What ever kind of catholic you may be, traditional or progressive, we do need to agree that there is much disagreement in what we believe in. Jesus prayed that we be of one heart and on mind. Here is a comment I received that shows there is not unity in our church. Disunity has always been in the church, but it has become more severe since Vatican II.
“In a recent “Bible Study” my pastor was talking of grace and ways to receive that grace. He mentioned prayer, good works, loving your neighbor, etc…. I was waiting for him to say that the Sacraments give us grace ….but, he didn’t. When I spoke up and said, “Jesus gave us the Sacraments”, he said in a challenging voice, “OH??? He did?? And which Sacraments did He give us?”….I answered him and said that God’s grace is in the Sacraments and how beneficial it is for us to receive it, he said, “you really believe that???…” I said “Yes, I do”….and he laughed and said, “you’re a fool”……
Now, I am not disturbed that he called me a fool. I am disturbed that a Catholic priest could diminish the Sacraments of the Church. Why be a priest or why be a Catholic if we don’t believe in what Jesus gave us? Or, I guess he would say Jesus didn’t give us these things.
I didn’t argue back as my head was spinning. I was afraid that I was being thrown into yet another battle with another liberal priest. I don’t want to argue with these priests, but I wonder why they ARE priests if they don’t believe. Is the pay, benefits, lifestyle that good that they can stay in this vocation as a “job”…..? I don’t understand…
I DO understand, however, that traditional priests suffer when in parishes with liberal priests. I’ve spoken to them & it’s very hard for them.
….And I wish Father FC to know that faithful laity are out there who would appreicate you!! There are many like-minded lay faithful who suffer silently in saddness and tears. You are not alone, Father.
God bless you for you devotion, solid faith and strong witness. Thank you for being traditional !”
For this reason each one of us needs to keep studying our faith and sharing the truth. We traditionalist are having a good influence even when it does not seem so. Truth is a seed that can not be destroyed. It can lay dormant for a long long time. But it will have a good effect eventually, if the hearer has good will. There were seeds found inside the pyramids of Egypt that were thousands of years old, yet still could give life once put into a fertile environment.
Jesus has chosen us to be the sowers of the true traditional seed.
“He that soweth, soweth the word. And these are they by the way side where the word is sown, and as soon as they have heard immediately Satan cometh, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these likewise are they that are sown on the stony ground: who when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but are only for a time: and then when tribulation and persecution ariseth for the word they are presently scandalized. And others there are who are sown among thorns: these are they that hear the word, and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches , and the lusts after other things entering in choke the word, and it is made fruitless. And these are they who are sown upon the good ground, who hear the word and receive it, and yield fruit, the one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred. St. Mark 4: 14-20
Jesus also says that unless the seed falls into the ground and dies, it does not give LIFE. All the persecution we traditional catholic suffer is a form of the seed dying to give life back into our holy church. It could be compared with donating blood so that others can get a blood transfusion. In love we continue to serve God with our lives and what we do and say. It is well worth it to be a traditional catholic.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.