"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
I’ll be gone for a few days (over the rainbow!), but while I’m away, you might want to take a look at the video below.
Starting in October, the Vatican has announced, we enter a “Year of Faith”. It begins on October 11, which is the date of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. There are big plans for the Year of Faith, of course, and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggests that “The Year of Faith will offer a special opportunity for all believers to deepen their knowledge of the primary documents of the Second Vatican Council”.
I think it would also be instructive to stop hiding some of the seamy underside of the Council, and to admit that there were forces that were bent on de-Catholicizing the Mass and other aspects of the faith in order to make the Church more palatable to the Protestant world. Not only were they present, they accomplished much of their agenda.
The video below is an excellent show by Michael Voris, produced in 2010, called “Weapons of Mass Destruction” – it’s part of the series called “CIA: Catholic Investigative Agency”. This video is a great expose of the forces that were behind the destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass.
This show – and many others like it – are available to premium subscribers of CMTV; however, CMTV allows limited sharing of the videos, so I’m embedding it here. If you appreciated the work of Michael Voris and ChurchMilitant.TV, I recommend that you become a premium subscriber – go here for more on that.
Now, here’s a bit of a teaser to encourage you to watch the video, which is just under an hour long.
The thesis statement of the program is this:
That certain individuals at Vatican II set about to destroy the theology of the Catholic Mass which would ultimately destroy the Catholic Church.
This bold thesis is backed up with extensive research, according to Voris – hundreds of hours’ worth. I have no reason to doubt that this is true.
At the beginning of the video, Voris notes that many of those who sought to destroy the “old” Mass were not shy about what they were doing. For instance:
“This needs to be said without ambiguity: the Roman rite as we knew it no longer exists. It has been destroyed.” – Fr. Joseph Gelineau, Vatican II Periti
Opponents of the liturgical changes were also vociferous at times. Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani was one of those who tried to sound the alarm:
“They wanted to make a clean slate of the whole theology of the Mass. It ended up in substance quite close to the Protestant theology which destroyed the sacrifice of the Mass.” – Ottaviani Intervention, p. 2
Others make similar comments:
“Truly if one of the devils…had been entrusted with the ruin of the liturgy, he could not have done it better.” – Dietrick von Hildebrand
Voris then goes on to describe the whole process of the de-construction of the Mass, the politics underlying the process at the Second Vatican Council, and more. It’s well worth your time. This program is from ChurchMilitant.TV