As the smoke clears and the initial shock of the cruelty of Traditionis custodes ebbs… but will not go away… we have to bring our legitimate aspirations to prayer and penance.
… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are
- the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman Congregation officials);
- the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.
The title of the hurtful document immediately brings to mind the adage of Juvenal, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes… Who’s guarding the guards”?
The “guards” or “guardians” referenced in the title of the document, though we lack the Latin sentence, surely point in the main to diocesan bishops. They are the custodes intended, plural of custos…. “a guard, watch, preserver, keeper, overseer, protector, defender, attendant, etc., protectress, etc., in a friendly or hostile sense”. NB: Male or female, both.
I appeal to you, dear readers, in the prophetic words of Fulton Sheen, always on the sidebar of this blog,
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”
You are the guardians of the guards. YOU, dear readers, are the custodes custodum.
I ask you to join with others, making an informal but serious pledge to do two things for the two intentions, above.
- recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
- make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.
To help you do this, and to stir in others interest in this project for prayer, I prepared some shirts and mugs and buttons.
The shirts all have CUSTOS TRADITIONIS on the front, and then, underneath that, “Ask me.” in English or in Latin (Interroga.) On the back of the shirts find the text of the Memorare in several difference major languages, including Latin.
The mugs all have CUSTOS TRADITIONIS and the text of the Memorare in Latin. There is are left-handed and right-handed versions. I put in the accent marks on the Latin… that way you will have the text in front of your eyes when you have a cup of perhaps Mystic Monk Coffee… and you can more easily make your daily commitment.
The buttons just say CUSTOS TRADITIONIS and (Ask me.)
They say, “Ask me.”
That means you have to be ready to explain the situation both accurately and also without rancor, which does not attract people to join a cause of prayer.
Remember: Do you not have to get this stuff to do this, but if you do get the stuff then do it.
Let’s get to it.
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