Friday, 17 January 2014

The Crisis

 Dear reader, I thank you for reading my blog this far, and today I’d like to speak of some things that concern me about what is happening in the Church. Now I could write many things, like comparisons of the Traditional Catholic and the Modern Catholic and so forth, but I thought I would take a different approach. There is one point that is obvious to all, Catholics have lost their unity. The Devil has succeeded in completely destroying the unity of the Catholics. There are liberal Catholics, conservative Catholics, Catholics in name only, sedevacantist Catholics, and so on. We can no longer agree on which Mass we should go to on Sunday, what spirituality we should have, or even what the Pope is talking about! And how did this all come about? It was when we let the world in. After the Second Vatican Council, we took away the kneelers, we changed the Mass, we began receiving Communion in the hand, we took away the Confession boxes, and we even destroyed beautiful churches so they would have a more modern look! And perhaps there are arguments for these points, but many men have changed their way of thinking in the Church. It’s this sense of “naturalism,” this idea that everyone is good, that there is no need for sacrifices, this worldly view that has ruined our unity! Our Lord Himself said that “If the world hateth you, know that it hated Me before.” This is not our home, heaven is. The world is full of pleasure, of sin, of rejection of God. We are either children of God, or children of the world. We cannot mix the two because they are completely opposed in everything! And yet we are seeing that the modern Church is trying to mix the two, and this is where the Devil succeeded. There is no more unity, and “A kingdom divided against itself will fall.”

 The second point that concerns me is the fact that Catholics are afraid to speak out for their Faith when it comes to other religions. We can read in the “Lives of the Saint” these great saints who died in the most horrible ways because they wouldn’t accept false religions. And yet here we are, saying that everyone is right, everyone is good, and no one has to convert. St. Thomas Aquinas once said that the Catholic Church is like Noah’s Arc - you cannot be saved outside of it. Our Lord gave us His Church so that we may have a guide to sanctification, a light to the Truth, and path to heaven! This narrow path is found in the Catholic Church alone, God cannot lead you to heaven through any other religion! And so, as Catholics, we are bound to proclaim this Truth! Yet our modern world tells us to keep quiet, to keep our beliefs inside and be nice to everyone all the time. The main argument for this is the example that Our Lord ate with sinners and criminals. But He ate with them to convert them, to proclaim the Truth! He didn’t sit there just to be nice and friendly to everyone, look what He did to those people selling in the temple! He didn’t say that it was nice that they were trying to make a tidy sum from selling sacrifices to people. He said that they turned the House of Prayer into a den of thieves! If we don’t proclaim the Church as it has always been, we will easily fall into this modern error. Let us proclaim the Gospel of Our Lord as it has always been taught!

Yet what should we do? Where should we go? How are we to think when the whole world is torn with confusion? Well, we go back and see what the people did when the times weren’t confusing. We stick to Tradition, to the teachings of the Doctors of the Church, to the Gospel! We cannot follow blindly all the time; God gave us an intellect and free will for a reason. If the Pope and the faithful begin saying things that are false or concerning, we have the obligation to think! We have to look around us and see the Truth. We must open our eyes and choose to see before our time here on earth is gone. Yes, the Pope may say some good things; the priests may give us very wise advice! But when we see confusion, division, and disorder, we must step back, be cautious, and cling to Tradition – the teachings that have been passed down to the Church for two thousand years. And please, I beg of you, pray the rosary. Our Lady knew these times would come so she gave us an amazing weapon. May Our Lord detach us from this earth, bless us with His graces, and Our Lady deliver us from this discord.

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