Jezu ufam Tobie!
Jezu ufam Tobie!
My Catholic brothers and sisters,
We are living in some trying times. The laity is complaining, some shepherds seem out of sorts, and everyone wants to throw stones. Well, you know what our Lord said, (paraphrasing from memory here) "...let the first one without sin cast the first stone."
Yes, it is easy to reminisce about the "good 'ol days" when things were more straight forward. We tend to want things to stay the same, yet everything is changing and society is redefining truth like never before in our memory. We have a lot of problems. The one problem we don't need is another rift in the Church. Whatever it takes we hold the Church together. The evil one is trying to tear it apart because divided we are weaker than we are now. Just ask Luther.
Now, Novus Ordo is fine and I like it when it is done reverently. The Latin Mass is fine too when done reverently. Vatican II is also fine. The implementation of Vatican II and things done under the guise of it are not fine. Anyone saying that only the Latin Mass is the way to true Catholicism is lending credence to exactly what the modernists are complaining about. Stop trying to split the Church - it's been split enough. Stop complaining and start praying for the priests, bishops, cardinals, and yes even the Pope - as it says in the Pieta prayer book, the saints' writings, and countless other "traditional" documents. Possibly, the reason the shepherds have gotten so lax is because the laity is lax - we deserve the leaders we get because those shepherds are coming from our broken homes. Fix your own houses and make good and holy priests. It all starts with the domestic church. If that is not holy and mindful of the Spirit how would you possibly think the Church could maintain its holiness?
We can speak truth, but we cannot undo what the Church has already approved. There is no going back, only forward. Besides, God has allowed this to happen. I suppose because we all could use a little suffering and chastisement. We were so full of mediocrity and paleness, maybe we needed to be a little red-faced. We need to get that passion burning again. Maybe a lesson on what we used to have but totally neglected was exactly what the Church needed right now.
So, my brothers and sisters it's time to ante up and double down on our prayers and sacrifices, on our own sanctification, and on bringing our families back to a state of holiness. Then maybe if God sees our efforts He will bless them and look with favor on the next generation of priests and shepherds so that the flock might be tended to and fed rightly. We just might be the generation that needs to wander the desert for 40 years.
It took an unapproved Marian apparition, the beautiful message of Garabandal, to remind me of God's ways.
Our dear lady said, “Many cardinals, bishops, and priests are following the road to perdition, and with them they are taking many more souls.” She asked that we continuously pray for them, make sacrifices for them, and love them.
Dear Lord Jesus, in complete gratitude for my faith - forgive me for my unbelief and grant me unfathomable mercy and love. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us, on your priests, and on the whole world. Jezu ufam Tobie!
~ servant son
“In these difficult days we are living through, I encourage you to entrust yourselves to the Divine Mercy” -Pope Francis (4/1/2020)
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for our Church and all of our shepherds. Pray for their courage, their faith, and their adherence to our dear Lord Jesus Christ's teachings and the deposit of faith given to our Church.
Let's ask for God's love and mercy to heal us of this pandemic and lack of faith.
Because if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can do so much more with God!
For How to Recite the Chaplet click this link: "Chaplet of The Divine Mercy"
Divine Mercy opening prayer:
You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. (Diary, 1319)
Divine Mercy closing prayer:
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen (950).
Because if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can do so much more with God.
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