Pope John Paul on Persecution

This brief post calls to mind two statements by Bl. Pope John Paul II which have an apocalyptic tone–sober reading for this weekend’s lessons from the gospel on persecution. Here’s one.

We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ … With your and my prayer it is possible to mitigate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectively renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from blood! This time, too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared, and trust in Christ and His Mother, and be very, very assiduous in praying the Rosary.”   Blessed John Paul II

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