters the heart, respice stellam, voca Mariam.” Father Michael Rodriguez