Sometimes you look at the Church, riven, stained, spiritually poor and destitute, and think – She is doomed to founder!
the Lord has said – the gates of hell will NOT prevail.
In this battle, this long defeat, there may be seasons where it looks like all is lost.
Many will be tempted to despair.
But those who hold firm to the end – once they have done everything – to just stand regardless of the raging of the princes of this world – will then come to see the Church, rather than being defeated, showing Her true raiment. Coming into the power and authority long subsumed, and entering into victory even in the midst of worldly defeat.
Because the gates of Hell will never,
The victory is already won.