A few days ago, I posted some thoughts about the state of Catholic Action in this time of the suffering Church. Using the term Catholic Action very loosely, my concern was how can we best defend the Faith against the overwhelming tide of destruction which comes from everywhere today? Like many of my posts, it was too vague and even my most loyal readers weren’t interested. Of those who did read, several took exception and felt a need to defend the organizers who were being “attacked” by me.
This was expected, in this time of overly sensitive victimology. The disorientation and muddled thinking will continue until grace and light return to us. We are all struggling in this satanic fog of war. And we will continue to see loss after loss until we regain clarity through God’s grace. Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Immaculate Mother have given us the keys to victory but few will hear this. Until they do, the losses will mount and the faithful will dwindle as foretold many times. The gathering in Munich (I cannot call it a protest) is just one in a dismal string of losses, with many more to come.
Update 1-25-2020: Several readers have noticed that other blogs and their commenters have covered the Acies Ordinata event in Munich, but no one seemed to miss the Rosary. One noted that Dr. de Mattei’s interview on OnePeter 5 mentioned that they stand an hour in silence with rosary in hand, but evidently not praying it as a group, out loud. What is accomplished by displaying a rosary when not actually praying it? What does that mean?. Father John Zuhlsdorf had a witty take on the organizers being so secretive. He pointed out that although much had been made of Matt’s “Unite the Clans”, no one had even advised him of the silent gathering. He aptly referred to it as a “self-licking ice cream cone”. He made several very good points but also did not notice that this group of traditional Catholics appears to have moved beyond the traditional rosary for something more up-to-date.
Of course, many commenters felt the need to chide with cliches along the lines of, “at least they were doing something” and “every little bit helps”. It only proved my suspicion that many today are unable to grasp the need for clarity and objective analysis of any situation. Commenters reacted to Father Z’s carefully reasoned post with the usual subjective, emotional defense of the “victim” – Acies Ordinata. And that is one big reason that we cannot get any consensus on the actions necessary to defend the faith.
Yes, we need to unite and take action. But our actions should be firmly founded on our Catholic faith. In this, Jesus and His most Blessed Mother must be our guides. If we simply adopt the ground rules of the enemy, such as standing separately, silently, without uniting in vocal prayer – for Catholics, it has traditionally been the Rosary – you have already given the enemy a silent but significant victory.
Then, we must all figure out some way, really try to do this! – to act as grown-ups. Set aside subjectivism, that has seeped in from the all-pervasive liberalism. Criticism is not necessarily an attack on a ‘victim’ but is often a useful ‘reality check’. It has been hard for me, but at last, I’ve begun to learn from criticism. I see that even, or perhaps especially unjust, criticism teaches me things I had not thought of. But today, looking at any lively discussion in almost any combox, you have folks who jump in to defend anyone criticised, as though they must defend the “victim”.
We’re never going to make progress, if we all are so sensitive that we cannot take criticism, simply because nothing at all can be said or done that will not draw comments from others, just and unjust.
Now, here is the other thing I noticed, and it, to my mind is a huge and very worrisome thing – various blogs that mentioned the Munich event had many comments and yet no one remarked on the fact that the leading representatives of traditional, faithful Catholics held a Catholic protest that omitted the public recitation of the Rosary. Now, of all times, we should be relying on our Most Blessed Mother.
We can certainly debate the possible reasons for the gathering not being publicised beforehand (i.e., Abp. Viganò, Cardinal Marx’s power with the gestapo and so on) but what excuse is there for ignoring Our Lady of the Rosary? Oh yes, the organizers did get a photo op with rosaries in hand, giving the impression of a Rosary protest, but that was misleading – as the “protest” was deliberately silent, no Rosary was said aloud. Note to all commenters, I am not making fussy criticism: It is a fact that we as Catholics have always, since St. Dominic’s day, used the public recitation of the Rosary as our rallying point. It was a sign of our unity in fighting the Albigensians, muslims, marxists and assorted tyrannies; and under Our Lady’s banner we shall again be victorious, as many saints have prophesied. We just need to grow up first, I guess.
As I wrote in the earlier post:
I am convinced that the way to restore the spiritual life – indeed, the only way – is through devotion to the Mother of God. From my readers, it has become clear that we need to return to some very fundamental aspects, returning to the very meaning and context of the prayers of the Holy Rosary. I hope that by doing so, we can revitalize our Rosaries. For we are engaged, whether we acknowledge it or not, in a life or death spiritual combat. This was brought home to me very recently, when a prominent group of lay Catholic leaders gathered in Munich:
“An international coalition of lay Catholics mobilized in Munich today to silently pray in “firm protest against the German Episcopal Conference and its President” Cardinal Marx on account of the prelates’ plan to embark on a “synodal path” that critics say would create a “new church” that departs from Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, contraception, homosexuality, and fornication.” (Lifesite News)
Quoting from the article,
“Called Acies ordinata, the international coalition derives its name from a title reserved for Our Lady who assembles an army of the faithful to defeat her enemies. The Latin phrase “terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinate” is applied to Mary in battle and is taken from the Old Testament Song of Songs canticle (6:3, 6:10).”
The citation above, correctly taken is: from Solomon’s Canticle of Canticles. The link allows you to read the Vulgate alongside the Douay version.
In order to dispel some confusion, here is more from the Lifesite article, FYI:
About the name of the organization: “Called Acies ordinata, the international coalition derives its name from a title reserved for Our Lady who assembles an army of the faithful to defeat her enemies. The Latin phrase “terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinate” is applied to Mary in battle and is taken from the Old Testament Song of Songs canticle (6:3, 6:10).” Direct quote.
NOTE: That quote is: Quæ est ista quæ progreditur quasi aurora consurgens, pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol, terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata? (Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?) By the way, it is verse 9, not verse 10.
“The hour of silent prayer and meditation ended with the collective singing of the Creed, during which, to express their love for the Church, the participants raised their voices to sing the words Et unam Sanctam Catholicam Ecclesiam (one holy Catholic Church) #AciesOrdinata pic.twitter.com/0Mb0JugifC”. Direct quote.
LINK to above quotes: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-laityprotest-cdl-marx-call-him-to-repent-for-leading-german-church-down-schismatic-synodal-path
Now readers, who among you believes that “Our Lady’s army in battle array” just stands around silently, unarmed, refusing to use the weapon she gives us – that is, her rosary?
What struck me is that an organization of the most prominent lay Catholic leaders have staged a protest in the name of Mary that was silent. That did not publically recite her Rosary? Think of that. Silent.
That is, they chose to forego the true traditional Catholic protest of respectfully reciting the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in public; a practice that goes back so many centuries and is so richly indulgenced that it would have brought down floods of grace and strengthened the participants while weakening and driving out the ancient enemy. In place of the Rosary of the Mother of God – which she has continuously asked us for – they decided to stand in silent protest, not united in the one effective prayer that is actually the weapon of Our Lady, but instead in the silent interior of each one “praying in their own way” as is the way of the worldly today. A way that is perfectly acceptable to the false ecumenists of the neo-modernist, neo-paganist church of the man they propose to protest, Cardinal Marx. How he must have laughed at their impotent “protest”.
We seem to have reached a new low, when prominent lay Catholic leaders form themselves into an army of Our Lady while eschewing her own weapons in order to adopt the stance of the freemasonic enemy. Just think a moment of the many triumphs of Our Lady of the Rosary – and see the futility of this silly posing.
Yes, I said, silly posing. To pose for a photo holding a rosary, when the event had no intention of reciting the rosary in unity, openly, is pointless, utterly useless. A symbol, if you will of our failure to stand up for the only true Faith by which we are saved.
The Message of Fatima is that she herself desires that we call her, Our Lady of the Rosary.
Return to Fatima!
Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey: First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!