Traditional Struggle and a Sign of Contradiction

The passion of Jesus is the epitome of the struggle between Good and Evil.  Everyone of us is struggling each day with some serious problem.  Maybe it is a sickness we have or of someone we love very dearly.  Maybe it is an addiction we might have or someone else we care about.  Maybe it is the struggle with depression or other obsessive behaviors.  Maybe it is the struggle to find out what is our purpose in life.  Maybe it is a struggle to financially survive.  We can go on and on over each persons personal or families struggles.  But we do have in common the struggle to keep holy tradition.

rolando di gaetani 2011The spiritual struggle with the devil and the world is probably the most difficult and constant problem.  We traditionalist love Jesus so much.  We love His Holy Church so much.  We love what is sacred and holy so much.  But we still are struggling to defend truth and the sacred against a huge monster that grows instant by instant.

In Jesus’ passion and spiritual struggle we learn that He knew He had come into the world to struggle and be sacrificed on the cross.  He was obedient to His loving Father.  He loved each soul so much that he was willing to do His mission of preaching, exorcising and healing in preparation for His final mission of dying for our salvation.

As Jesus, we need to know we were born for a mission.  Everyone of us has a very very important mission with Jesus to save souls.  We were conceived in our mothers wombs for this great purpose.  Jesus knew very well His life had a purpose.  His mission was opposed from the instant of His birth.  But He also knew that was the price to be paid to complete His mission.  Here we see, that we too will be opposed from the very beginning of our lives to our end if we are serving Jesus.  Scan 110430010

Simeon announced to Mary and Joseph, at the presentation in the temple, that a sword would pierce Mary’s heart for the struggle of her Son who was a sign of contradiction.  How can we expect anything different.  If Mary suffered so much sorrow in union with her Son, we need to be prepared to have great sorrow in our traditional mission.  Neither Jesus or Mary stopped obeying God because of their sorrow or their struggle.  There is a difference between sorrow and depression.
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Our mission is to be victim souls and make reparation for all the sins that are going on in the church especially against the Blessed Sacrament.   Like not kneeling to receive God, or all the fragments that are dropped on the ground and stepped on all over the catholic world. Or the removal of the tabernacle and the lack of genuflecting in front of God present there within.  Or non catholics receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus with our knowing who they are receiving.  Or those who take the Sacred Host home as a souvenir from the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  Or the catholics who receive Jesus in the state of mortal sin.  Or the priest who celebrate mass in the state of mortal sin.

Our mission is to resist evil in the church and in the world by stating catholic truth in love when ever we have a chance.  Yes we will most likely not be listened to.  Yes we are a tiny voice spoken in a hostile and angry environment.  But we speak or write anyway.

Let us look at the boy David.  “And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to withstand this Philistine, nor to fight against him: for thou art but a boy, but he is a warrior from his youth.  And David said to Saul: Thy servant kept his father’s sheep and there came a lion, or a bear, and took a ram out of the midst of the flock: And I pursued after them and struck them and delivered it our of their mouth: and they rose up against me, and I caught them by the throat and I strangled and killed them.  For I thy servant have killed both a lion and a bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be also as one of them.  I will go now, and take away the reproach of the people: for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, who hath dared to curse the army of the living God.  And David said: ‘The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine’.  And Saul said to David: Go, and the Lord be with thee.
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 1 Kings: 17: 34-37.tlm11

We are dealing with a Giant today against what is tradition, what is holy and what is catholic.  We are the tiny kid trying to do what pleases God.  We will be successful in the long run.  When we see how huge the Giant is and become afraid, we need to instantly look UP at the God who made the heavens and the earth, the seas and what are contained there in.  Look up to the God who continues to do miracles and is on our side.  Then in comparison, the Giant seems so tiny and insignificant.   Everything we traditional catholics do is because we love God and can not stand that He is so disrespected in the Sacred Rites of our Church.  How can we not have God working with us.

Again the struggle is not with humans alone.  As St. Paul says: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood: but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.”  Ephesians 6: 12.  But this Giant we wrestle with has been conquered by Jesus and we need to stay very close to Him and His mother Mary.  St. Joseph is also known as “Terror of demons” and protector of the Church.Joseph_angel appearing in his sleep_GANDOLFI, Gaetano

In reflecting on Jesus struggle and victory, we know that like Him, we have a mission. Like Him we are obedient to the Father.  Like Him we know that we are signs of contradiction.  And Like Him, we know that Good always overcomes Evil.  We await the prize that Our Lord has prepared for those who love Him in heaven.  “But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love Him”.  1 Cor. 2: 9.

Instead of getting discouraged, we are encouraged and find meaning of our life as we complete our life, struggling side by side with Jesus.  He loves us so much.  He says: “do not worry, I am with you till the end of time”.