From a reader…
What are the best ways for the laity to remain in a state of grace should the Holy Mass and the sacraments eventually be outlawed by the upcoming Biden/Harris administration?
The simple answer, which isn’t simple at all, is “Don’t commit any mortal sins.”
Also, disciplining yourself over time and working to eliminate your principle faults would be key.
A fervent and sincere Act of Contrition is important. The Act of Contrition and Acts of Faith, Hope and Love are always important, in good time and in bad. A good prayer life and a regular examination of conscience militates against habitual sin. Keeping busy with your tasks is also good preventative medicine. Idle hands, they say, are the Devil’s workshop.
In a way, the lockdowns and closure of churches should have by now served as a wake up call to a lot of Catholics about how precious our sacraments are, how important our sacred liturgical worship is.
I fear that, after decades of shoddy liturgy and preaching and catechesis, resulting in a decline in belief in the Church’s teaching about the Eucharist, we are not going to recover Sunday participation in our churches. The demographic sink hole that was opening up under the Church has now been massively accelerated.
I want to take the proposition seriously: outlawing of church services by the upcoming Harris administration. Yes… I think that can happen. Seeing what we are seeing after 6 January (the day freedom died?) it looks like it only a matter of time.
Consider something I read today: there is a bill in the New York legislature that would give power to the governor to have individuals or groups arrested and interred for 60 days if they are suspected of being a danger to public health. And consider that in Washington state counties have said that “racism” is a public health issue.
In other words, any damn thing they don’t like will be cause to put you in a camp.
And to those who will say, “C’mon man! That’ll never happen!”, I say: look around at where we are now after months of COVID-1984.
I read that the Mayor of London is calling for a ban on public worship. HERE
Sometimes people bring up the idea of priest holes, as in the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics. I’m afraid that technology today will make that unrealistic. However, a priest friend in England, where lockdowns have been rather severe, told me some time ago that he had been going about to say Mass in homes for small groups.
I suppose that something along those lines will be necessary.
It might be a good idea for people to start collecting all the things they would need for Mass should a priest be able to come around occasionally. Have everything he needs so that he doesn’t have to bring it. Perhaps purchase a portable Mass kit and prepare a suitable space for Mass. Of course this also means forming a network of like minded Catholics and also supporting a priest or two. I’d start working on networking like that anyway.
As Propertius wrote, “Semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes” which is more or less “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Don’t wait until it is too late.
Make some plans. Make it part of your preparedness program.
It can’t hurt and it might help.