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Death

Lent is a good time to meditate on our death and the four last things.

Damsel of the Faith & Knight of Tradition

A sermon from St. John Vianney during this Holy Season of Lent:

A day will come, perhaps it is not far off, when we must bid adieu to life, adieu to the world, adieu to our relations, adieu to our friends. When shall we return, my children? Never. We appear upon this earth, we disappear, and we return no more; our poor body, that we take such care of, goes away into dust, and our soul, all trembling, goes to appear before the good God.

When we quit this world, where we shall appear no more, when our last breath of life escapes, and we say our last adieu, we shall wish to have passed our life in solitude, in the depths of a desert, far from the world and its pleasures. We have these examples of repentance before our eyes every day, my children, and we remain always the…

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Preparing for Lent

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The Church, in keeping with her motherly love and wisdom, has given her children these two and a half weeks before Lent to prepare and focus ourselves for this penitential season.  One cannot reasonably expect an immediate transition from the celebratory times of Christmas and Epiphany to the season of Lent.  God Himself, as the Master of all order, always has a Divine Plan in place to ensure this order.  He IS order is essence.  As such, He provides, through His Church, time for all of us to plan and prepare for each great and jubilant Church season.  Unfortunately, there will be some who reject this grace and will party away Shrove Tuesday to such an excess that they will enter Lent in the state of mortal sin.  What a terrible way to begin Lent!  But we must even avoid entering this holy season in a state of lukewarmness as well!

This time of preparation is also reflected well in the liturgy.  There are many even largely unknown customs in the liturgy, such as the Depositio of the Alleluia, which is still done in some traditional communities today.  You can read here for more if you’re interested:  http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2010/01/farewell-to-alleluia.html

For every successful plan, it is necessary to know exactly what is the goal of our preparations.  How should we thus enable ourselves to better commemorate the Passion and Resurrection?  Fr. Goffine explains:

As according to the teaching of St. Leo, the main thing in fasting is not that the body be deprived of food, but that the mind at the same time be withdrawn from wickedness, we should endeavor during Lent, not only to be temperate in eating and drinking, but especially to lead a modest life, sanctifying the days by persevering prayer and devoutly attending church.”

During Lent, we must strive first of all not to fall into a spirit of lukewarmness.  Today, the Lenten fast and abstinence has been reduced to such a minimum that it often seems hardly like a penance at all.  Abp. Lefebvre explained the reason for such a change:

At the Council, the bishops requested such a diminution of fast and abstinence that these prescriptions have practically disappeared. We must recognize the fact that this disappearance is a consequence of the ecumenical and protestant spirit which denies the necessity of our participation for the application of the merits of Our Lord to each one of us for the remission of our sins and the restoration of our divine affiliation [i.e., character as adoptive sons of God].”

It is true that the fasting and abstinence laws are laws of discipline, and not laws of doctrine, so these are in fact the official laws of the Catholic Church that bind under pain of mortal sin.  However, is this all we will do?  Especially in these days?  We are always called to do more than the minimum requirements anyway!  Otherwise, we would barely have a foot in the door to Heaven.  Most Catholics aged 21 and over with fully matured bodies and without physical impediments(e.g. pregnancy, diabetes) should be able to handle a longer period of fasting.  That being said, all Catholics should fast in many ways during Lent.  Fast with all of the five senses!

Of course, as Fr. Goffine notes, the main purpose of fasting is not to starve ourselves, but to strengthen our will against the things of this world.  This goes particularly for our passions, which God gave us to use for good.  However, indulging them continuously all year puts us in more danger of falling into all types of sin.  All soldiers must go through boot camp and training!  They would otherwise be at risk for becoming lax.  Why should the same not be true for soldiers of Christ?

What is most essential in Lent is that we improve ourselves in ways that are lasting.  Many Catholics wish to temporarily deny themselves a certain pleasure they enjoy, such as chocolate.  While the intentions here are praiseworthy, one should primarily strive to do penances that will stay with us and become habitual even after Lent.  After all, the person giving up chocolate will probably make up for it sufficiently after Easter.  An even greater penance, for example, would for us be as like a “chocolate” to our neighbor, as Mother Angelica would say.  This would help us to develop a greater charity.

Lent is also a splendid time to correct little faults and to turn towards the habit of the opposite virtue. For example, one who is in the habit of using swear words to “vent” his anger may focus particularly on improving this for Lent.  Fr. Goffine also made a point of mentioning a great prayer life and devout attendance at Mass.  During Lent we must resolve to persevere ever stronger in prayer and to meditate on the Passion and Death of Our Lord.  Frequent attendance at Mass and reception of Holy Communion is also to be much encouraged if possible.  If a Traditional Mass is not available during the week, then a daily spiritual communion should be done.  As St. John Vianney said, if we ever feel our love for God growing cold, immediately make a spiritual communion!

Finally, we must remember that the ways of God are always wholly good and are never meant to make us bitter or stoic.  One of the best works we can do during Lent and at all times is to be joyous, both to God and to our neighbor.  A gloomy saint is no saint at all.  A Lent well-spent is only a means for ever greater joy for now and eternity as we grow in our love of God!

~Steven C, “The Knight of Tradition”

Prayers for John Vennari

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John Vennari, editor and publisher of Catholic Family News, appears to be on his deathbed – “in the active stages of dying” from colon cancer.  Please remember him in your prayers and commend his soul to God, if it be his will that he leave the fight here on earth to be joined to the Church Suffering/Church Triumphant, to intercede for us still left in the battle for the truths of the Faith under attack. He begs for our prayers. In your charity, join with Traditional Catholics all over the world and pray for John. May God be with him and may he be rewarded for his faithfulness to Catholic Tradition and his defense of the Faith.

Michael Matt’s heartfelt post about his brother in Christ:

A few moments ago I spoke via telephone with a Catholic gentleman, a beloved husband, a father and dear friend. His name is John Vennari, and he was told earlier today by his doctors that he is now in the “active stages of dying.”

John asked me to do him a favor and help him notify his many, many friends all around the world that he may not live to see his birthday on Friday. He wishes everyone to know that he’s not in pain. He wishes us all to know that, as he put it, “either we believe in Divine Providence or we don’t. I believe in it, and I know that God has known for all eternity that I would be here in this hospital today, ready to die.”

John also believes in miracles, as do I. And so anything is possible with God. But John said nothing about miracles just now. I think he wants us all to know that he’s ready, that he loves God, and that his faith is so much stronger than his body just now. He wants our prayers.After all this man has done for us, for the Church, for the Catholic cause, I don’t think I need to beg for prayers for John Vennari. All I need to do is tell you that this beautiful soul wants us to pray for him, and I know that tens of thousands of grateful Catholics will do it.

His last words to me just now were to plead that , no matter what happens, we not give up the fight for Catholic restoration. “Please, keep it going. You must keep it going.” What does it say about the caliber of this warrior for Christ that, from what his doctors are now calling his deathbed, John Vennari’s concerns are still for the Traditional Catholic cause he defended all his life.

I will share whatever updates and information I receive from John and his dear wife, Susan—who now stands faithful watch at John’s side. Also, please pray for John’s beloved young daughters, Elizabeth and Philomena, and for his loyal son, Benedict, but especially for their dad who they love and cherish and respect more deeply than I can describe.

Thank you, John, for everything. God is with you, Mary is at your side and, all over the world, thousands of your brothers and sisters in Christ are with you right now, every step of the way, united with you in prayer. You are not alone, and your unshakable faith shines like a beacon for us all. Pray for us, John. And I know you know these are the most difficult words I’ve ever written.

God bless you, and Mary keep.

St. Philomena and Our Lady of Fatima—please pray for our brother John.

“The doctors say I don’t have much time left. Please pray for me and for my Purgatory. Was blessed to receive Last Rites yesterday and the apostolic blessing.”

St. Joseph, Patron of a happy death, ora pro John!

~Damsel of the Faith

Being truly Pro-Life: A rebuttal against the contraceptive mentality

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It is a great tragedy that there are so many who are counted as part of the Pro-Life movement who, by their stances, are actually quite anti-life.  Perhaps they will “stand up for life”, as they will say,  and even attend pro-life rallies.  But for all of their apparently strong stances against abortion, their positions on contraception are very lukewarm.  How hypocritical!  Not even counting all of the inherent problems of contraception, how many of these “pro-lifers” are aware that “the pill” often functions as an abortifacient?

Abortion is really only the logical end to this contraceptive mindset, ever so horribly prevalent in today’s world.  This post is not intended to cast judgement on those who have unfortunately been led into deception regarding these matters.  We all know of the brainwashing occurring in academia-including and especially in the parochial schools!  Even in the Church itself, there has been such a grave spreading of errors.  Oftentimes, the more liberal conciliarists will encourage any form of birth control outside of abortion(assuming they oppose abortion), while the more conservative ones will generally recommend NFP as an alternative.  This is also a false solution since “Natural Family Planning”(more properly called The Rhythm Method) is only allowed under grave circumstances.  It would also be wise for couples to seek the advice of a priest when necessary.  We see the success of the “conservative” approach when the polls show that 90-95 percent of Catholics contracept(!!).  No, we must be fully committed to Life as expressed in the infallible teachings of the Church!

The following attached article was featured in the February 1991 issue of The Angelus in the “Ambrose Observes” column.  The author correctly points out that as abortion is an absolute evil, totally contrary to the natural law; it is not an appropriate topic for debate.  The real battle lies in the contraceptive mentality.  Seek primarily to destroy this argument!  Obviously, there may be slight exceptions to the article’s approach depending on prudence and the situation.  For example, if one is debating with someone ignorant of what an abortion really is, I would recommend first showing him a video such as this one, detailing the abortion procedure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgw4X7Dw_3k .  And, of course, it goes without saying that while our debates must be firm and uncompromising, they must be always done with true Charity and with the intention of saving souls. 

A guide in debating the evils of Abortion and Contraception:

 

“Last month I made the claim that abortion is not an appropriate topic for debate. We must not “debate” an absolute evil, for in so doing we already weaken our own position. I suggest two methods of closing off discussion—one, with the clean, concise statement: “It is an abominable evil act to murder babies”; (if the response comes, “But it’s not a baby…” respond with “It’s certainly not a park bench or a straw hat” and put the burden of proof on the twisted mind pretending that a fetus is not a baby. Make them prove that bread dough is not bread). Two, when the stupid statement is made, “It’s the woman’s own body; she has the right to do with it as she pleases,” ask first if she has the right to cut off her own left leg or if she should be stopped, and then say, “It is not her own body; the child has different genes, a different blood type and different fingerprints. Do you believe a host has the right to kill a guest sleeping under his roof?” Then make them vindicate Macbeth’s murder of the sleeping King Duncan. End of discussion.

Move, then, the conversation to its real battlefield—contraception—and prepare to fight long and hard. This is the captured moral ground that must be reclaimed. First, reread Pope Paul VI’sHumanae Vitae and have it clearly in mind. Begin the conversation by establishing first and foremost that abortion is merely the logical evil end of a contraception mentality, a mentality that is obsessively and sickly materialistic, naturalistic and egotistic. The first assault must be to assert the spiritual basis of the argument. The question of sexuality and procreation is a supernatural question, not a natural one. Allow me to quote the great Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor in a letter written to a friend:

The Church’s stand on birth control is the most absolutely spiritual of all her stands and with all of us being materialists at heart, there is little wonder that it causes unease. I wish various fathers would quit trying to defend it by saying that the world can support 40 billion. I will rejoice the day when they say: This is right whether we all rot on top of each other or not, dear children, as we certainly may. Either practice restraint or be prepared for crowding…

The insight focuses the issue: This is an “absolutely spiritual” concern and the Church’s position is “right.” However many children may populate the earth, their first, basic right is to find, love and serve their God, and no mere human being has the right to prevent those individual souls from finding their salvation or condemning them to eternal emptiness or preventing them from being born. When your opponent raises the specter of the overpopulated land or the masses of starving children and accuses you of not caring about the suffering multitudes that would result from the lack of availability of contraceptive devices, immediately move the argument back to the spiritual level by pointing out your Lord and His Church are the only avenue on earth that genuinely cares for the suffering and offers the possibility of eternal redemption through that suffering. To prevent those children from being born and never knowing suffering is to keep them deliberately away from eternity and the loving, healing, redeeming Cross of Christ.

Go on to point out that this argument has become an excuse for Americans to immerse themselves in selfish solipsism. Because there might be famine in the Sudan, Joe and Susie refrain from the natural and supernatural end of their marriage vows—the procreation of children. They sit by themselves in a four-bedroom house furnished to the top of fashion, with a two-car garage and a boat out back; they dress to the nines with the most stylish threads, and eat at all the chic new restaurants; they buy all the most modern conveniences and travel to Paris, Bermuda and Vancouver just to “get away”; then they give some bucks to the Feed the Children campaign and feel they are doing their part to make a better world. In fact, they are starving to death spiritually. They have a kind of spiritual anorexia nervosa. As the victim ofanorexia refuses to eat because of a fear of fat, thus blocking a natural function and starving slowly to death, so the victims of contraception refuse to bear children because of the fear of overpopulation, thus blocking a natural and supernatural function and spiritually starving to death.

Or let us turn to a different eating disorder to further the argument—bulimia. This is the disease where a person eats huge amounts of food for the sole purpose of pleasure in the consumption of Big Macs, pizza, Twinkies, milk shakes and Snickers, and then forces the stomach to vomit the food back up, denying to the body the nutrient value of the food, in essence, violating the whole purpose of eating—nutrition. The contraception proponents do exactly the same thing. They view the function of copulation as purely pleasurable. By the use of contraceptive devices, they deny the natural function of the act, the creation of children, just as the bulimic denies the natural function of eating, nutrition. The users of contraception, by denying natural law, are starving physically. Our society has become very concerned about eating disorders and believes that the bulimic is a desperately sick individual who needs help, for in denying the need for food, the bulimic has inverted the natural order of eating whose end is nutrition for the body but whose means may be pleasurable as well. They are committing suicide by starvation in an attempt to experience pleasure. Those who use contraception are also desperately sick; they have inverted the natural order of sexual union whose end is procreation but whose means may be pleasurable as well. They are committing racial suicide and starving spiritually in an attempt to experience pleasure. We should be every bit as concerned for these sick individuals, who now, in the throes of their contraceptive pleasure-seeking frenzy, are killing any child they may happen to conceive and which may interfere with their continued limitless self-gratification. Let your opponent sort that one out and argue that one away. To support contraception is to support bulimia; to stop the bulimic is to stop the user of contraception.

And one last brutal argument that I apologize for, but that must finally be made. To willfully remove the possibility of fertility from the woman and the possibility of contraception from the sexual act is to make all such acts similar to homosexual acts. Women become “like men”; they can no longer conceive. Sex is pure pleasure minus the consequences. Promiscuity explodes, relationships collapse, genders lose definition. Heterosexual couples have taken on the worst aspects of sinful homosexual union and the results are evident everywhere in society. Say openly to your opponent, those who use contraception are becoming “mock homosexuals” with all the unpleasant and destructive results. Such a charge will shock any decent nature into a harsh and serious consideration of the contraception question; those decent folks will never again be free to pursue pleasure in that anti-natural and anti-supernatural way without being haunted by the accusation that they are degrading themselves in a manner they despise. It may be just the jolt their consciences need to set them back on the road to God’s truth that they wandered mindlessly away from because the apple of pleasure smelled sweet and looked ripe, unaware that Satan was the power offering them that fruit.”

 

In closing, The Damsel and I ask that all of our readers pray for John Vennari and his family.  For those who have not heard, fellow Catholic writer Colleen Hammond has informed that Mr. Vennari’s condition from his battle with cancer has worsened.  He is in the hospital with his family and a priest has administered Extreme Unction to him.  Let us pray that God’s Will be done.

~ Steven C., “The Knight of Tradition”

The great Sign of Revelation is appearing in the heavens

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“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.”  ~Revelation 12:1-2

A little known astronomical event of great importance began on November 20, 2016. Jupiter “the King planet” enters the body of the constellation Virgo (the virgin). Jupiter spends the next 9 ½ months within the “womb” of the constellation, Virgo, the time a baby spends in its mother’s womb. Jupiter will exit Virgo on September 23 of this year. At this time, the sun will be aligned with Virgo, alluding to the “Woman clothed with the sun” the moon will literally be beneath her feet. Twelve stars will be above her head, comprised of the nine stars of the constellation Leo, in addition to the planets Mercury, Venus & Mars.

This has never happened before in the history of mankind. Could this be the sign of Revelation? This is happening at a crucial year, being the centennial of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the Woman with power over the heavens & the earth.

The Son of God foretold…

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves…”   ~Luke 21:25

What are you thoughts?

~Damsel of the Faith

 

On “Fiftiesism”

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A common argument put forth by some Catholics in defense of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae is that weekly attendance at Holy Mass began to decrease in the 1950’s.  Thus, the “Novus Ordo” itself would be exempt from much of the blame for the current lukewarm climate in the Church, since it was implemented after the statistics started to trend downward.  

Response:  It is true that Sunday Mass attendance among Catholics in the West started to decrease about a decade before Vatican II.  On the one hand, we cannot ignore the errors of Vatican II and the New mass and the absolute chaos that has ensued since both have been implemented.  On the other hand, what then is the origin of the very beginnings of these “rotten fruits”?  It is amazing that as strong as the Church structures appeared to be in the 1950’s, they were almost totally demolished by Modernism a decade or so later. 

As the events in the life of Christ parallel those of His Church, we can draw a certain parallel between Palm Sunday and Our Lord’s Passion and the 1950’s and the post-Vatican II era.  In the Palm Sunday Gospel, Our Lord is greatly exalted and honored as he triumphantly rides into Jerusalem.  However, to say there were many who hated him was an understatement.  Plots to take His life were being dreamed of by the Jews, culminating in His capture only a few days later.  

Similarly, in the 1950’s, Christ’s Church was enjoying an almost unprecedented apparent rise to glory in the world.  I need not explain it in detail; everyone who is familiar with the period or has lived in it himself will know exactly what I mean.  The plans of the enemies of Our Lord to subvert the Church were already well-advanced though.  Still, one can wonder whether this was such a golden age for the Church as is often perceived.  If the Faith was held ever so fervent, then how did so many, if not most, of these same Catholics lose their faith and make such severe compromises with the world a mere decade later?

This leads to the discussion of the errors spread most prominently in the West particularly following World War II.  Although many hold “officially” that the West emerged victorious in this war, further research may prove the opposite.  For purposes of this post, let us just say that the true concept of authority was destroyed and the West made many compromises with evil.  It is simply a fact that many errors of the Revolution were firmly entrenched in the West by the 1950’s.  

Unfortunately, so many Catholics, if not the great majority, had fallen into many of these errors and were making compromises with the world, thus watering down their Faith.  Many traditional Catholic priests(particularly SSPX priests) have coined this perilous spirit as “Fiftiesism”.  Despite the apparent great growth of the Church, such a state could not last very long with such widespread lukewarmness.  God, however, in His infinite love and mercy, would provide graces for those Catholics of good will to remain faithful.  One very great grace was His gift of Abp. Lefebvre, who would continue to preserve the sacred priesthood and fight for the good Faith!   

In the letter attached below, Bp. Richard Williamson, then Rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary(SSPX), describes some of the main errors of “Fiftiesism”.  After dismantling these errors, he points out the simple remedy: to remain fully faithful to Our Lord and His Church.  Let us strive then to simply be found faithful!

From the August 1998 “Letter From the Rector”:  

         

Following on the mention of “Fiftiesism” in last month’s letter, a reader reasonably asked what it is, and if there is anywhere he can read up on it. Since Fiftiesism is a serious threat to “Traditional” Catholics, and since little has to my knowledge been written about it as such, let us examine it here.

“Fiftiesism” is a name for the kind of Catholicism that was generally practised in the 1950’s, between World War II and Vatican II. To many Catholics who can look back that far, the 1950’s seem like a golden age for the Church, because all kinds of Catholic systems were still up and running that crashed a few years later. On the other hand, precisely because so many Catholic systems crashed in the 1960’s and 1970’s, not all can have been well with the Church in those 1950’s. There must have been “something rotten in the State of Denmark”.

For instance the magnificent building now housing the Seminary in Winona was put up by the Dominicans, sparing no expense, in the early 1950’s, only to be abandoned by them in 1970, and sold for a song. And this Novitiate for their central United States Province was merely one Catholic institute amongst thousands all over the world that followed this path from riches to rags. Can the 1950’s really have been such a golden age as they seem?

Fiftiesism is then the name for what was wrong alongside – or inside – all that was right in the practice of Catholicism in the 1950’s. Church structures stood tall but termites were burrowing away within, so that with one strong push from Vatican II, the structures were all ready to fall over. Traditional Catholics today must take thought to avoid re-building a Church of the 1950’s all ready to fall over again!

To illustrate what was good as well as bad in the Catholicism of the 1950’s, let us think of English Catholicism in the 1520’s, just before the Reformation in England of the 1530’s and 1540’s.

On the good side, England looked in the 1520’s like a completely Catholic nation. It had been Catholic for nearly 1,000 years, with the result that for an Englishman then to be Catholic was the most normal and simple thing in the world. Young King Henry VIII was so Catholic that he was awarded by Rome the title of “Defender of the Faith” for his refutation of Luther’s errors! As for the English people, a scholarly book was written a few years ago to prove how Catholic they still were, as though the Reformation was none of their fault.

Alas, on the bad side, what were the fruits of this 1520’s Catholicism? By the end of the 1550’s Catholics were being persecuted, and Queen Elizabeth I was skillfully and ruthlessly maneuvering England into national apostasy, wherein to remain Catholic was a glorious but highly dangerous avocation. Catholic priests were hunted down by her secret police, hanged, drawn and quartered as traitors, so that while an English priest in the 1560’s had to have the same Catholic Faith and priesthood as a priest in the 1520’s, nevertheless in the transformed circumstances he was called upon to be a quite new kind of priest. Hence the Jesuit Order, “old and new”.

What had happened? The Catholicism of English Catholics in the 1520’s had been tried by the Lord God and found wanting. As events of the 1530’s and 1540’s proved, their Catholicism, which we might call “Twentiesism”, had been too much of a shell-game. The clergy had “lacked grace” (Thomas More). As for the people, they had resisted, for instance in the Pilgrimage of Grace, but not enough. So God punished English Twentiesism by letting it turn into the permanent shell-game of Anglicanism (known in the U.S.A. as Episcopalianism), founded on Elizabeth’s Anglican Establishment.

Now imagine a Jesuit priest in England of the 1560’s saying to the small congregations of his faithful remnant, “My dear people, all is changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born. No more Twentiesism!”, and you can see why a Traditional priest would say to Traditionalists in the 1990’s, “No more Fiftiesism!”

In fairness to English Catholics of the 1520’s, the problem of their shell-game had been building up over many generations before them, and it did not mean that every English Catholic was losing or would lose the Faith, because of course there was a glorious first harvest of martyrs under Henry VIII, and a second under Elizabeth I.

In fairness likewise to the Fiftiesism of our own time, the pre-Vatican II shell-game was the end-product of 150 years of Liberal Catholicism blending Church and world, attempting to combine the values of the Faith with those of the Revolution, and not every Catholic of the 1950’s proved to be deep-down in love with the world, because, as in Reformation England, a by the grace of God faithful remnant pulled through Vatican II to constitute the bedraggled but glorious remains of the Tridentine Church known to us as “Tradition”, or the Traditionalists”!

At the heart then of Fiftiesism in our own time is that while outwardly the Faith in the 1950’s seemed to be lived, practised and defended, and the Mass was the Mass of all time, nevertheless inwardly too many Catholics’ hearts were going with the world. Thence it was simply a matter of time before all those strict priests celebrating the ancient liturgy with every detail in place, would throw away their birettas and loosen up with eucharistic picnics improvised from one moment to the next. Americans old enough remember how suddenly this change could take place, almost overnight. The inside was rotten. Many Catholics pretended to love God, but really they loved the world. God spat them out at Vatican II.

But why in the 1950’s were so many Catholics inwardly loving the world? Because the modern world, industrialized and suburbanized, is too much with us, all-glamorous, all-powerful, all-seductive. For even if a man and his family are intent upon remaining Catholic, still man remains a three-layered creature, not only individual and familial but also social, and all three layers are connected. Hence society exerts an enormous anti-Catholic pressure upon Catholics when it has been, like ours, largely in the grip of Masonic Revolutions for the last 200 years.

To illustrate Fiftiesism here in the U.S.A. (since most readers of this letter are Americans, but of course Fiftiesism was worldwide, as was Vatican II), let us quote three anti-Catholic principles firmly believed in by many American Catholics of the 1950’s (and 1990’s?), one social, one familial, one individual, amongst many others.

False social principle: separation of Church and State. This deadly error means that Jesus Christ is no longer King over society, He is only King of the sacristy. Society can supposedly do as it likes, and Our Lord has nothing to say! On the contrary read in the Bible the history of the People of God from Abraham and Moses through David, Solomon and Ezra to see if God’s religion tells peoples what as peoples they must do!

False familial principle: co-education. Boys are designed by God quite differently from girls because He has quite different parts for them to play in life. So the Catholic Church has always known and taught that from as early an age as possible, let us say no later than seven or eight, they should be taught differently and separately. Yet how many “Catholics” in the U.S.A. were accustomed to coeducation in the 1950’s and still see no problem with it in the 1990’s? Not even in the most primitive tribes will you find coeducation! They have too much sense!

False individual principle: the split between “religion” and real life. To how many “Catholics” in the 1950’s was “religion” what one did on Sunday morning while in real life the world was being saved, for instance from Communism, by the American Constitution, free enterprise, etc. etc.? No doubt the Faith was believed in, every article of it, but how many “Catholics” let that Faith form their character and define their view of the world? How many “Traditionalists” to this day really put their trust in Our Lord Jesus Christ to solve problems of home, family, politics, education, economics, the arts, etc., etc.? How many on the contrary seek to “enjoy” the world as much as they can, to have all possible “fun”, while keeping just short of mortal sin? That is pure Fiftiesism, and it will have the same disastrous results.

What is the solution to Fiftiesism, then and now? It is not complicated. The problem lies in pretending to put God first but not really doing so. The solution lies in obeying the First Commandment first, in loving the Lord God – Jesus Christ – with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength and with all our mind, and in putting no other gods or solutions before Him. Nor is it impossible to do so. The world, the flesh and the Devil may dominate our environment as never before in all history, but God remains God and we remain children of His Mother.

A powerful and practical means she obtained from her Son to help us put the First Commandment back in place is the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. These were given only twice at the Seminary this year, but they brought forth a bouquet of testimonials from which we shall quote next month to encourage you to make use of one of the Society’s three retreat houses in the U.S.A.. Go to the retreats where you hear they really knock down, drag out the retreatants! Those are where the action is!

And may Our Lord pull all of us back from the world, the flesh and the Devil, lest His Chastisement catch us still in Fiftiesism, ready for Hell!

 

~ Steven C., “The Knight Of Tradition”

Some of my treasures

Since I hardly ever share a personal post, here are some treasures of mine, that I recently bought. You all get to see the Damsel’s taste, although I believe a lot of it is self evident from the blog here.

Enjoy the pictures. Feel free to share your own in the comments. St. Joan of Arc & Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis!

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An authentic picture of the great Pope St. Pius X.  Holy Card is from the 1930s.