As we look forward to Ash Wednesday – which falls on Wednesday this year – oops, I mean, March 1st – we look at how LOVE engages Hate in the war for our souls and the rules of our own engagement with the Enemy. If you don’t think you have a soul or any need to engage in ‘warfare’ you need read no further! It was a saintly priest who so clearly set forth the path for the Christian.
Blessed John Henry Newman wrote in one of his sermons (#162 Sermons bearing on Subjects of the Day):
“Such is the rule of our warfare. We advance by yielding; we rise by falling; we conquer by suffering; we persuade by silence; we become rich by bountifulness; we inherit the earth through meekness; we gain comfort through mourning; we earn glory by penitence and prayer. Heaven and earth shall sooner fall than this rule be reversed; it is the law of Christ’s kingdom: and nothing can reverse it but sin.”