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Roberts and the Catholic Church June 29, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, North Deanery, persecution, Tradition, Virtue.
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I was at Mass today and my thoughts turned to the devastating turn of events of yesterday, and the seeming betrayal of ostensibly Catholic Chief Justice John Roberts (whom, it is rumored, even assists at TLM sometimes!) over this massive transformation in the political-economic life of the United States his one decision engenders.   His idea that the Supreme Court is not intended to pass judgment on laws is simply incredible – I have no idea why the Court needs to exist, then.  But be that as it may………..

How have we come to this?  How many ways have we failed?  Yes, Robert’s failure is a very personal one.  Whatever pressures he is under, whatever influences have been working on him, he failed in his duty and in the role for which the previous President, expressing the will of the people chose him.  He failed to act as it was expected, by all available evidence, he would act.

And, of course, this steady shift from a relatively free republic (some time back) to a steadily more socialistic, national-government dominated state has many causes, as well.  It’s not just him.  Or the Church.  Or is it?

I think we’ve all failed. We’ve failed in the Church by allowing so many errors to propagate for so long, to become popular opinion within the Church.  How many funerals do you go to that are actually mini-canonizations?  How much mortification do you really do?  How many of us were really devoting ourselves to prayer and self-denial to give Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy, and Thomas the moral strength to stand fast in their beliefs (or, at least, the beliefs we thought they had) and judge this matter in the right manner, according to a limited view of the Constitution?  It’s not just this one recent but massive disaster, it’s a thousand separate issues.  We in the Church fight fight fight against abortion but utter nary a word about contraception.  Where do we think abortion comes from?  It doesn’t come from the 1-2% of Catholics that are open to life no matter how God gives it, it comes from the very large percentage that contracept for most all their fecund years.

This is all part of the problem.  We’ve forgotten who we are as Catholics, and, even more, what we do.  It’s been a long, slow process of forgetting.  We’ve let a once glorious Church and the culture it created collapse to almost nothingness.  Yes, most of it happened before we came along, but what have we done to help turn it around?  Saving yourself is not enough.  You’ve got to be willing to spend yourself unto exhaustion to try to save others.  Why are so many churches empty and locked 90% of the time?  Why is catechesis so bad?  Because we’ve allowed ourselves to be sucked into a culture of indifference and materialism, with thoughts of religion consigned to a neat little box that we take down and open sometimes, but generally stays up on the shelf.  We’ve compartmentalized our faith.  We use it when we want, but most of the time we put it away as it would be inconvenient to deal with. And what would other people say?  They’d probably think I’m some kind of holy roller!

That is not what the Saints did.  We seem to have a dirth of Saints right now.  We’ve been let down a lot by so many leaders and the EWTN All-Star team.  And that’s a major problem in Hollywood influenced modern American culture, we all want the hero to ride in the white horse to make everything alright.  See: Chief Justice John Roberts.

It’s up to us.  We’ve got to pray more – way more. We’ve got to sacrifice.  If we want things to change, we’re going to have to start with changing ourselves and then work on those around us, hoping to influence them a bit by our prayerful, humble, charitable, merciful, knowledgeable examples.  It is extremely rare to hear serious, constant mortification discussed in Catholic parishes anymore, but mortification is an essential part of any Catholic’s life.  It is almost impossible to grow much in virtue without it.  And all those painful sacrifices we offer can be offered up for the good of our brothers, sisters, parents, etc.  We can offer them up for a change in culture.  And it will change, in tiny imperceptible degrees, by our prayer and example, if we really start to live a Catholic life. The Catholic-Christian culture didn’t implode overnight, and it won’t be reconstructed overnight, either.  It’s going to take decades, centuries of extremely difficult labor.

I know that we are so few, and the worldlings so many.  I know that the media is against us, that people are increasingly pagan and just laugh at an authentic practice of the Faith.  So what? It was the same for the first Christians, who were thought insane, too.  But their prayers and even more their loving example and willingness to sacrifice tremendously for Christ converted the world.  We can do the same.

St. Paul said: “Pray without ceasing.” St. Peter knew for decades what kind of suffering he would have to endure for his Lord.  But even more, they patiently practiced the depths of the Faith, every day, converting, eventually, billions through their example.  Today is their feast day.  Ask them to pray for us, to change hearts, to restore the Faith, to stop the headlong descent into tyranny.  Pray for deliverance.  Just pray.  And mortify yourself at least 5-7 times a day.

Just so you know, I’m first in line for needing to do all the above.  Pray for me, that I may have a mustard seed of faith.

God Bless You!

Huge relic of St. Peter

 

Comments

1. Don - June 30, 2012

When asked ‘What is wrong with the world today?’ G.K Chesterton answered: “I am”.
Amen.
Judge not. What if Judge Roberts decided based upon knowledge that ‘the world as we know it’ wouldn’t exist by the time Obamadeath was implimented. What if, based upon knowlege a Chief Justice may be privy to, he was of the opinion his vote would accelerate the pending collapse of the US$. And it was also his opinion that such an acceleration of an inevitalbe event was a merciful act…one he could stand before his Judge on that particular day and hear “Well done faithful servant”?
These thoughts give me pause.

tantamergo - July 2, 2012

That could be possible. But the evidence indicates his thoughts were much more prosaic than that. He was mostly concerned with “image.”

2. iJune St. James-Pfouts nthe2hearts - July 1, 2012

Dear “Tantamego,”

Very likely every one of us, who read and appreciate your thoughts, ramblings articles, and confidence in fellow Pilgrims on the same journey, share the same discouraging and disheartening reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision. We could come up with several adjectivies regarding what we think of it but no need. I am as baffled by Chief Justice Roberts’ justifications and nonsense gibberish as are you, and very likely, as if everyone else.

No. We don’t understand what and why this ultimate betrayal of American values, conscience, Faith and Morals and knife in the heart of Catholics. Your dispair is understandable. The big question is why how did we get here? Why haven’s our Shepherds been true and decisive in upholding the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church as is their charge to do so? Questions of lapses of the last 50 years…you’ve raise them several times and we can only agree, persist in prayer and always, always, keep the Faith.

Yes, we can trace the story, the path of that slippery slope to apostacy, to Godlessness, and what happens to the true and holy Priests who do courageously uphold the True Church against the tide that looks more to its creature desieres and comforts and wants them protected, at the expense of their souls, determined to put God in His second class status…You know who these holy priests are for you frequently write about them. They are out there, and they keep fighting that good fight and inspire others in their fold to do so, under their firm and strong and passionate leadership. Passionate about the Faith, Passion fueled by the Holy Spirit.

They are not giving up. And we are just getting started, fired up all over again.

Remember what Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said in the 1970’s when he asctually saw the road ahead to where it is now? Where it came to changes, The Laity has to take charge. This is our time, we have our marching orders. We know who the enemy is (in high places in our Government and in the Church and in the populace at large who reject the Truth, determined to destroy the Church) to serve their demands. We mayh not know most of their names, but some, and that fire is lit under us now, to fight back.

Yes, this latest maneuver of the devil in charge has been a bitter blow, but please, Tantamergo, don’t let it be fatal to your Faith, and “a mustard seed” is all it takes for the whole plant to grow.

In one of his sermons recently, on The Star of the Sea, Fathr Michael Rodriguez offered this:

“Look on the Star.
Call upon Mary.”

Yes, she knows what’s going on. She knows why. She knows Her Son’s Plans. His mind. And she knows the hearts of her children who are hurting and feeling as frustrated and as helpless as you and I and millions of others. The fire that is buidning up in all of us to rally her troops against the common enemy, the devil himself. It is as she has predicted over and over. We are now there, in these times.

When events and people and situations threaten to sink my hopes and trust I now am reminded by Father Rodriguez, who as you know, certainly has been embattled by dark forces the holier a priest he is,

Look on the Star,
Call upon Mary.

With you in keeping the Faith,

June St. James-Pfouts,
Boise, Idaho


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