Putting the Horse Before the Cart

 

Today, just a very brief note to clarify an item which was commented on recently. As I responded to a commenter’s observations regarding the importance of the traditional Latin Mass, it struck me that perhaps many today are missing an important chronology or sequence.

The Traditional Latin Mass is the very core of tradition. That remark would bring a nod of assent from traditional Catholics of all flavors, and it is perhaps the only thing they would agree on. But how many traditionals have a vital devotion to the holy rosary? How many wear the brown scapular of Our Lady? How many practice her First Saturdays of Reparation? How many have completed and live Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart?

In short, how many Catholics who are avid devotees of the TLM are devoted to the Message of Fatima?

Tell me, how did the Church lose the true Mass?

Clue, “It will be clearer then.”

For those who wonder about these things, we lost the Mass because God was not obeyed. In His infinite mercy, He offered us a last means to avert the horrible chastisement brought on by our persistence in sin. And now that chastisement has increased to the point where we have an anti-Catholic pope and a world so consumed by sin that it has made diabolical deception legally binding —  with every form of perversion promoted, from sodomy, to infanticide to euthanasia to outright satanism. Cold blooded murderers have their right-to-life defended by this pope while the most innocent and helpless are sacrificed with the consent of the same pope on the altar of the environment. This evil coalesces and we shall soon see the forces of nature responding to this unbearable weight of iniquity.

The answer is known, even by those who provoke this chastisement. Traditional Catholics continue to ignore the message of Fatima. They can think of dozens of subjects vastly more important. Like one fake trad’s  “bed-head” selfies. What a pathetic waste of time.

The fact is, the message of Fatima has no appeal today among those who must be trendy. The rosary “bores” them. The scapular itches them and gets in the way of an attractive neckline. Who on earth has time for those First Saturdays, anyway?

I’m aware of a traditional Latin Mass that is offered occasionally in the evenings for an affluent crowd of successful, well-educated Catholics. It always has a prestigious schola and the Mass is followed by wine and cheese and a lively discussion on the finer points of the liturgy. Each is an expert and all are authoritative in their own minds. In another TLM, this time in a “shabby chic” once stately old cathedral that has avoided wreckovation. by the barest minimum. A TLM is offered by a diocesan priest who playfully says the canon in the Novus Ordo form in his native Spanish. He has remarked to friends that “they can’t hear me anyway.” The congregation gets their reading and “homilies” in purest Novus Ordo modernist without the slightest tinge of tradition, but they are pleased as punch, for they have the TLM!

How many people think today about the vast changes which have eradicated the belief and practices of the faith in most of the world today since those visits from heaven in 1917?  How many today ever consider why?  We cannot afford to ignore the message of Fatima any longer!

Here we must not misunderstand: Devotion is not “more important than” the true Mass! — It is the way to return to the fulness of devotion to the true Mass! As our deeply ingrained habits of sin have driven Christ Our Lord from His own Church, He sends us His Mother to teach us to be faithful. We are weakened by our sins. We cannot take the strong medicine, but from her pure heart, through her loving hands, we become strong and whole again, and then can best serve Him in His Holy Sacrifice.

We have the TLM today, to the extent that we have it, because of organizations such as the Fatima Crusade established by Father Gruner. Insofar as we are devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and seek to observe her requests and spread her message, the Latin Mass will grow and enrich more priests and faithful.

But without devotion to the Immaculata, the TLM, make no mistake, will simply be yet another instance for the over-weening self love of lukewarm “c”atholics, the Sunday service of the liturgical prigs.

One last note to the Laodiceans:

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.

 Because thou sayest: I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing: and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

I counsel thee to buy of me gold fire tried, that thou mayest be made rich; and mayest be clothed in white garments, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance.” (Apocalypse 3, 14-19)

Thank you for reading, I pray for you always!

Pray the Rosary!