Most traditional Catholics care so much about their Church. They love Jesus, Mary and Truth so much that they hurt seeing what goes on in most Catholic parishes and dioceses throughout the world. They weep with Mary in her sorrowful heart at how Jesus is treated at the Sacrifice of Calvary at most Novus Ordo masses. They continue to make up in their bodies and hearts, “what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His Body, which is the Church” Colossians 1:24.
So, I was thinking of positive concrete things we can do as traditional Catholics to renew our Church. So here are some ideas.
1) Faith. We pray because we have faith and know that God exists and is on our side. He suffers along with us seeing His Church is such disarray and bleeding (People leaving the Church). So we keep faith that God is working behind the scenes no matter what the popes, bishops, priests, religious and laity have done or are still doing that harms the Church. We can encourage each other to pray more and worry less. We can remind each other how powerful God really is. We can remind each other to have blind faith and that our prayers are being heard and will eventually be answered. “Our help in in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth”.
2) Get Educated. We are people who are above average readers and thinkers. We need to have the discipline to keep on getting and reading good books on “The Mass of All Ages” and on liturgy like Pope Benedict’s “The Spirit of the Liturgy”. We can continue to watch youtube videos about the Church before Vatican II and the Church after. Scientific empirical data is very important to open our own eyes and other people’s eyes, as to what has happened in our Church. In looking at random videos on youtube, we need to be careful not to get carried away with the Sedevacantist heresy or over simplification of what happened before and after Vatican II. I am totally sympathetic with their concerns but we can not copy their re-action of renouncing the pope.
Read Vatican II documents and compare them with the Councils and encyclicals of the popes before this council. Especially read Encyclicals of Popes Pius IX, X, XI, XII and Leo XIII. These are available on the Vatican’s web site. Especially study about the Councils of Trent and Vatican I. Most people do not even know that there were 20 councils before Vatican II.
Some books to read that are short and to the point are by Michael Davies. He has a Liturgical Revolution trilogy: “Cramer’s Godly Order (Vol. 1), Pope John’s Council (Vol. 2), and Pope Paul’s New Mass (Vol. 3). The short ones are “Short HIstory of the Roman Mass”, “The Catholic Sanctuary and the Second Vatican II”, “Liturgical Shipwreck”, “Liturgical Time Bomb of Vatican II”, “The New Mass”, “The Roman Rite Destroyed”, St. Anthanasius”, and “Vatican II and Religious Liberty”. Michael was very sympathetic to Archbishop Lefebvre.
“I have been profoundly touched by the news of the death of Michael Davies. I had the good fortune to meet him several times and I found him as a man of deep faith and ready to embrace suffering. Ever since the Council he put all his energy into the service of the Faith and left us important publications especially about the Sacred Liturgy. Even though he suffered from the Church in many ways in his time, he always truly remained a man of the Church. He knew that the Lord founded His Church on the rock of St. Peter and that the Faith can find its fullness and maturity only in union with the successor of St. Peter. Therefore we can be confident that the Lord opened wide for him the gates of heaven. We command his soul to the Lord’s mercy.”
You can order Michael Davis’ books from Tan or St. Benedict’s press (800 437-5876) or From Angelus Press (800 966-7337).
3) Write or Blog. There are so many blogs out there and so much written, but still if you have a gift for writing this is an opportunity to reach and educated some people. Most Catholics have never heard about the Latin Mass. Most people only know Catholic liturgy since Vatican II because most of the other people have died off. The written word is very powerful. I think of Nietzsche. He died in an insane asylum and left his books on philosophy in a shed. His sister had them printed and he is still extremely effective today in giving birth to atheists at most universities. So maybe you can only help one person. It is worth the time and effort.
4) Do the Math. Research the statistics of the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life before and after Vatican II. Research the number of Catholic who believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Communion. How many people are getting married in the Catholic Church now and then. How many missionaries are there now and then. How many are getting baptized. How many divorces before and now. How many churches and schools have been closed. What is the connection between the sex abuse by priest and the “new theology” of the Church. What was the definition of marriage before and after. Compare the Latin Mass with the New Mass in liturgical abuses.
5) Share Information. Do not be afraid to share your knowledge with those around you. Assume that most people are truly ignorant. Do not assume that they are prejudice against the Holy Latin Mass and truths that were held sacred before Vatican II. Just because we have all been so persecuted for loving our Catholic faith by other Catholics, does not mean all Catholics are that way. Be patient in sharing this information. Always do it in love. Remember truth has its own power. You tell the truth and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Do not be surprised if you are labeled an extremist. Just think how John the Baptist was viewed for wearing camel’s hair clothing and calling people vipers. Jesus was called the devil and a glutton. What should we expect. But above all things keep charity and patience. We did not discover the truth right away, it took time. Let us allow people the time they need.
6) Write letters. Take the time to write to Ecclesia Dei and Papal Nuncio for the United States. Write short concise letters with the facts. Include any letters or documents you have from your priests and bishops. Relate shortly the verbal responses you have receive from you bishop or pastor.
Papal Nuncio’s Address: 3339 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. Washington, DC.
Ecclesia Dei Address: Pontificia Commissio Ecclesia Dei, Palazzo della Congr. per la Docttrina della Fede, 00193 Roma Italy.
7) Go to the Latin Mass. Many wonderful traditional Catholics do not go to the Latin Mass because of the time or because they do not feel like going so far. Make the sacrifice to go every Sunday to support the traditional Catholic community.
9) Encourage Your Priest. The priests who are traditional are usually being treated as dogs by their bishop and other priests. So thank them and encourage them not to give up. Remind them that they will be persecuted here, but will have a great reward in Heaven.
In the mean time be so happy that you are one of the few Catholics who know the whole truth and are able to practice the Catholic Faith in a Traditional Way.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.