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St. Aloysius Gonzaga

2 Chronicles 24:17-25
Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34
Matthew 6:24-34

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when the majority doesn't rule

"Though the Aramean force came with few men, the Lord surrendered a very large force into their power, because Judah had abandoned the Lord." —2 Chronicles 24:24

How did a few atheists and secular humanists stop prayer in the public schools despite the fact that the great majority of Americans wanted prayer in the schools? How did a few anti-life people get control of the Supreme Court, mass media, Congress, presidency, and business community when twenty-five years ago they were a very small minority? How can a few homosexual activists change our government's definition of the family and make sodomy a civil right despite the fact that a little over a decade ago these things were unthinkable for a vast majority of Americans?

A large force is defeated by a few people when the "moral majority" is not very moral, when many of them have abandoned the Lord (see 2 Chr 24:24; see also Jos 7:3ff). When we transgress the Lord's commands, we cannot prosper (2 Chr 24:20).

Because we "have abandoned the Lord, He has abandoned" us (2 Chr 24:20). Only when we are under the Lord's authority are we in authority over Satan and the forces of evil. Only the totally committed win. Only the obedient conquer (see 2 Cor 10:6). Repent! Return to power — God's power.

Prayer:  Father, may we take back this country for You.

Promise:  "No man can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other or be attentive to one and despise the other. You cannot give yourself to God and money." —Mt 6:24

Praise:  St. Aloysius died a young man of twenty-three who triumphed, "unspotted by the world" (Jas 1:27) and immersed in prayer and acts of penance.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our book Conversion-Conversations.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 2, 2014

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