We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Edge of night; edge of darkness. An apocalypse for Canadians.




We stand at the edge of a long night, a creeping darkness. One would have to be an ostrich with his head in the sand to miss the signs heralding a season of woe. The end of the world? Hardly. The end of one civilization?

Internal political and social instability and collapse, economic tremors, the rise of belligerent nations, terror plots... . Liturgical mayhem may seem somewhat insignificant compared to the other challenges to the security and well being of persons.

Sexual politics dominate and distract the West. A sitting American president  engages in neo-colonialism by attempting to foist corrupt values on African nations. An American mega-corporation that receives public funding traffics in baby body parts. Its allies, who include that same sitting president, attempt to provide it cover. Those who are directly responsible for such crimes against humanity and crimes against culture cannot see that their actions are destroying innocence and are robbing yet another generation of its soul.
And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.—St. Matthew 10:28.
The battle for souls is far more dangerous and profound than any other temporal struggle. The campaign for people's hearts and minds will not be won by those who seek to impose inhuman ideologies by force. Yes, the darkness has already lost. The Light is conquering. Yet, many souls—between now and the final battle—will be dragged into oblivion if we do nothing to identify and confront the problem, protect the innocent, challenge the ignorant to reconsider their allegiances, confront and oppose evil with the love of Christ. The task at hand is to try and reach as many souls as possible with the saving news of the Holy Gospel.

Twilight

The descent of Western societies into madness will not be halted any time soon. We need battle ready foot soldiers to bring the Gospel into the marketplace of ideas. Real Catholics must run for public office. They must run political campaigns with integrity. It is not enough to be another cafeteria Catholic—which is to say an unfaithful Catholic—in a day and age when cafeteria Catholics have compounded problems in society and in the Church to an unprecedented degree. Cafeteria politicians in Canada have, it must be admitted, created in the order following a litany of vices constituting the culture of death: divorce culture (Trudeau I, 1967 as Minister of Justice); abortion culture (Pierre-Elliot Trudeau, 1969, as Prime Minister); redefinition of marriage (Paul Martin, 2005); euthanasia culture (Justin (son of Pierre-Elliot) Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, 2014). The aforementioned Cafeteria Catholics' actions constitute a transgression nothing short of spiritual treason.

In Canada, our Canadian "niceness" has replaced authenticity: moral authenticity; intellectual authenticity; political authenticity; social authenticity. Cafeteria Catholicism must be run out-of-town, so to speak, deported.

Fake is as old as the Eden tree.—Orson Welles

Our "nice" liturgies reflect our "nice", polite Canadian society. There is little that is polite about a country that does nothing to protect its weakest citizens. There is little to separate the attitude of indifference toward unborn human life from indifference to God and His soul-saving Gospel proclaimed by His Catholic Church.

There is little about the Ordinary Form of the Mass as commonly celebrated in any Canadian parish that is capable of inspiring people to take a stand for the Faith and/or defend the Liturgy from attempts to make it resemble more the loosely defined manifesto of contemporary socio-political correctness. The witness to Christ by far too many Canadian Catholics is, in a word, limp.

Surely the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council did not have in mind the trashy liturgy we have nowadays. Well, there were a few bishops back then who, more freemasons than Catholic bishops, attempted to dislodge the liturgical reform from continuity with the received Tradition of the Church. Now, don't get your knickers in a twist. The preceding thought was not an invitation to jump into the fetid swamp of the Bugnini freemason conspiracy theory.

Boot Camp

We need better formed Catholics. That is, Catholics formed with a robust knowledge of the Truth of Christ taught by His Church.

Where are Catholics formed in the Faith? In the Liturgy. The Holy Spirit acts in and through the Mass to bring people closer to Christ, to shape us in the way of love, hope, truth and authentic freedom. Parents who receive this formation carry it to their homes, the domestic church wherein their children are nurtured in the way of sacrificial love and communion with Christ and His Church.

Catholics will require a more robust liturgical formation in the Faith if there is to be a hope of continuing to serve in the medical and healthcare professions and in educational institutions.

Given likely future circumstances, Catholics will necessarily have to act more covertly with regards to evangelization given the pressure to conform to the ideologies imposed upon them. However, there will be no avoiding the risk or likelihood of censure, fine, loss of employment and possible prison terms for acting according to conscience, a conscience fully formed in the Catholic Faith.

How will we form good Catholics if the Liturgy is corrupt?

The Mass is the home of the formation of the soul. As it is, most parishes are slums where people are deprived of authentic formation in the Faith, the detail or nuance required to sustain people whose intellectual-moral diet is complicated by neo-pagan societal pressures.
For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.—Ephesians 6:12.
Why was it that God, through twelve very human men, could transform an empire, but now a billion plus Catholics cannot manage the conversion of the world? Could it be that quantity matters not and quality is lacking?

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.—Gilbert K. Chesterton

We can be certain that, as the neo-paganism continues to spread, Canadian niceness (a.k.a., "tolerance") will be reserved for the darlings of the statist quo, the happy secular and liberal religionists who inhabit the morally devastated urban precincts like citizens of the bloodthirsty Aztec empire who gathered at the base of a temple pyramid to drink in the obliteration of victims sacrificed to some insatiable deity in whom the populace placed their desires for success, wealth and power.

Basement Believers

Faithful Catholics should be prepared to be reacquainted with the power of the catacomb. We have failed to defend the Faith in the public square. We have allowed civilization to be appropriated by conscienceless hedonists who, among many other detestable character traits, care only about the fulfillment of their own baser instincts. It matters not to them whether other people are hurt by their deformed sense of entitlement.

The catacomb experience will require us to be as creative as our Catholic Chinese brethren who well understand the need to celebrate the Mass with integrity under clandestine circumstances.

Domestic Church

Society will only be scoured free of its state sanctioned detritus (intellectual and cultural genocide) when people of goodwill till the garden and, over several generations, produce a harvest of better citizens whose memory is long and true and eager to consign to oblivion the irrational ideologies of the current generation. That garden is the family authentically formed in the Divine Liturgy, the Liturgy that is Christ present and acting in His Church. We need holy parents raising holy children, children of hope and Gospel joy, children who are real human beings and obedient to Holy Mother Church.

The Church's mission must necessarily be grounded in prayer, prayer that conforms man, heart and soul, to the will of God.

What is the Church's sublime prayer? The Mass! We must be Mass-directed, otherwise we will be misdirected. To be Mass-directed, we must be faithful to the Tradition of the Church. The Mass is nothing if it is not living Tradition, the living Faith of the holy saints (versus the dead faith of the relativist). Mass without continuity with Sacred Tradition is not the Mass. It is mostly an invention of man.

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