I have long observed that a demographic sinkhole is opening up under the Church here in these USA. The fact is that lots of “nones” will stop even pretending to embrace the family religion. Also, the inexorable movement of time is applying the “biological solution” to us all. We will lose a lot of seasoned Catholics and, with them, their financial support. Their children are already going and gone.
Corona lockdown melodrama has accelerated the opening of the sinkhole. I suspect that quite a few people who barely went to church will disappear pretty much for good. A stronger Church and stronger bishops would have made a little difference, however. The weakness we showed, however, did huge damage.
That said, many traditional Masses kept going and traditional priests found creative ways to keep things going. This did not go unnoticed, either by the rank and file nor by the powers that be.
I still believe that as the sinkhole widens, two main groups will stay strong, those who want Tradition and also those who are converts from an evangelical background along with charismatics with sound devotions. These groups will find each other. There will be some friction points along the way, but they will begin to integrate. That’ll be something to see.
Thus I come to my point. I saw a really interesting story that dovetails with what I describe above.
‘God Is Gonna Use Her’: Meet the Incredible McDonald’s Worker on Mission From God to Pray With and Inspire Customers
A Mississippi McDonald’s worker inspires customers and her community daily by sharing her faith — and prayer — with those who visit her restaurant.
Brenda Wilson’s story emerged after a photo of her impromptu prayer with a customer gained traction on social media. Now, she’s explaining why she takes the time to pray with those she encounters.
“Because all things are possible through Jesus Christ. If I didn’t have God, ain’t no way these folks are going to stand here and let me pray through the drive-thru and hold up their times,” Wilson told WLOX-TV. “We have times that we have to go through, but he allows me 15 seconds with each one that I pray with. It’s like, when they leave and have tears in their eyes, I know God touched your heart.”
She said she feels led by God to offer these prayers — and others agree.
A customer named Dylan Brooke shared a Facebook message last month detailing a recent interaction with Wilson, and it inspired thousands.
“She stopped me while I was going to get my drink and told me God told her she needed to pray for me right then and there,” Brooke wrote. “I’ve been silently struggling with a few things lately and having a hard time figuring it all out.”
Brooke said Wilson “got on her knees” and prayed over her struggles — issues she knew nothing about but was somehow still able to offer comfort. The customer said she “left in tears.”
“She hit every spot. Word for word, every issue. She knew,” Brooke wrote. “God works in mysterious ways.”
Wilson told WLOX-TV, while she now inspires others, her own life experience came with severe challenges. As a child, she was abused and faced difficulties that caused her to wonder, early on, if there even was a God.
Never underestimate the power of an invitation.
Fuse this sort of evangelical zeal, this level of personal skin in the game with the stability and clarity that is founded in the Traditional Latin Mass…