How to maintain/develop sanctity in the midst of the crisis in the Church July 7, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, manhood, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Sermon from one of my favorite priests (in keeping with Sensus Fidelium‘s policy, I won’t name him, but I’m sure many of you will recognize his voice) on a topic of critical import: how can we not just keep our faith, but grow in holiness in the midst of all the terrible scandal and confusion of the present crisis in the Church?
Father presents a three-point plan:
 Fix your mind and heart on eternity.
 Strive in all things to conform yourself to the holy will of God.
 Meditate upon the grandeur and majesty of God and your own misery and nothingness.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of society in our time is mockery and hostility towards the things of God. Our faith is opposed to the world and so we must be very wary of any attempt to ‘harmonize’ the faith with the ways and culture of the world. The Catholic perspective is always one of eternity, of accepting all things as from the hand of God, and of great humility.
I haven’t time to bring out any more of the excellent points from this sermon, except for this: in this time, we will be far better served, both in terms of our salvation, but also in witnessing to others, by personal sanctity than by arguments from the intellect. For whatever my recommendation is worth, I strongly believe you’d be doing yourself a favor if you listened to it in its entirety. May God bless and sustain this suffering priest:
If you do listen, please remember, in your charity, to offer three Hail Marys for the priest and his needs and intentions. Thank you and God bless you.