Defend the truth with love

The attitude of Archbishop Lefebvre on the crisis in the Church:

“We should pray also for the faithful who maintain Tradition that they may always preserve a strong, firm attitude, but not an attitude for contempt for persons, insult to persons, insult to bishops. We have the advantage of possessing the truth – we are not at fault – just as the Church has the superiority over error of having the truth: that superiority is hers. Because we have the conviction that we are upholding the truth, that the truth must make headway, that truth must convince, it is not our person. It is not outbursts of anger, or insults to people, which will give added weight to truth. On the contrary, that could cast doubt upon our possession of the truth. Becoming angry and insulting shows that we do not completely trust in the weight of truth, which is the weight of God Himself. It is in God that we trust, in Truth which is God, which is our Lord Jesus Christ. What can be surer than that? Nothing. And little by little that truth makes, and will make, its way. It must. So let us resolve that in our expressions and attitudes we shall not despise and insult people, but be firm against error – absolutely firm, without compromise, without relaxation, because we are with our Lord. It is a question of our Lord Jesus Christ. The honor of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glory of the Blessed Trinity is at stake, not the infinite glory in heaven, but the glory here below on earth. It is truth; and we defend it at any cost, whatever happens.      ~From the book, A Bishop Speaks, A Talk to the Seminarians in Econe

The error must be condemned, never the person.  The gentle disposition of Archbishop Lefebvre radiates forth from these words, the words of a man who loved the True Catholic Faith with all of his heart. We must defend the Church with love for it is through love that men will know that we are disciples of Christ and children of His Church.

~Damsel of the Faith

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One thought on “Defend the truth with love

  1. pablothemexican

    His Excellency was not warm and fuzzy.

    There are hand to hand combats with Evil he engaged in that you as a woman are not privey to.

    We men wear the Armor of the Faith and fight ruthlessly against those enemies of Our Lord.

    You women just see the pretty stuff.

    Have you heard the July 26th sermon of Bishop Williamson?

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