Sunday, July 04, 2010

I was reading Rachel's post about how the Devil used fear in Thomas Merton's life and I remember another great passage from Seven Storey Mountain appropriate for the 4th of July.

The eloquence of this liturgy was even more tremendous: and what it said was one, simple, cogent, tremendous truth: this church, the court of the Queen of Heaven, is the real capital of the country in which we are living. This is the center of all the vitality that is in America. This is the cause and reason why the nation is holding together. These men, hidden in the anonymity of their choir and their white cowls, are doing for their land what no army, no congress, no president could ever do as such: they are winning for it the grace and the protection and the friendship of God.

2 comments:

Rachel Gray said...

I love it!

There's a reason why atheist movements like the French Revolution and the commies in various places did their best to destroy the monasteries. The devil knows how powerful they are.

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Indeed, monasteries provide leaders to the people who resist their perverted world order. Fr. Emil Kapaun was not a monk, he was a diocesan priest and a chaplain in the Army during WWII and Korea, but his experience in Korea was the perfect example of this. He resisted their indoctrination attempts and lead his Soldiers spiritually. When he became ill, they set him off to the side to die.