Before going home to reintroduce myself to my family, I could not let the day go by without remembering the victims of the satanically-inspired revolution that marks today as a day of liberation. This revolution had its historical antecedents long before 1789, and its effects are still unfolding today.

But 14 July 1789 is the day of the fall of the Bastille. Today marks the triumph of violence and vulgarity and irreligion.

That triumph is not destined to last forever; Christ will return victorious. The job of the Catholic until then is to endure, to preserve, to encourage, to defend. Tolkien captures the sense of this in the words of Galadriel to Frodo in the Fellowship of the Ring:

“Together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.”

Yes, in the worldly sense it has been the long defeat. But the victim martyrs of the revolution will be vindicated. The revolution will ultimately fail.

Our Lady of Victories, pray for us!