December 19

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 the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ. After all, 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 voice of the Founder. The suspicion will grow that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly, it is otherworldly. Since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated, as was Christ Himself.

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