And yet there seems to be another side effect of the “global pandemic” that has captivated the entire world since mid-February 2020, an increase in falling into sin. No, I don’t have any studies or Pew Research Polls to back this up, but I do have observations that have greatly impacted and enlightened me on this pressing issue that can ultimately determine one's Eternal Salvation of bliss or damnation.
When the world shut down, and in some areas continues to be shut down, our churches were closed, doors locked, “no entry” written on the doors. What does this do for the soul? When one yearns to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation but is told they will have to wait several months, when one desires to receive the Flesh of God in the Eucharist but is told it is unsanitary, what do these things do to the soul? How much harm is caused? If the Church isn’t open, the internet is. The plague of social media exposes one to explosive politics, damning content such as impure images, explicit music and movies, and this list continues for quite some length.
Seek to be a slave to Jesus Christ! We must retract ourselves from the wayward way of the secular culture, in which many are enslaved to. The more “worldly” one becomes, the further they are from the Church, and where the Church is there also is Jesus Christ. We must not continue to submit ourselves to happiness, as doing what makes one happy is to be of the world and not of Christ. For Christ does not offer happiness, He offers joy. As St. Therese of Lisieux remarked, “The world’s thy ship and not thy home.”
There is a gashing wound in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. A wound that yearns for consolation. This wound in Jesus’ Sacred Heart, the heart the burns intensely for you, is caused by the waywardness of the secular culture that has peered into the lives of even some of the most devout and fervent people. In a world where secularism seems to trump and triumph in all situations, consolation to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is few and far between. Catholics must turn away from the secularist culture and turn towards Jesus’ Most Sacred Heart.
When settling into this current global crisis the summit of the Christian life was taken away, the public celebration of Holy Mass. Within days thousands of Catholic parishes across the world began to live-stream a priest celebrating Holy Mass. Virtually any person could turn on their TV and watch “Mass” --or so we thought!
Like clockwork, Catholics around the world would put on their TV a priest in some distant place celebrating Mass and would ponder at a screen for an hour attempting to align their aspirations to that of the celebration of Mass. Although modern technology may allow one to think they are seeing the same thing as if they were actually in a church building, the reality is they are watching a bunch of tiny pixels of color.
Imagine if there was a Marian Procession through the streets of every city and town across the world during the month of May. Our Lady, in all of her glory, being brought out into the streets of her children to call them back home to the Catholic Church.
In the eighteenth century when Rome honored pagan goddesses during the month of May, it was a Catholic priest who called on the intercession of the Blessed Mother and dedicated the month to her. Father Latomia, S.J. wanted to stand against the infidelity and immorality that many of Rome’s college students were adhering to. Pope Pius XII declared that May would be honored as the month of Mary, after declaring that the feast of the Queenship of Mary would be observed on May 31st.
We are just days away from the climax of the Church year, the holiest days of the entire year. However, the majority of Catholics will be confined to their homes during these holiest days of the year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This year is going to be different, no doubt, and we should try our very best to observe these holy days as best we can. Below I have put forth several things we can all do to observe these days.
Satan's greatest enemy and arguably his only enemy is the Holy Catholic Church and Her lay faithful. When we reflect on the last year, perhaps we think of the scandal, the Pew Research Poll’s statistic suggesting that 70% of Catholics don’t believe in Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist, the confusion from Rome in October 2019, the growing number of “nones” (those not affiliated with any religion), and perhaps now the Coronavirus Pandemic. The evil one would want us to spend much time thinking on these things, questioning these things, and making ill decisions on them. However, our Merciful God invites us to be consoled and grow closer to Him in each of these situations, in the end, God will reign.
In the midst of all that was occurring, the call from God that I received was to rise and defend Holy Mother Church! That has come to you now, in the form of this private association for the faithful. Since December we have brought to you numerous articles and reflections from young traditional Catholics. The words that I constantly hear from our readers is how their faith and spirit has been renewed after reading an article written by a young person on their love for tradition, but especially their love for our Catholic faith. We must continue to all work to set the hearts of both the young and the old on fire for Christ and His Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church is facing some very uncharted times. The public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been suspended or canceled in virtually every state in the United States. Whether we have the option to go to Mass or not, the obligation is still there. We still have an obligation to God on Sundays and Holy Days to set time a part for worshiping Him. Below is the format for praying a "dry mass", which was a devotion used in the Middle Ages when a priest was not available.
The Holy City of Rome has become deserted. The entirety of Italy has been “shut down”. Saint Peter’s Square has been blocked off to the public. Saint Peter’s Basilica’s doors are locked. The people of Italy will have to forgo receiving Jesus in the Eucharist until April 3, 2020 (the Friday before Palm Sunday). In the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church, this has never happened.
For centuries, when communities were plagued with disease, the Church was the one place the people of God could go and confide. Furthermore, the Church always bridged the people to God during the deadliest of plagues and war. Now, the Church of Rome is quite literally building a wall and keeping God away from His people. While the Holy City is being kept closed, Church leaders around the world are taking similar “precautions”.
We should all long for one thing, that is Eternal Glory with Jesus Christ. Most Christians if asked would most likely say that if they were to die they would go to Heaven. However, Jesus himself says in Luke 13:24 that the gate into Heaven is “narrow”, He continues saying “many will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
St. John Vianney once remarked to his parishioners: “O my dear parishioners, let us endeavor to get to heaven! There we shall see God. How happy we shall feel! If the parish is converted we shall go there in procession with the parish priest at the head. … We must get to heaven!”