When we’re tempted by the fear that the Church will be “swept away by the forces of history” — abortion, gay marriage, suppression of Catholic charities and businesses — we should remember that there was a time when rich and powerful forces conspired with the intellectual elite of Hungary to suppress the Cistercians and destroy them entirely. They were reputed to be “stuck in the Dark Ages,” doomed to be “left behind by history,” whereas their oppressors were thought (even by some Catholics) to represent the future: something bright, shining, and new. “We will bury you,” they said (not realizing that resurrection has always been Christ’s special gift to the faithful).
But where are those utopian reformers now? They’ve been swept into the trash heap of history, in that place we reserve not only for the departed, but for the cads and thugs and cowards. They’re not only dead, their memory is despised.
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