Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Have you heard this Fellowship of the Unashamed? I have heard it several times on Catholic radio, and driving home from the school drive this morning, I heard it again. It bears shouting from the mountain tops, so I am posting it here for you, my friend. In this time of subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle, persecution, we must prepare for future battle. I don't think any Catholic can deny that tough times are ahead. It is necessary to steel oneself for martyrdom.

I heard it this morning from Patrick Madrid, well-known Catholic apologist, author, speaker, who does not claim it for himself, but fully subscribes to the mission, and modified the original slightly. According to several internet sources the original came from a Rwandan man, written the night before he was executed for his belief in Christ.

I AM A PART of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.

The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands. I am finished and done with low living, small planning, the bare minimum, smooth knees, mundane talking, frivolous living, selfish giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, applause, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, the best, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith. I lean on Christ’s presence. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with the power of God’s grace.
My face is set. My gait is fast, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, and my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and spoken up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I am a Catholic. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no difficulty recognizing me. My banner is clear: I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.
Adapted from the original (author unknown) by Patrick Madrid


  1. WOW! That is powerful! So true! So good! As our priest said at Mass yesterday, we must rejoice in the face of suffering and persecution, like the early Church in Acts of the Apostles. In these (current) times of persecution, the Catholic Church truly has the chance to SHINE!

  2. That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing these words. What an amazing faith and a great example for us all.

  3. Sarah, we so perfectly unite ourselves to Christ on the cross by persecution and suffering!

  4. Hi Barbara!
    you're doing a great mission…my prayers are with you…take care & God bless…

    In the love of Jesus & Mary,


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