In the Gospel (John 15:26-16:4), Jesus accurately predicts the persecution of Christians:

[26] But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; [27] and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning. [1]”I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. [2] They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.  [3] And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.  [4] But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them.

In a long history of persecution that began with Jesus, today there continues to be many places on earth where those who hate, kill Christians.  Western society, though not yet as violent, persecutes Christians through laws, the legal system (HHS Mandate that coerces Christians to support the infanticide of abortion), through unchecked perverted moral slander against the Church and attacks on our Bishops.

All of these sins are part of Christ’s prophesy, and we should not expect them to end.

Pray the words of Our Lord from His persecution on the Cross: “Father, forgive them for what they do.”