From a reader….
Idea: Spiritual battle/Catholic Church fullness of faith.
Sure the Rosary but at the same time Holy Bishops and priestly exorcists casting out the Devil from our land, the Church. My priest asked an expert and he said that we need the bishops to be around the country to do it.
This is exactly what is needed. Exorcisms and acts of reparation.
How would this be for a program?
- Bishops reestablishing Forty Hours Devotion in parishes on a regular scheduled as in days of yore. Forty Hours was instituted for urgent public needs, such as plague or threat of invasion.
- Bishops establishing a monthly day of fasting for the diocese and holding public devotions (e.g., continuous Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament) in their cathedral churches including 24 hour confessions on that day.
- Bishops reciting Ch. 3 Title XI over their dioceses on a weekly basis, ideally in public.
On a smaller scale, pastors of parishes could do these things.
None of this would interfere with any of their other projects and campaigns.
The worldly and those oppressed by the Enemy of the soul will howl with rage and fight like hell. But isn’t that precisely what the Church is here to battle? For the sake of saving souls?
That’s the spiritual side. On the material side, the fact is, dear reader, that a “demographic sink-hole” is opening up under the Church in these USA and elsewhere. The Wuhan Devil – and I believe that once it got out of its Chinese lab somewhere along the way it was weaponized by propagation and then some bad actors cursed it – has accelerated the opening of the sink-hole. Seasoned Catholics will pass away in God’s good time and, when they do, their unchurched or barely aware children and hardly catechized grandchildren are not going to provide material support for the Church. Many will have lost interest in going to church on Sundays and feasts, since they were only sort of Catholic anyway – many of them – and they were attending “beige” parishes.
Tell me I’m wrong.
Convince me that, as soon as all the churches are opened and lockdowns and face-diapering are over, everyone and more will flood back into our churches with generous giving.
One thing I do know. I’m getting notes from priests who, in this interim, have started TLMs in their parishes. They are now better attended – with young people – and they are producing more revenue than the Novus Ordo Masses.
If we want any hope of evangelizing, we have to embrace Tradition, but with a heart for spiritual and temporal works of mercy, and fire for preaching the Faith in a missionary way, not watered down, not secularizing.
Sound, clear, clarion trumpets must sound and our priests and bishops have to put on their gear and lead.
This is not rocket science.
Today, however, it is sometimes hard to distinguish what we are doing as a Church from just about any other NGO.
NGOs can’t perform exorcisms, for example.
We have to turn towards the Lord, in our hearts but also in our sacred liturgical worship. We have to get down on our knees in reparation for sins and in adoration of the Trinity, and for Holy Communion. Get the junk out of the confessionals, clean then up, and turn the lights on.