By Br. Alexis Bugnolo
Many thanks to all who have distributed the articles of the From Rome blog round the world. In particular, to those of who who have purchased one of my English translations, published by the Franciscan Archive (see side bar).
But I owe most thanks of all, to all of you who hate me so much that you denigrate my name and reputation. Because, whereas others do what will help others or themselves, you help me merit a crown of glory in Heaven!
As a Franciscan, I have consecrated myself to the Truth, Jesus Christ, to walk with him the path to Calvary. I welcome all the attacks of those who hate me. God willing they will martyr me one day for my love of Eternal Truth!
I assure all of you of my prayers: those who hate me, most of all. God bless!
Here is a citation of Scripture, for the edification and consolation of all.
The Hatred of the World: Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 15
18 If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. 19 If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for my name’s sake: because they know not him who sent me. 22 If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: They hated me without cause. (Douay Rheims Bible)