“Do not forget what the Christians of the past suffered in order to keep their faith in our Christ: they hid within the catacombs; they were persecuted and afflicted. We also are blessed, who are persecuted because of our desire to worship God and to guard our chastity.  We shall go through much. But in the end, the Crucified Jesus will be victorious; for the Cross is our glorious banner. So do not fear; God is with us.”

(Elder Ephraim+ of Arizona, ‘Counsels’)