|All seats sold out - The Colisseum|
in 303 AD
Have things changed much in the past 1700 years or so?
I think not. Today's persecutors are not Romans but Muslims, or, should I say, Extreme Muslims, Islamists.
Skim around the world taking a flying look at the countries where Christians are still being routinely murdered, restricted, abused....
China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Hungary, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, The Yemen, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan, The Gambia, Iran, The Maldives...in all over 50 countries worldwide take part....and with the exception of the two or three that are communist, the rest are all Islamic.
Offhand I can't think of any group of humanity that is so presecuted as the Christians.
Of course, it is coming to the UK, and it will be here sooner than you think.
Already, parts of some of our major cities are effectively "no go" areas for non Muslims - what effect would a Corpus Christi procession produce in Hackney or Wood Green?
A riot would result and the likelihood would be that the Christians would be the ones being arrested.
Or, if one walked through those areas wearing a crucifix or saying the Rosary - what would result?
Soon women will not gain entry to parts of our major cities if they are not wearing ankle length dresses and face veils.
Of course, as Christians we can accept and even relish persecution but we also have responsibilites for the young and those yet to be born.
Perhaps we do need to raise our heads above the parapet a little more and undertake acts of public prayer as do Juventutem London and the Legion of Mary (and, of course, the Pro Life Groups).
What would be really good would be a major Rosary procession through the streets of Birmingham or Manchester to show the world the power of prayer.
Perhaps a few of the Bishops might like to organise such a thing.......whoops, a pig just flew by my window!