But is that true?
Is our time really MORE hostile to the Faith than the Diocletian Persecution? Is our time MORE hostile to Catholicism than 20th century Russia? Than China over the last 50 years?
I think St. Agatha who had her breasts cut off or St. Bartholomew who was skinned alive for the Catholic Faith would laugh at the notion that today things are so much more hostile to the Faith or that the times are so much worse than any other time in the past.
From my vantage point, the notion that "Woe is us, we have to bring the Gospel to a world infinitely more hostile to the Faith than anything encountered in the first 2,000 years of the Church" is both
It is lazy because in believing that we live in a time "SO much worse" than anything else ever encountered, we can also, in the back of our mind, excuse our failure to do a better job because "things are so much worse now"
|"Wow, things are so much worse in your time? I was skinned alive 2,000 years ago for being Catholic|
Hebrews 12:4 - "you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood."