When the scholars of the 21st or 22nd Century write the story of our time, they may chuckle at the documents of our diplomats, the public statements of our politicians, and the final words of our historians. But, if they want to get at the truth, or to get as close to it as they will ever get, they will turn instead to novels like Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory. — “Stranger Than Fiction,” F.R. Duplantier, 1988
The persecution of the Church in Mexico in the 1920s is the backdrop for Greene’s novel about a fugitive priest who tries to remain faithful to his vocation. Are we on the threshold of a similar persecution in the United States? It certainly looks that way. This would be a good time to adopt the Benedictine motto as our own: ora et labora.