Powerful sermon on the crisis afflicting the Church October 29, 2013Posted by tantamergo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, sanctity, secularism, self-serving, Tradition, Virtue.
Is the present crisis afflicting the Church – what this amateur student of Church history believes is the gravest, deepest, and most diabolical series of events in the entire history of the Church – a Divine chastisement on the Church for Her unfaithfulness? Or is it merely the actions of lost and fallen men who have embraced the errors of the world and somehow, through some open window, loosed the smoke of satan in the Church? My personal view is that the answer is yes, that is both, but the priest in the sermon below presents a strong argument that what the Church is experiencing is a Divine chastisement and thus God’s Will, just as the ancient Hebrews were afflicted with various setbacks and then the final Babylonian devastation of their land, for their unfaithfulness. This is a sermon very much worth listening to, even though I would counsel that sometimes, to get out of the forest, one does have to mind the trees:
I think the points about focusing on our personal sanctification, and not complaining so much or, God forbid, losing hope and giving up, are very valid, but I do think the priest might have inadvertantly lost sight of the understanding that there are millions upon millions of Catholics out there who have no conception of the crisis presently devastating the Church. It is easy to get too focused on blaming the hierarchy or the Council or whatever, and turn into a bitter unvirtuous person, but at the same time I have learned that the vast majority of Catholics have no idea that there might be problematic aspects to Pope Y, or Bishop X, or, especially, the most recent Council. Most Catholics don’t even know the Precepts of the Faith or the works of mercy anymore, how are they going to know which theological currents are dangerous and need opposing, or at least rejection?
As I said, the answer is really both – there have been men, perhaps even of the best will, who have inflicted horrific errors on the Church through various means, errors which have caused the crisis we see. Those errors must be pointed out and opposed.
But at the same time, I cannot argue with the main conclusion, which is that what the Church needs now more than anything, is Saints. In point of fact, recent pontiffs have worried about the lack of Saints the Church has produced in the past century or so, and that is partially why we have seen the evaluation process for sanctification so watered down in recent years. Even with that, there is a dearth of recent Saints.
But perhaps what the Spirit intends, is that great Saints be raised up through Grace and the traditional practice of the Faith. Nothing would serve to restore the Faith better than several dozen very good, holy, traditional Catholics giving witness to the world. So, the focus on virtue and personal sanctification is definitely well needed, but at the same time, we must also reach out to our brethren in need and continue to oppose what we know to be the first causes for the crisis.