3 Components Necessary to Win the Battle for America’s Soul

For in the End: It’s “God or Nothing.”

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s Keynote Speech at the 12th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Tue May 17, 2016

Cardinal Robert Sarah

Before such a distinguished gathering, I offer three humble suggestions.

  1. First: Be prophetic. The Book of Proverbs tells us: “Where there is no vision, discernment, the people perish” (29, 18). Discern carefully – in your lives, your homes, your workplaces – how, in your nation, God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated. Blessed Paul VI saw that in 1968 when, for the Church, he so courageously wrote Humanae Vitae. What are the threats to Christian identity and the family today? ISIS, the growing influence of China, the colonization of ideologies such as gender? How do we react?
  1. Be faithful. This is my second suggestion. Specifically for you, as men and women called to influence even the political sphere you have a mission of bringing Divine Revelation to bear in the lives of your fellow citizens. Uphold the wise principles of your founding fathers. Do not be afraid to proclaim the truth with love, especially about marriage according to God’s plan, just as courageously as Saint John the Baptist, who risked his life to proclaim the truth. The battle to preserve the roots of mankind is perhaps the greatest challenge that our world has faced since its origins.[i] In the words of Saint Catherine of Siena: “Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”
  1. Third: Pray. Sometimes, in front of happenings in the world, our nation or even the Church, the results of our prayer might tempt us to become discouraged. Like Sisyphus in the Greek myth: condemned to roll a large boulder uphill, only to see it roll down again as soon as he had reached the top. Pope Benedict XVI inDeus Caritas Est  encourages us : “People who pray are not wasting their time, even though the situation appears desperate and seems to call for action alone.”[ii]

Whether in doctrine or morality or everyday decisions, the heart of prayer is to discern God’s will. This can only happen in prolonged moments of silence where, like Elijah before the horrendous threats of Queen Jezebel, we allow the “gentle breeze” of God to enlighten us and confirm us along our journey to do God’s will. Such was the virginal silence of the Blessed Mother. At a marriage, the wedding feast of Cana, when for a new family “they have no wine,” Mary our Mother trusted in the grace given by Jesus to bestow the joy of love overflowing – Amoris Lætitia. She pronounced her very last words, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2: 1-12). Then she remained silent.

The Battle for America’s Soul

Be prophetic, Be faithful. Pray. That is why I came to this prayer breakfast. To encourage you. Be prophetic, Be faithful. And, above all, pray. These three suggestions make present that the battle for the soul of America, and the soul of the world, is primarily spiritual. They show that the battle is fought firstly with our own conversion to God’s will every day.

And so I wholly welcome this initiative, and join you in prayer that this great country may experience a new great “spiritual awakening”, and help stem the tide of evil that is spreading in the world. I am confident that your efforts will no doubt contribute to protecting human life, strengthening the family, and safeguarding religious freedom not only here in these United States, but everywhere in the world.

For in the end: it is “God or nothing.”
(My emphasis)

[i] Robert Cardinal Sarah, ibid, 166.

[ii] Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical Deus Caritas Est (25 December 2006), 36.

Hat tip: The War Our Time.

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3 comments to 3 Components Necessary to Win the Battle for America’s Soul

  • Alma R. Haverkamp

    Thank you for this bountiful blessing.

  • Br. Christopher

    In a remark above Thomas accuses the church of attacking homosexuals. Since I personally minister to homosexual persons in our church I have never witnessed any attacks towards homosexual persons. The church welcomes all people who seek God. It is the responsibility of the church to save souls. The truth must be spoken in charity. If as a religious I sat idle and watched someone wallow in their sin I would be perpetuating a terrible disservice towards the salvation of that soul. It is usually the homosexual who will resist the truth claiming that their behavior is not offensive to God. We must (in charity)guide them towards truth and salvation.

  • Nancy

    Cardinal Sarah’s challenge to American Catholics and to all Christians is that we have to be bold in representing God’s teachings in preserving the family as the base unit that encourages faith, love, compassion, and openness to life in our country. If we are to have a country, we must pray for America and that her citizens will turn back to God.

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