The Holy Spirit is definitely leading traditional Catholics to know their faith. But like other religions, most ordinary Catholics know very very little about their faith. Most are ignorant about the Bible and Catholic dogma. They know nothing about the early christian writings like the Didache or the writings of the Apostolic Fathers (St. Ignatius of Antioch, St Clement of Rome, St. Polycarp of Smyrna). They also know very little about what it meant to be a Catholic before Vatican II. They do not even know that there were 20 Ecumenical councils before Vatican II and what those councils taught. Proof by a Picture of Vatican I
To make my point, I ask how many Catholics know that there was a Vatican Council I? The simple way of showing most Catholics ignorance is to give the easy proof by stating the fact why it is called Vatican Council II. The proof is in the Roman Numeral II (2) which can only follow the Roman Numeral I (1). From this simple deduction, hopefully for those who did not know it, there was a council previous to Vatican II. From this fact we have been enlightened by this simple deduction and have arrived at the truth. I am making this point to show how we Traditional Catholics, with the help of the Holy Spirit, have discovered Catholic truth. In a world full of deceit and lies, one has to be cautious about what to believe or not. This is true when one is learning Catholic teachings as well. So when one is lead to the truth, one at last feels at home, settled in the heart and the mind. The more one prays and studies, truth is eventually revealed. We traditional Catholics have discovered 2000 years of truth and at last have found a safe home, a place where we are satisfying our spiritual thirst and are at last able to drink from the fountain eternal truth. We no longer have to use bacteria test to the water before we can quench our thirst. We have discovered that, in the Latin Mass, the theology, books and prayers, that came from before Vatican II, are safe places to be. We can walk easily without having to cautiously advance so as to not stumble upon the land mines of evolutional changing spirituality and theology that have permeated the Church today. Yes there is truth contained in the Church after Vatican II, but it is intermixed with progressive changes. Catholic dogma can never be changed. When we go to the Latin Mass we get simple, plain Lex Orandi that has been practices for hundreds of years by the saints. When we get a book from Tan Books we do not have to cautiously see if there is this “changed catholic way of thinking and progressive heresy” intertwined among some truth. When we go to the Latin Mass, we do not have to worry about what “Father Please the Crowd” is going to tell us. We can go and just relax at the feet of Jesus and let His teachings fill our hungry hearts. Out in the world we have to be always on our guard. We traditional Catholics have finally discovered a holy, safe Church that cares about our lives and souls. For this reason we want to share this wonderful treasure with everyone. We want to invite everyone, ordinary Catholics, christians and pagans to come to know this safe haven, this place where one can relax and just let God surround you with His Love, His graces and saving truth. The Catholic Church is a place for the most intelligent person in the world and all the way to the tiny child just beginning to discover reality. But to come into the reality of this treasure, you have to sell all else. “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” Matthew 13: 44. That means having the discipline to start doing the study that it will take to know that you are in the right religion. For some people, it can be as easy as just one time assisting and praying at a Latin Missa Cantata. I have met some people who instantly felt close to God and at home by attending one Latin mass. But for the majority of us, it is a very slow process and takes a great deal of humility. Once I can accept that I do not know everything about my Catholic faith, I can humbly begin to learn more and more. I can honestly say that having been born a Catholic, having doubted my faith, having studied my faith, being a priest, I still have so much to learn. But how wonderful it is to be able to keep on learning and growing in my faith and in my personal relationship with God everyday and every minute of my life.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.