“And a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6

Today’s feast of St. John of the Cross, a friar marked by a life of suffering, rejection, poverty and hardship, reminds us that if it is sanctity alone that truly effects “God’s revolution” in the world, then we must not forget that this communion of revolutionaries is led by Christ’s ragtag band: the rejected and despised, the blind and the lame, the crippled and the deformed, the poor and dying, the weak and the children, and those who wish to serve and imitate them.

Few dare approach so near this white-hot core of the Gospel that unlocks our controlled, gated world and renders insane our sane and acceptable logic within a world grown weary and complacent in sin.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried. Christianity, even watered down, is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags. — GK Chesterton

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