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Diocese of Rockville Centre

"Love and practice simplicity and humility, and don’t worry about the opinion of the world, because if this world had nothing to say against us, we would not be true servants of God.” (St. Padre Pio)

Christ warned us that the world  would hate us (Matthew 5:11), and certainly the Church has suffered much in trying to keep faithful to the teachings and commandments of its Savior.  Another man well on his way to sainthood, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen, had this to say:

"If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world.  Look for the Church that is hated by the world, as Christ was hated by the World.  Look for the Church which is accused of being behind the times, as Our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned.  Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth.  Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils.  Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because he called Himself the Truth.  Look for the Church which amid the confusion of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly, it is other-worldly.  Since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ himself..."

'Nuff said!

St. Padre Pio, pray for us!