Today’s Epistle for the Feast of Sts. Philip and James immediately brought to mind the old axiomatic truism:
“First they laugh at you. Then they fear you. Then you win.”
Hang in there, folks. Keep praying, and GO. TO. MASS.
Lesson from the book of Wisdom
The just shall stand with great assurance before their oppressors who set at nought their labors. Seeing this, these shall be shaken with dreadful fear, and amazed at the suddenness of the unlooked-for salvation. They shall say among themselves, rueful and groaning through anguish of spirit: These are they whom once we held as a laughingstock and as a type for mockery, fools that we were! Their life we deemed madness, and their death dishonored. See how they are accounted among the sons of God; how their lot is with the Saints!