"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."
week’s Vortex episodes consisted of 5 installments of “Dispatches: The
Demolition of the Church”, a new CMTV show. Each of those installments is
filled with boatloads of statistics that show the undeniable rapid decline of
the Church over the last several decades, in every way that is measured. I’ve
embedded episodes 4 and 5 below – please watch them!
episode 5, “Time May Have Run Out”, MV gets to an important point – the notion
of a conspiracy. He says:
No demolition happens without
planning and forethought. What we have seen in the Church in America has all
the hallmarks of an organized effort to remake and re-shape the Church after an
entirely different vision of that of Our Lord’s. This kind of destruction, on
so vast a scale, in so fast an amount of time is not without planning and
desire and activity - Much of it done quietly and behind the scenes at first, but
as one small victory after another began to add to other small victories and
more significant battles were won – the forces of Demolition grew bolder.
And those forces absolutely
included clergy – bishops and priests – as well as other religious who were and
are secret enemies of Christ. Let’s be entirely clear here so there is no
mistake: this devastation, this demolition has been wrought by those who HATE Our
Blessed Lord and hate His Church. Period.
It has been helped along by
people who, while perhaps not HATING Our Lord and His Church, haven’t cared
ENOUGH to fight the demolition. They have gone along with it, or ignored it.
say that I disagree. I guess it’s difficult to come up with hard evidence of a
conspiracy, but I do think the evidence is there – at least as far as
homosexuality goes (and that’s NOT a small issue!).
episode #4 (yes, I know, I’m going backwards), MV enumerates more statistics,
but he offers this advice to those of us (practically everyone, I’m sure) who
wants to know what in the world we are to do about the unprecedented crisis in
the Church. MV says:
We must act. The time to fight
is now. We must pour our very being into this battle if we want to wear the
eternal crown in heaven.
The battle is personal. We are
not concerned with a macro-view necessarily; after all, we are nothing more
than peasant Catholics wielding pitchforks. Despite that, some of us use a
sword and shield.
It is up to the Pope and the
Bishops to steer the ship. We’re only along for the ride in a macro-sense. Our
battle lies in the micro or immediate situation only.
As you might have guessed it,
we’re going to focus on personal holiness and only the people in your immediate
circle. So, here’s the five step battle
plan to get out of this bleak situation.
first step is to LEARN THE FAITH. How in the world do you expect to
triumph in battle when you don’t know enough about Catholicism, or how to
defend it? EXACTLY. It is like fighting without a sword. Make sure you take the
time to learn it.
A word of caution: make sure
the sources you are using are faithful to the Magisterium.
second step is to PRAY, FAST, and SACRIFICE for poor
sinners. This is how you engage in battle with the principalities and powers of
this world and what the Queen of Heaven requested of us specifically at Fatima.
Use these weapons. Become
familiar with them. Make frequent use of them. After all, a man of prayer is a
spiritually formidable force against evil.
third step is to connect with other GOOD Catholics – real Catholics – and
get INVOLVED in parish life in a GOOD PARISH. Let’s face it, we all have bad
days. We need comrades to help us in dark times. We all need encouragement from
time to time, especially in this sin-infested world. The Faith needs
fourth step is to FREQUENT THE SACRAMENTS. Listen: war is
tough. We all need to rest and recharge. It is through the sacraments that we
are able to do this. The sacraments allow us to converse on a personal level
with the supreme general – Jesus Christ. He will give us marching orders and
fifth step is to engage the CORPORAL and SPIRITUAL works of mercy.
These are commands from on high. We are called to love our neighbor. We can
accomplish this in a multitude of ways. In turn, when the works of mercy are
Completed, we build up the
Kingdom of God and win souls for Christ.
conclusion, there are many, many more things we could
suggest such as:
start a Bible study that relies
on a faithful Catholic source;
meet with and encourage young
men to consider a vocation to the priesthood;
form a social group for young
Catholics that upholds and supports the Church’s teaching;
support faithful Catholic
apostolates who missionary work is the salvation of souls;
share a statue of Our Lady
between your Catholic friends;
pray the Rosary in groupsettings;
gather together with other
like-minded and faithful Catholics for spiritual AND social activities;
and pray the Stations of the
You get the point.
This is faith and good work in
ACTION. The Church in America is in need of many souls. We can win the battle
if we only try. We need to reclaim our ZEAL and our LOVE for Jesus and His
bride the Church.
like good advice to me. The one in the list above that’s a little problematic,
though, is encouraging a young man to consider a vocation to the priesthood.
The problem is not in encouraging him, but in helping him discern a good
seminary, I would think! Bad enough that many young people go off to college –
even Catholic colleges – and lose their faith; it’s even worse when you
consider that a young man could go off to seminary and lose his faith!