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As we bemoan the apparent disintegration of the moral fiber and structure of this once great nation, we most recognize our own significant contributions to this tragic outcome - remaining silent in the face of evil, reluctance and fear to teach and defend the Truth, misguided tolerance of conduct offensive to God (such as not valuing the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death) and the poor example of cowardly and Faithless lives.
Having said this, we must not wallow in embarrassment and self-pity over our failures.
Yes, our fear, cowardice and silence helped to create the current culture of death, materialism, paganism and relativism. But we have the promise of our loving and merciful Lord, as St. John Chrysostom assures us, that our culture can be turned around if, from this point forward, we would live our lives of Faith as God intended - consistently, courageously lovingly, and publicly – knowing that for a time, we will be persecuted for doing so: