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La Leçon de catéchisme (Catechism Lesson), 1890, by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942), oil on canvas, Musée des beaux-arts et d’archéologie de Besançon

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Crusades

QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:

Jesus said to love you enemies, so why did the Church kill people during the Crusades?

CATHOLIC ANSWER:

Even though there were some abuses by overzealous crusaders, the Crusades themselves were not immoral. In fact, they were just the opposite. The Crusades were established to aid the Christians who were being persecuted.

… nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.”

Leviticus 19:16

As a last resort, Christians can go to war to protect the innocent or correct injustice. If it were not for the crusades, it is possible that Western civilization itself may have been lost to the enemies of Christianity.

Other References:  Gn 9:6; Rom 13:4; 1 Cor 16:13; Titus 1:13; CCC 2088-2089, 2243, 2263-2267, 2266, 2308-2309

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PRAYER

Let us pray.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, by Reni Guido, 1635, 17th Century, originally oil on silk. St. Michael stepping on Devil’s head while holding his sword.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope

 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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