The blood of the Christian

I have another translation to present: again from La Buhardilla, a piece of his about the family into which we were born when we were baptized into the Church:
We Christians have been re-born in Christ. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works of the One who called you from darkness into his marvelous light. The same Mother, who sprang from the side of Christ, and who has brought us to life, is who gave birth to so many illustrious brothers who preceded us; countless multitudes of men and women in whose veins clearly ran the blood of a chosen race. The same runs in our veins. The blood of the martyrs, of the virgins, of the confessors, of the many saints who fought the good fight of faith.

In the middle of one of the worst epochs of persecution against our Mother Church, we have to defend their children in the good fight, without fear, with nothing to lose and much to gain. How could we be defeated? Impossible. The one who said "Do not fear, I have overcome the world", before going to the battle. How can we not?

Because we carry the same blood of Francis of Assisi and Angela of the Cross: we can against materialism and consumerism, against pride, vanity and discord.

Because we carry the blood of Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, we can against false anthropological optimism, against the conceit of man, against the deficit of truth that is in the world.

If rages in us the blood of Maria Goretti, Rose of Lima, Aloysius Gonzaga, Dominic Savio, Gemma Galgani, Jacinto and Francisco Marto, we can against everything that is opposed to the purity of the soul and of the body.

Because we have the blood of Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Saint Benedict, we can against disobedience, lukewarmness and sloth.

If in our veins runs the blood of Thomas More, Thomas a Becket and Casimir of Poland, we can against institutional corruption and against the ambition of power.

Because we carry the blood of Vincent de Paul, Camillus de Lellis and Damien of Molokai, we can against egoism, individualism and avarice.

Because the blood of Philip Neri and John Bosco irrigates our hearts, we can against sadness, despair, disconsolation and discouragement.

Because we have the same blood as Ignatius of Antioch, Catherine of Siena, and Bernard of Clairvaux, we can against attacks on the Church.

Because we are of the same race as Gianna Beretta Molla, Maximilian Kolbe and Stanislaus Papczynski, we can against the culture of death.

Because we have the same blood as Ignatius of Loyola, Peter Nolasco, and David Uribe Velasco, we can overcome the fear of being handed over, timidity and cowardice.

Because we are of the family of Tarcisius, Peter Julian Eymard and Clare of Assisi, we can against irreverence, desacralization and impiety.

Because the same blood of Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa runs in us, we can against grandeur, indifference, hatred and resentment.

In the end, we carry the same blood as so many people who preceded us who were able to overcome in Christ. We are a chosen race, all born of Our Holy Mother Church, the Spouse of Christ without stain or wrinkle. She impels us to honour our race and defend the rights of God, who were rescued by a most-high price: the Blood of Christ.

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