We must stand firm in our faith and this means speaking out for the faith.
Courage in this matter presupposes vulnerability. There is no need to be brave if one cannot be hurt. The ways we might be hurt vary. In some parts of the Third World, active faith means physical persecution. In the increasingly secularised West, active faith might involve marginalisation and ridicule.
In all parts of the world, faith requires such commitment that our very selves are bound up in its profession.
If we are to let the faith slip from our minds and hearts, we would lose the very reason for our being and be unable ever truly to be glad again. Our persistent belief finds its strength in the power, strength, and weakness of the Crucified.
Father John Dominic Corbett O.P. (from the Magnificat Year of Faith Companion)