I had a note, really a cri de coeur, from a reader who said that she feels as if she and other good and innocent people in the Church today are undergoing one terror attack after another against our Catholic identity, one mass shooting or bus bombing or renegade truck smashing after another.
While I can try to calm and talk people off of ledges, I am not going to say that we are in a good situation right now.
When natural or man made disasters loom or occur, I often post about preparedness. Take steps and make plans while things are relatively calm so that you don’t have to scramble for the basics when the moment comes to ACT.
When spiritual man-made disasters loom or occur, I must now post about preparedness. Take steps and make plans.
What sorts of things might you do?
Of course, make a regular examination of your conscience and GO TO CONFESSION!
That, of course, means that you have to take steps to form your conscience properly. And this is precisely the problem today, when it comes to increasingly frequent attacks on our Catholic identity.
These days there are strong, loud voices shouting down those who teach about the proper role of conscience and the formation of a Catholic conscience and instead are imposing by fiat a dangerous variation of the role of conscience. Moreover, you might be in a parish or a school where you are being subjected to this twisting of conscience.
We must struggle against this oncoming tide and lose not spirit, trust in God, nor TIME. We have to start now.
As part of your spiritual prepping, you need to get your hands on trustworthy sources for your Catholic identity and even form small support and study groups.
One source that everyone can and should have is…
I am a huge fan of Kindles (US HERE – UK HERE), but you should also have the BOOK, the material volume which you can hold in your hand and write in. Get the book, which you can flip around in and hold spots in with a couple fingers as you cross check.
Read it. Pick it up. Read portions every day. Form a reading group with other Catholics.
St. John Paul II called the CCC, “a sure reference point”. It is precisely the Magisterium of John Paul that the present days powers are trying to obscure and, eventually, obliterate.
Possession of a copy of the CCC, and a solid familiarity with it, can be both shield and sword in the defense of your Catholic Faith.
Ignorance of the Faith makes you a potential victim of the predations of the libs.
When you hear from the pulpit or some other place a dubious notion that rings an alarm bell, check your CCC. Then you can decide to ask Bp. McButterpants or Fr. Hugalot what gives. “You said X, but the Catechism says Y. [Then, with a smile…] What’s with that?”
Along with the Catechism of the Catholic Church you can review the always dependable Roman Catechism, the The Roman Catechism: The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests. Fathers… note the title. Do you have a copy? You should. You should know this stuff like a mathematician knows his tables. It’s basic. And it’s not optional.
Also, make use of volumes of the wonderful Baltimore Catechism, which has different volumes for different ages (US HERE – UK HERE). It’s so useful, in its Q&A format. The Catechism of Pius X is also great. (US HERE – UK HERE). There are many good resources available.
However, make sure you have the Catechism of the Catholic Church.