Apr 13, 2016
How easily do we forget! How easily do heroes who should be our role model for today are classified in historical documents which we file and then fail to turn to for help.
The dramatic situation in which Catholics find themselves today, particularly in the Middle East, should be a clarion call for us to remember a hero who seems to be widely forgotten today: Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty. It is high time that we recall his heroism, animated by his ardent faith, and that his life – he was a "dry martyr" – gives strength and courage to those facing similar trials today. May the Church soon give him the honor of the altars, for indeed, he was a saint.
When Nazism was defeated in 1945 many were those who acclaimed peace, while closing their eyes to the fact that monsters often have two heads, and that rejoicing the fact that the one of Nazism had been cut off, did not allow us to forget that there was another one – still more dangerous because injecting its poison more cleverly.
Few were those like Dietrich von Hildebrand who, having receiving the gift of clear sightedness, went public and declared the non-aggression pact between Stalin and Hitler in 1939 to be the "hour of truth," hoping thereby to open the public's eyes to the fact that these two vicious dictators were partners in crime. In 1945, Hitler's death was acclaimed as a promise of universal peace, totally over looking that the two headed monster of Nazism and communism there still had one left – and the more dangerous one. For the philosophy of racism based on the glorification of the "blond beast" was so incredibly stupid that one was tempted to question the intellectual sanity of those endorsing it. Moreover, it was bound to be defeated because the majority of human beings do not qualify having brown, black and even red hair. Communism was much more subtle and more dangerous: opening people's eyes to the shocking abyss separating the rich sometime living in insane luxury (the minority) from the poor (the majority) and therefore inviting the noble hearted to join their flanks and achieve the noble goal of a "paradise" for the worker.