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Whatsoever is Holy on Thursday in the 30th Week of Ordinary Time

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“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness…”

I am in a struggle. In the United States right now and even in many of our families, there is a struggle. Most of the time, I feel like there are some who are talking about me, criticizing me, indirectly putting me down.

It sure feels like a struggle with flesh and blood.

But it isn’t. The brevity of life should tell us that at least. I won’t live more than thirty more years. Some have far less. Heck… I may have far less than that.

So, really, it isn’t about flesh and blood. That has a shelf life.

But Truth does not.

And the power that rises against Truth is capitalizing on this present moment to exert a present darkness.

“Now” is all the darkness has.

When we are beyond this time and place and all that remains is who we were and what we did, the darkness will have lost its power.

The struggle is real.

Evil.

A war on faith. Family. Life. God. Holiness. Seeking sainthood.

There are little hints everywhere to shut our mouths. Speaking up for the things that matter most, that gets us into trouble. We are quietly and not-so-quietly reprimanded.

Play nice.

Agree to disagree.

Anything less is immature and disrespectful.

Bite your tongue.

Oh, but I cannot, for today’s first reading goes on to say…

“To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must.”

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