The slogan Je Suis Charles Martel is beginning to make its way around Saint Blogs. Here is some information on the grandfather of Charlemagne who stopped the advance of Islam into what became France in 732 at the battle of Tours.
Read the rest over at American Catholic.
The difference between Charles Martel and us, however, is that our victory will not mainly come through weapons, even though it appears justified to use force to stop the slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria. Instead, we mainly need to convert our culture so that it becomes grounded in truth and empowered to address the many challenges we face. Most notably, someone who’s grounded in the Lord will not radicalize and start blowing stuff up. Nor would such a person engage in gratuitous insulting of objects or persons considered sacred by other religions. That doesnt mean they’ll never get offended, because sincere dialogue in the search of truth will sometimes hurt, but it’s done gently and with the purpose of bringing others to see the light, not just for kicks.
We can’t effectively convert the culture if we aren’t converted ourselves. That’s why everyone reading this needs to make an honest introspective assessment of themselves to determine just how hard they’re working towards becoming a better person who’s closer to the Lord. When is the last time you read a robust spiritual book? I’m not talking about a blog post or a magazine article. I’m talking about something meaty, like St. Francis De Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life, or Dom Lorenzo Scupoli’s The Spiritual Combat, or Fr. Faber’s Growth in Holiness, or Fr. Walter Ciszek’s He Leadeth Me.
Reading one of these books with a view to applying it’s contents will transform your life. You will never be the same. And that’s a good thing. We could all use an upgrade in our souls.
You can’t give what you don’t have. If you aren’t in a close relationship with God, you’ll have trouble transforming the world around you.
If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to work!