We know that, in a few years, the inexorable force of demographics will massively reduce the numbers of people in the pews, people who even lightly suggest that they are Catholic, the number of priests, the properties the Church holds… everything. I just saw a study that showed that something dire happened around 1965 which could be the cause of the plummet in numbers of seminarians… while on the other hand in dioceses and groups where tradition is strong, the numbers trend upward. Coincidence?
A couple days ago here in Rome, I spoke with an American priest who said that in his major archdiocese, for the last couple of years about half of all the new priests can and do say the Traditional Latin Mass.
A friend of mine, years ago, claimed that the Novus Ordo would die out. I didn’t accept his claim at the time. I am beginning to wonder. When I see TLM congregations, I see young families with lots of children.
Will they and the young TLM celebrating priests be the only one’s left in the hard times to come? During what could be the Great Falling Away?
I have no answer to that. The trends I see suggest something along those lines.
Meanwhile, the Enemy is active in Hell’s war on souls and the Enemy is sly. Who knows what will hit us next. Attacks will come from outside of the Church. The worse attacks will be from within… as we are already seeing build in both kind and number.
Meanwhile, I received this lovely note from a reader…
I have the privilege to attend this morning the first TLM of a young priest. He is a diocesan priest and celebrated mass in a newly restored old country church on a road that just received a fresh coat of gravel. His homily mentioned keeping alive the traditions and ways of all times. The church was beautiful, the mass was edifying, and the only sound to be heard during the canon was from the farm down the road. Anyway, as this is the type of thing you tend to mention, I thought you might like hear about it.
Our Lord gave us a Church which, because it is His, is indefectible. Indefectibility doesn’t mean that it will remain prominent and influential. It only guarantees that it will remain until He returns in glory.
Because the Church is Christ’s Mystical Body, offered now for eternity to the Father by the High Priest at the heavenly altar, the Church will have to experience its Passion as well. On the other side of that Passion is glory.
Before the Ascension, the Lord breathed on the Apostles and made them “witnesses” (martyres) to the Good News. The Holy Spirit “breathed” down on the whole Church. You, the confirmed, are “in-breathed” by the Holy Spirit also to be strong in living as “witnesses” in the Church’s commission.