Chaplain’s Corner | Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (October 13, 2013)


Ephesians 6:11 Induite vos armaturam Dei, ut possitis stare adversus insidias diaboli. Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.

Matthew 18:35 Sic et Pater meus coelestis faciet vobis, si non remiseritis unusquisque fratri suo de cordibus vestris. So also shall My heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.

Dear Traditional Latin Mass Faithful and friends,

The Sacred Scriptures today remind each of us that there is a struggle to do good and avoid evil. Though God loves us unconditionally and has sent His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer, die, and rise for us, we can still have hardened hearts. Though we expect God to immediately forgive us, we may reluctantly forgive others, and may even refuse to do so. In addition, in the struggle with Satan we may be very naïve. We think victory a cinch; therefore, not putting up much of a fight, we foolishly decide not to put on the armor necessary to win in the battle with hell. We think all will be accomplished easily and without much effort. That is not the way it is. The stakes are high.

Today, God speaks to us through His Word to wake us up before it is too late. Let us never underestimate the powers of Satan and his kingdom of darkness. As long as there is human life, the powers of darkness will do everything possible to win us to the side of eternal darkness. There is a fierce battle going on for our souls. Satan wants them and will do his all to get them for all eternity. St. Paul describes this effort in Ephesians. Without the armor of God we cannot win. We will be seduced and lost forever. Only the armor of God can protect us and make victory for all eternity possible. And we cannot take off that armor as long as we live. Isn’t this the temptation of modernity? Isn’t this the danger of moral and spiritual relativism? What we once thought evil is now good and what we once thought good is now evil. Here is the deception that has even managed to seep into some Catholic environments. Resist, resist, resist!

1 Peter 5:8-9 Brethren, be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour: whom resist ye, strong in faith. But do Thou, O Lord, have mercy on us.

Yours in Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,

The Rev. Mark G. Mazza, Pastor

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