The Cross always threatens Communists – UPDATED

Found Via Deacon Greg:

Government authorities from a district in the Central Highlands last week compelled ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel and replaced them with images of Ho Chi Minh last weekend.

“After local Catholics finished prayers in the chapel on Sunday morning, local government authorities came and asked them to remove a cross and a Marian picture from the chapel,” a Church source said.

The source added that authorities from Kon Thuc hamlet, led by two security officials from Mang Yang district in Gia Lai province, threatened that if villagers did not remove the items from the chapel, their lay leader “would be put in prison.”

Villagers had to carry the cross, Marian picture, altar and tabernacle to the lay leader’s house, the source said.

Authorities then put two pictures of Ho Chi Minh in the places where the cross and Marian picture were.

On the following day, authorities dismantled the bell of the chapel after local Catholics refused to do it. The bell was also taken to the lay leader’s house.

A lay leader said authorities told parishioners that the building was to be used “for village activities, not for worship.”

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Once upon a time, the great city of St. Petersburg found its name changed to Leningrad.

Communists do that; they take a Saint’s name off a city, or replace a cross with a picture of a tyrant.

They start off slowly, of course, in little ways, like in demanding that a cross off a city logo. And as they get away with it, they grow bolder, and bolder.

They must obliterate the cross — or any religious symbol — because it is a constant threat to them, a reminder to people that they are created for something greater than human subjugation; that their birthright is freedom and that their creator is a benevolent being who constantly beckons, even as his creatures are given the choice to love him, serve him, know him or to wholly reject him.

A being so secure that even when we close the door on him, he keeps his open to us, always.

A cross, a statue, a saint’s name — what they communicate is more loaded with transcendent promise than any moment that originates in humanity, and certainly steadier and more faithful to the intention of our ultimate good, than any man, no matter how charismatic, no matter how well-spoken, no matter how well-versed on “policy”.

When I read stories like this out of Vietnam, I recall the wise words of the late Mother Mary Francis, PCC, in her terrific book, The Right to be Merry:

The children of light walk heedless of the source of their light. The children of darkness know better. And when the hour of darkness is at hand in any country, the first act of the powers of evil is invariably to throw the switch. They raze the cloisters. They turn the contemplatives out of their monasteries with loud speeches about the good of the state and about contributing to the social need. [...]

By a strange paradox, the persecutors of religion are always far more spiritual-minded than the common run of humanity. It is a perversion of spirituality, but it is a kind of spiritual vision, nonetheless. One has to be very spiritual-minded to grasp the true meaning of the cloistered contemplative vocation, very convinced of the supernatural values to understand its supreme significance for the universal Church. Those who hold power in communist-dominated countries have a very comprehensive grasp of it. They understand its significance quite perfectly. If they sometimes draw red herrings of “national churches” across their atheistic paths, they dare not deal even in half-measures with cloisters. We shall grow old and die waiting for Russia or (Communist) China to set up “national cloisters.”

There is “nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). But we are always surprised when this stuff occurs, because every generation thinks it knows better than the history that has come before it — and so they forget it. The drive to obtain power and then wield it over others never fades, however. It just changes its clothes and chants something new, until enough people believe it.

And eventually it seems to win.

But it always ends up tumbling before God, and often on the strength of whispered prayers remembered and passed down through the night, or on the pages of a holy book, kept hidden. The humblest of things defeat all that pride.

UPDATE: modern crucifixions?

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  • Victor

    (((The humblest of things defeat all that pride.)))

    So, so true and we don’t for a GOD (Good Old Dad) moment truly know about “IT”.

    For example, “The Cross always threatens Communists” and that will always be true butt, “I” mean but, does “IT” mean that these so called Communists are always bad to the bone? No! “I” don’t think so cause there’s good in everyone, otherwise GOD would not allow them to be among HIS CHILDREN.

    If “I” truly had gone through with my plan to kill myself after I had been sent to a mental hospital for a fort, I mean fourth time for simply having not been able to sleep, I wouldn’t be here NOW!

    Long story short, call me crazy butt, but the majority of my traveling sins left behind could be among some of these so called cruel Communists who only want to check and make sure that these so called human aliens or whom have ya got, that cry, Lord, Lord are really who they claim to be. Remember folks that “Devil” spelled backward is just as powerful as Adam was in GOD’s Garden and if Eve ever listened to this snake in the crass, I could not ever, ever imagine what could have happened if she truly followed backward while waving good bye of her own free Will to Adam.

    “I AM” truly happy and proud to say that GOD is truly with U>S (usual sinners) butt please don’t put me to the test cause we might all be this appointed in the long run so “Run Sampson Run”
    http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/2012/08/cardinal-dolan-discusses-his-decision-to-invite-the-president-to-the-al-smith-dinner/#comments
    if ya get my drift? :)

    Go Figure! :(

    Peace

  • JDC

    “They start off slowly, of course, in little ways, like in demanding that a cross off a city logo. And as they get away with it, they grow bolder, and bolder.”

    You’re conflating two very different things. “Start[ing] off slowly” is the mark of an evolutionary system. The only regimes that have ever claimed power under the banner of communism have been revolutionary in nature. Gradual change towards a given goal is not in the modus; if there is a goal, it is seized immediately.

    St. Petersburg’s name was actually changed to Petrograd well before the October Revolution (Nicholas II presided at the time), and was adjusted to Leningrad years afterwards in commemoration of Lenin’s death. That is, it was not a “flight from” but a “flight to.” We can of course argue the merits and faults of that independently.

    The activities of a revolutionary state are not fit for easy comparison to those of an evolutionary one. The latter moves a little this way, a little that, vacillating until it arrives at something like order; sometimes this group or that group finds a step distasteful, resulting in dialogue and perhaps the future steps in the other direction. It may be a handy rhetorical device to compare Ohio with Vietnam, but in terms of the broader discussion it’s the equivalent of a candy bar; it’s a quick sugar rush with no substance that’ll ultimately crash out on its own.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Manny

    What an outrage. I thought we were beyond this. We need to stop relations with Vietnam immediately. And people are going into a hissy fit at Paul Ryan for one time in his youth idolizing Ayn Rand. How we come to be anti-communists is varied, but we all must come to despise it.

  • conservativemama

    When I visited the Soviet Union as a college student almost 30 years ago our Intourist guide referred to every church we passed as a museum.

    When my cousin and her family finally left Cuba in 1998 they wanted more than anything to marry in the Church. They did.

    I’ve had many students from Vietnam who are Catholic and who are thrilled to worship openly in this country. In fact, they come to school in their Church t-shirts. They tell me that their faith made their lives in Vietnam harder. But their faith is strong.

    Communism cannot abide faith. It’s too strong and the communists know this. Look at what happened when John Paul II visited Poland. His people had never left the Church.

  • Victor

    (((but we all must come to despise it.)))

    Yes Manny, those who live and lived backward should always be kept in honest check and we humans who live to the best of our reality spiritual loving Godly Days should all try to leed the way to the best of our abilities if ya know what me, myself and i mean? :)

    Peace

  • Victor

    (((but we all must come to despise it.)))

    No matter what form “IT” might take.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k_XZKD8304

    God Bless

  • Micha Elyi

    Satanists don’t make a fuss over Wonder Bread and grape juice (I heard that somewhere) and – surprise! – neither do the Communists, apparently.

  • Micha Elyi

    …snake in the crass…
    Victor

    Clever comment on pop culture, Victor.

  • piers quare

    Since these people are SO offended by a Cross, they should remove t and T from all their writings, names and keyboards. Just to be safe they should delete all Xs and Ps too! They should also refuse to cross streets, eyes, hearts, aisles, word puzzles, and out any miswritten words! Now who was it again that said that thing about offended eyes, and what one should do about them? Something about plucking? Can’t remember, but he must have been a very smart man!

  • Victor

    Remember folks that “Devil” spelled backward is just as powerful as Adam was in GOD’s Garden and if Eve ever listened to this snake in the crass, I could not ever, ever imagine what could have happened if she truly followed backward while waving good bye of her own free Will to Adam.
    +++++++++++++++++++++=+++++++

    (((…snake in the crass…
    –Victor
    Clever comment on pop culture, Victor.)))

    +++++++++++++++++++++=+++++++

    What an imagination you have Micha Elyi! Where and how did you ever find the comment pop culture in the UP her, I mean upper sentence that was written about snake in the crass…? :)

    Peace

  • LisaB

    ““Start[ing] off slowly” is the mark of an evolutionary system. The only regimes that have ever claimed power under the banner of communism have been revolutionary in nature. Gradual change towards a given goal is not in the modus; if there is a goal, it is seized immediately.”

    Except when transforming wealthy nations that have a strong middle class; then the Left must be patient and their moves more strategic. A little nudge here, a little nudge there. Some Federal handouts here, a corporate take-over over there. A loosening of the sexual morals here, a tightening of freedoms over there. Excessive public school funding over here, no money left for people to choose Catholic schooling over there. On and on and on… and before the people realize they’ve become a secularized welfare/socialist state on the path to Communism.


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