January 26, 2017
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, […] but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God.” - Timothy 1:7-8
Today, some of our brothers and sisters from the Frassati Fellowship marched in Washington D.C. to defend the lives of the vulnerable, most especially the unborn. The March for Life comes just 5 days after the Women’s March to protest violence against women and threats to women’s health, safety, and dignity. Pink hats and super-crass puns decorated huge groups representing what is mostly associated with progressive leanings. But in many places, pro-life groups brought their message to the Women’s March, rounding out the fight for respect, equal pay, access to healthcare, and dignified treatment for women.
This refusal to give in to intimidation characterizes our dear patron Pier Giorgio. He was zealous and unapologetic, to the point of punching fascists at protests (I do not recommend emulating this particular behavior). No part of him tolerated injustice or lies. He wanted the truth and he wanted justice, and never shied away from the work of building those up everywhere he went. Most importantly, he knew exactly who is the true owner of truth, of justice, of all that is right and good: the Lord.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you as St Paul urges Timothy to bear your share of hardship for the Kingdom, to ask God for the strength to bear criticism and ridicule for the sake of the truth, and to never be ashamed of being His child. The Frassati Fellowship has given me both the opportunities and the enoucragement to heed St Paul, and my soul rejoices in those humiliations even when the rest of me wants to rebel. I am so thankful for the witness that you all bear to the power of the Gospel, And I pray that He might make us ever better ambassadors of the truth.