Pope Francis made an important point that should be kept in mind by anyone seeking to grow the seed of authentic Christian faith in the very rocky soil of modern western culture.
In speaking to Scottish seminarians the Holy Father stated that “[w]e too are living in a time of martyrdom, and in the midst of a culture so often hostile to the Gospel. I urge you to have that same selfless spirit as your predecessors did.” While those speaking out against Modernism in the United States are unlikely to to suffer true martyrdom for their faith, it is highly likely they will suffer persecution in such forms as employment discrimination and suppression of religious liberties. However, it is a fight that must be fought and won. Take courage and remember those who, even today, are being killed for their faith.
Pray for the intercession of these martyrs that we may take courage in the battle ahead.