Monk’s Corner


Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

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677        The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. 1 The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive  ascendency, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. 2 God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the last judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world. 3

1 - Cf. Revelations 19:1-9

2 - Cf. Revelations 13:8; 20:7-10; 21:2-4

3 - Cf. Revelations 20:12; II Peter 3:12-13

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Random Thought 1: Cardinal Robert Sarah wrote about Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age: 

    At this critical moment in the life of the Church we must reflect carefully on all that confronts us and discern what is true, good, and beautiful from what is evil. We cannot but be grateful to a faithful apostle such as Bishop Athanasius Schneider for his clear and courageous analysis of the state of the Church in our day. May this book assist all who read it in living their particular vocation with greater fidelity and zeal, for the glory of Almighty God and the salvation of souls.

Random Thought 2: A new study by the Pew Forum finds a steep decline in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians, and a similar drop in the number of Americans who identify themselves as Catholic. “65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade,” according to the report. 43% of Americans now identify themselves as Protestants, 20% as Catholics, and 26% as atheist (4%), agnostic (5%), or “nothing in particular” (17%).

    One in five American adults (20%) are Catholic, down from nearly one in four (24%) just twelve years ago.

Perhaps even more striking is the drop in the percentage of Hispanic Americans who are Catholic: from 57% to 47% in the past ten years, so that for the first time, a minority of Hispanic American adults are Catholic. Among Hispanics, the percentage belonging to Protestant denominations held roughly steady, while the unaffiliated number grew.