And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.-- Matthew 16:18
Sometimes it seems as if Christ's Church is in insurmountable crisis. Concern trolls in the media have said as much in their cynical reflections on Pope Benedict's revitalizing and reformist renunciation.
But it is not Heaven, but Hell, that is under siege. Jesus Christ is Lord, and the mighty hosts of the Church suffering, militant, and triumphant even now, even in us, encircle and besiege the Gates of Hell--those gates that are pridefully locked against God's love from the inside. It is not the Church that is in crisis. It is not the Church that is under siege. It is Hell. Whatever Popes have done, whoever Popes have been, whatever Popes will do, whoever Popes will be--Christ's Church built upon the rock of Peter will prevail against the cravenly cowering demons of besieged Hell. In Lent, we walk with Christ toward the Cross. But the victory of Easter is already won. To Christ and His Church already are secured the victory.