The answer is: It has something to do with us all. France, which used to be known as the “Eldest Daughter of the Church”, having been a profoundly Catholic country that produced countless saints, eventually also became one of the most secularized countries in the West. Since then, Islam has been making inroads and the country is in a very bad state indeed. What happens in France should be of interest to us all – because it could happen to us also (I would say that it is already happening).
In this regard I would like to direct your attention to a good post on the blog Rorate Caeli about the advances that France’s conservative creative minority have recently made in winning back the French culture. Here is the link to that article.
I think it’s safe to say that if you told someone 10 years ago about what would happen with these citizen protest movements, and how they would stop the radically progressive and secular government from moving forward with its agenda, they would have laughed in disbelief. But it is happening.
The phrase, “creative minority”, may even be a bit inaccurate. It might not truly be a minority. Frequently, it’s quite the opposite: with the patronage of the media, a radically liberal minority is made to seem like it’s the majority; it is made to seem like it’s speaking for everyone. The recent pro-family peaceful demonstrations in Paris show that the number of people who are concerned about what’s happening is actually quite formidable (especially when you consider how many people may NOT have been there due to: inability to travel, sickness, lack of courage, having to work, not wanting to be out in the cold weather, etc.).
Those who are fighting for the traditional family and traditional moral values in France still have a long battle ahead of them; they have recently had a victory but there will likely be future setbacks and in any case, they still have a lot of ground to cover. But they have shown us all that it is possible.
We must live out our Catholic faith in a public manner and take a stand for what we believe. We must engage our culture. Annual gatherings, like the national March for Life, and also, now, the local Marches for Life, are very important and we should all participate to the extent that we are able. But we also need to live out our faith in a daily, public manner, to have an effect on our peers and our community.
We cannot be silent; nor should we ever fall into discouragement about the direction our country is headed, almost as if to concede defeat. We do not believe in fate!
Look at what is happening in France and take courage: live your Catholic faith and make a difference!