When we consider that several secular nations are now assigning to themselves all power and authority over healthcare (our bodies) and education (our minds), one cannot but wonder whether we are entering into a time of persecution. If so, we should not be afraid. Saint Peter, our first Pope, had these words to say to our fathers in faith and our brother in Christ of the first century:
“And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? But if also you suffer any thing for justice’ sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear: and be not troubled. But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you. But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer than doing ill.” (1 Peter 3:13–17, D-R)
Most notably, Saint Peter encourages us to keep our hearts and lips pure.