A Little Irony

A little irony can make us smile, it can confuse us or frustrate us. An example: I have encountered priests and members of the laity who fret about the Church, about shrinking congregations, about lukewarm Catholics who have little or no interest in what the Church teaches, about the short confession lines and the LONG lines of people coming forward to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. I have written letters to bishops pointing out that the traditional orders of nuns and priests – those who adhere to and hold onto traditional spirituality, traditional liturgy and traditional ways of living – are bursting at the seams with applicants to enter their order. Meanwhile, those orders which have gone the easier, more liberal and downright silly route to “tolerance and diversity and social justice” are vanishing rapidly and dying on the vine. The response of those fretting folks and these bishops is always mystifying to me – they really do not see a connection between abandoning traditional practices and dried up vocations and depleted congregations. I am 52 years old – I am usually the youngest person at weekday Masses – what will become of the Church if we do not go back to what works?
The irony is this: the fruit of traditional Catholic liturgy and teaching is proven and undeniable. But those folks who dare to live this way and whose success and happiness are very evident are rejected, talked about, avoided and even persecuted. A friend of mine was even told by a priest “I know you are right but I still disagree with you” The enemies of the Church – inside and outside the Church – are enemies of tradition. It is tempting to think that the chaos and confusion we see are intentional. Maybe the problem is that to face this reality, this truth, then places a heavy responsibility on the person in a position to effect change in the right direction – this might be a responsibility too heavy for some to shoulder. However, it is a sure thing that those clergy and laity with the gumption, the zeal and the unwavering faith to begin this return to tradition will experience a joy and happiness unknown to those who conform to the current norm of mediocrity and failure.
There are approximately 20 families in our homeschool community – these good people are experiencing the great fruit and joy of living the way God wants us to live. We will continue the good fight – with the grace of God – to be a small part of the turning back of our society to God and His Church.
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More irony soon – God Bless.