Columban Missionary Fr. Aiden McGrath gave a talk in Sydney in 1957 on the Legion of Mary in China. It is interesting for today as we see some of the tactics of the communists are being used by the governments of the world. Red China was persecuting Catholics. Tactics were brainwashing, preventing sleep, etc. He explains that communism spreads by infiltration and tells the people “it will come to Australia” being a foreigner he quickly changes it to Ireland, his own nation. Today both Ireland and Australia have become communist. Melbourne, and now Sydney, are especially police states. Fr. McGrath also explains how detestable “informers” are. Now the New Zealand government gives us a hotline to inform on our neighbours who violate arbitrary Covid rules. Many do think that they are virtuous. They get no reward for it whereas in China informers were given some crumbs from the communist table. The masses are brainwashed like Winston in the novel 1984 who, if I remember correctly, was proud of his son for informing on him.
Fr. McGrath tells us that amidst his suffering he was at peace. Reminding us of Rose Hu, also very much involved with the Legion of Mary, who said that the happiest times of her life were when she was in the communist prison. Fr. McGrath visited her in the late 1990s.
His talk and her book Joy in Suffering are very worthwhile. This link is to an interview Rose Hu gave around the year 2000.