Rorate Caeli

Do not be afraid of telling the truth, follow the Baptist!

Today, in many parts of the world, there are martyrs: man and women who are imprisoned, killed for the sole reason of being Christian. And they exist in a larger number than in the first centuries of the Church.

But there is also daily martyrdom, that does not include death but is also a "losing of life" for Christ, accomplishing one's own duty with love, according to the reasoning of Jesus, the reasoning of the gift [of oneself], of sacrifice. ...

But, in the end, ... [John the Baptist] was killed because of the truth, when he denounced the adultery of king Herod and Herodias. How many people pay a steep price for allegiance to truth! How many upright men prefer to walk against the current, other than denying the voice of conscience, the voice of truth!
Franciscus
Angelus
June 23, 2013

21 comments:

Dan Hunter said...

Great words from Our Holy Father that we all need to put into practice, including Princes and bishops of the Church, to save souls.

K-Town USA said...

St. John the Baptist - the greatest man that ever lived!

Liam Ronan said...

Stirring and fearless words from Pope Francis indeed!
May I interject here just to inform all of you that today is the Feast of St. Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, to whom our own supertradmum has such devotion.
God grant you his most abundant grace supertradmum for your devotion to His Holy Saint.

Supertradmum said...

Many of us have paid the steep price even by the hands of some in the Church. Thank you, Pope Francis, for this acknowledgment.

Reginald said...

And St John Fisher, beheaded like his namesake, for the same truth.

UnamSanctam said...

"How many people pay a steep price for the allegiance to truth!"

Yes, Holy Father think of all those Traditionalists who suffer every single day of their lives because of the malevolence, hatred and scorn they are shown by you and other so-called fellow Catholics!

Those who lose their lives to violence have their reward given them by Our Lord immediately.

Our martyrdom lasts year after year after year.

Penitent Peasant said...

Like Snowden! I wish HH would step out send him some support.

Jonvilas said...

It still puzzles me. How can it be that papa Franciscus can speak so clearly and then do just strange things like ignoring yesterday's concert and demonstrating a rather odd form of humility, which one might interpret as quasi-humility. Nevertheless, when he preaches like that one hears the truth of Christ Jesus.

Gregory said...

His Holiness drags you all over the place doesn't he?

Saturday he makes me do a face-palm.
Sunday he plunges a dagger right to the centre of my own hypocrisy.

I feel like I'm on St Peter's Barque. In steerage class. In a hurricane.

Penitent Peasant said...

Snowden is a noble neo-pagan.

bill bannon said...

Unlike the early Church days of martyrdom within the Roman Empire, millions of Christians now live in relatively safe and affluent areas of the world while other Christians live within Vietnam, China, North Korea and in Islamic countries of varying danger. What if the Vatican called on every Catholic worldwide to pay an ad hoc donation perhaps online of three dollars each to the Vatican for the sole purpose of relocating those Christians who desire relocation. Even Christ left His hometown where He was having very little effect due to their unbelief. If only one third of the world's Catholics actually paid the three dollars, the Vatican would have over one billion dollars to relocate the oppressed which figure is surmised as equal to their total liquid savings in stocks etc. right now. We are not using our numerical assets in this area of possibly relatively quixotic martyrdom. Christ left His home area due to their unbelief.

Edward More said...

Beautiful words from the Holy Father, although I wish that they were actually put into practice by the Church hierarchy. Doesn't seem like a lot of them would be willing to sacrifice their life for the truth these days - just look at the glaring hypocrisy of prelates like Card. Dolan who will refuse to discipline abortion supporting politicians who dare to go up to receive holy communion, or the recent case of an Italian cardinal (I think it was in Milan) who didn't refuse to give communion to two very openly lesbian/pro-abortion Italian personalities at the funeral of an Italian Marxist priest.

Actions speak louder than words.

Doesn't the pope realize the same Mohameddans who are the cause of martyrdom for so many Christians today are the same ones the Church is trying to build "bridges" and to hold dialogue with???

Liam Ronan said...

One man's John the Baptist is another man's Savonarola.
Pray to the Holy Spirit always for the gift of Discernment for the Truth.

Common Sense said...

Unam Sanctam, well and wisely said. We agonize day by day over the Vinyard which has been devestated. H.HS'. words aren't more than just hollow and redundant sounds.

Gratias said...

Verbum sapientae.

JB said...



Well said Holiness. I think of Thomas More when I read that. Especially him. "I die in and for the Faith of the Holy Catholic Church. I die the King's good servant, but God's first." He had no comment on Islam.

Rev. Anthony Cekada said...

I understand the tendency of many here to look for at least one or two encouraging signs in Francis' pronouncements, but in the same message, according to AsiaNews.it, he also said:

"But then there are so many people, Christians and non-Christians who 'lose their lives' for the truth. And Christ said 'I am the truth' and those who serve the truth serve Christ."

Moslems or Buddhists serve the "truth," and therefore "serve Christ"?

Again, I think the man is really a loose cannon. He is so steeped in Vatican II that he is capable of saying just about anything without batting an eye.

Pulex said...

Fr. Cekada, I would rather suppose that the Holy Father under "serving truth" meant not only observing the 1st, but also the 8th commandment. Telling truth in secular matters, too, can cost one's life. Whenever a heretic, pagan, or atheist observe some commandment being written in his heart he objectively serves the Kingdom of Christ to which all are subject. That this alone is not sufficient for that person's eternal salvation is another matter. That being said, it is indeed a problem that speeches or writings of a Pope so often require 'a benevolent interpretation' instead of being clear to everybody.

John R said...

Speaking of presenting the truth clearly and boldly, does Rorate plan to devote a post about the current "Fortnight for Freedom" with its (misdirected) focus on "religious liberty"? Does anyone else here find this campaign, and particularly the wording of the prayer issued to be used for this occasion, problematic?

Angelo said...

Finally Pope Francis speaks like the Vicar of Christ that he is. I wonder if this time he read from a carefully worded text as opposed to the "off the cuff remarks". I wonder if Pope Francis realizes that Traditional Catholics are suffering what is called by the Church "Dry Martyrdom". I wish he comes to understand this fact. As Christ's Vicar I hope he takes the time to try to understand what it is that we are all about. If he did this His Holiness would come to realize that we Traditional Catholics are the best allies of the Church today. Thus far he has only had a critical understanding of those of us who would gladly die for Christ and His Church. Sancta Maria Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis!

Thomas Lewis said...

When listening to a speaker of any group the first thing that I listen for is his ability to communicate to my very being. Interpretations that have to be made by others, usually indicate that a particular speakers is unable to communicate what he is trying to say, and cannot say to me what is necessarily an advantage for my soul. So when I hear someone reinterpret what someone says, because it was confusing it leaves me with a simple acknowledgement that the speaker really has nothing to say at all.