Cowardice of Christ's Disciples

Saint Pope Pius X: "In our time more than ever before, the greatest asset of those disposed toward evil is the cowardice and weakness of good men, and all the vigor of Satan’s reign is due to the easygoing weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the Prophet Zachary did in spirit (Zach. 13:6a): 'What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands?' The answer would not be doubtful: '...With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved me.' (Zach. 13:6b)  'I was wounded by my friends, who did nothing to defend me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of my adversaries.' And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries."    -At the beatification of Joan of Arc (Dec. 13, 1908).

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