These quotes from St. Basil may help you weather the post-synodal depression October 26, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, Papa, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
“Religious people keep silence, but every blaspheming tongue is let loose.
Sacred things are profaned; those of the laity who are sound in the Faith avoid
the places of worship as schools of impiety, and raise their hands in solitude,
with groans and tears to the Lord in Heaven.”
Four years after, he writes: “Matters have come to this pass: the people have left
their houses of prayer, and assembled in the deserts, – a pitiable sight; women
and children, old men, and men otherwise infirm, wretchedly faring in the open air,
amid most profuse rains and snowstorms and winds and frosts of winter; and again in
summer under a scorching sun. To this they submit, because they will have no part
of the wicked Arian leaven.”
Again: “Only one offense is now vigorously punished an
accurate observance of our fathers’ traditions. For this cause
the pious are driven from their countries and transported into deserts.”
Now St. Basil lived during the height of the Arian heresy, so he knew whereof he spoke.
These quotes are included in a post that examines how to respond to the Synod. One recommendation is strongly made: assist at the TLM if at all possible, avoid the NO at all costs. The assumption seems to be that as a result of the ongoing synodal process, eventually, things like Communion for divorced and remarried, Communion for active sodomites, etc., will come down the pike in most “large suburban parishes”. And perhaps it will. But I’d make a caveat to that: there are some Novus Ordo parishes that are solid, doctrinally. They tend to be that rarest of commodity, the NO parish that offers the NO in Latin. So if you live near Hanceville, AL or Greenville, TX or Madison, WI you might have an alternative in the NO world with some of these very rare orthodox NO parishes.
Beyond that, in normal circumstances, yes, I’d say the TLM is the best way to go. However for those TLMs that have diocesan approval……..how long will they remain that way? I mean, if this synodal process really develops into the planned rolling revolution, how long will FSSP or ICK or your good diocesan priest who offers the TLM be able to excoriate the revolutionary novelties and out and out heresies? Even if they don’t challenge the post-conciliar ethos, how long will simple orthodoxy be tolerated?
So the question arose in the comments at the link regarding whether faithful Catholics should not start preparing reserve locations with altars, Communion wine, hosts, art, pews, etc, to allow for the Mass to continue if some dread things start to come down. This was modeled on the reaction of faithful souls to the Arian times mentioned above, the English Catholics under the Tudor persecution, or the Catholics under Chinese communism today.
To which I say……..better safe that sorry. I have some (probably not very good) priest holes in my house. If you own a lot of land, is it worth digging a little underground chapel with a hidden entrance? Is it silly to even speak of such now? I, for one, don’t think so. In the military, you don’t look at a potential adversary’s intentions, you look at their capabilities, and you plan against those. The modernists have the capability to make the regular, diocesan-approved orthodox practice of the Faith all but impossible, if they so desire. With 50 years experience of evidence of that behind us, can we be sure Summorum Pontificum and the TLM are really “safe” for long?
So aside from fervent prayer and penance, and not completely losing our minds as bad news rolls in…….what do you think constitutes prudent measures for faithful lay Catholics to take if we’re – as we’re – heading into the Synocalypse?