This morning I came across a line in my son's church history book (Story of the Church, Tan Publishers) that addressed the church's need of reform during the time of St. Boniface (680-755 AD). There existed not only corrupt pagans and political forces but bishops, priests, and religious. It was ugly. Of course we live in a different time today right?
Here are my mental notes from this morning...
Church is corrupted--which at first is very well disguised.
Holy person leads reform of the church or religious order or diocese.
Demonic eventually enters--which at first is very well disguised.
Holy person usually martyred.
Demonic does it's best to kill the reform and re-corrupt--which at first is very well disguised.
New holy person is born--leads new reform---demonic re-enters---
and so on and so on and so on.
The battle seems to never end--
Come to think of it--the above cycle is a little like the spiritual life and confession, no?