Hard Lessons


Note: The picture above is some Catholics who have mustered the courage to proclaim the truth; we cannot escape the Cross if we are worthy to be called Christians.  And we cannot expect to combat the enemy in a safe place, free to express ourselves, with no risks. The first Pope learned this as did many of his successors.

“And He said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9, 23)

Hard times teach us the hard lessons. Thanks be to God for hard lessons! What I’ve learned from the Munich debacle is that the public display of traditional Catholic devotion has now been replaced by the post-Christian “moment (or hour) of silence”.  And that this silencing of the true Catholic message is acceptable to traditional Catholics. As the full significance of this dawned on me, I began to see that traditional Catholicism is in danger today of losing its heart – the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

For more than a century now, the Church has betrayed Our Lady’s message at Fatima. Since we have been made aware that this devotion to the Immaculata is the last chance, and since leaders, even lay leaders are aware of what is at stake and still seem to believe that other considerations override the importance of the message of Fatima, we must redouble our efforts to bring grace into this situation by offering – and living! – our Consecrations and by offering ever more attentive prayers, especially Rosaries, and especially for our lay Catholic leaders, who need grace along with our priests, under such great stress today.

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Mission Impossible Munich 2020

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.

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