I would like to invite you to watch this short but inspiring Manifesto of Faith, a movie based on the recent declaration of Catholic doctrine by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I have watched it about 400 times, well … may be 399 times and I get a lot of peace and encouragement from it. I highly recommend it.
Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit
We know we at the end, shall life inherit
Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say
I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim
Recently, I was chased away from the parish I have attended during the last eight years or so. The pastor never really liked me and I am sure he has good reasons. I do not dislike him, I pray for him as I should, I tried to contribute as much as I could (given my modest means) but his attitude got worse and worse. Too bad we could not be friends. So much for the walking together, the synodal way, the tolerance, the good will towards all men and the sign behind the altar (“This is everyone’s house”) proclaiming the goody-goody sweet message of the church of nice.
I still like the parish, the people, etc. even when not everyone has been nice to me. There we lost a young priest recently. Too bad because his homilies were pretty good and he seems to be a faithful and studious man, humble, and sincere in his treatment of everyone. If you are reading this, young man, I hope you know we missed you and hope you are doing well. Don’t be a stranger and write sometime when you can.
I said that a few have not been nice to me. Not their fault. I am not easy to communicate with. The persecutions by the Sankt-Gallenians have been many and nasty. Those guys refuse bygones be bygones. That is also fine. They are doing the best to serve their infernal master. It’s getting quite entertaining to see their “darts” coming and bounce like beach balls against a concrete wall. Also, the phone calls denouncing me kind of lost their venom after eight years of my rather boring life. Save a penny, international long distance is expensive. And, while you are at it, remember Saint Michael has promised to guard us. Better he gets you and not me, because I am not as patient and kind as he is.
So, out I go into the big city. I will attend Mass at a different parish every Sunday. I may even foray into provincial territories or even some neighboring countries. Life is getting interesting. Now I will visit all the classic Catholic temples of Buenos Aires. I promise to carry a camera and share the photos here (and Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for your enjoyment. While we walk through this “Argentine Era” or valley of shadows, we can reminisce the glorious days of yore and dream of the bright future awaiting the Catholic Church in a not so distant future. Try to be there, it will be fantastic. If you need directions: take the narrow, rocky road that leads to the Narrow Gate.
Thank you for walking with me all these years. We are not many and we are under attack. Try to be stirred by the experience and not shaken. Our Lord is stronger than all those hysterical mediocrities out there. God have mercy on them all. They don’t know what they are getting into.
And, hey! “likes” and comments are lacking lately. Don’t unload all the work on Michel! 🙂
Carlos, thank you for posting “Manifesto of Faith”, it was truly spectacular! The images of both stills and film were awesome – the music was terrific too. I must also mention that it’s packed with orthodox Church teaching which will help with catechizing beginners. I’ve only viewed it twice so far, but did send it off for others to enjoy and pass on. Can you get more? ☺️
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That is all I have for the time being. That kind of quality is what EWTN and other Catholic media should be all about.
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I hope many people will comment your article. And I know there is more and more divisions among Catholics and we are witnessing the same thing happening here in Québec among the few practicing Catholics.
For a certain time, I wanted to say this.
It comes a time when all the failed predictions by people of God make the Godless people look wise and the people of God look like fools.
It is sad to say that but I really think failed predictions undermine the faith in the long run.
That is the reason I hope Father Scanlon is right this time around because there has been also much talk about the 100 anniversary of Fatima two years ago and nothing happened and nothing changed and the Catholic Church did not make a come back as some predicted.
It could be that “starting from October 13th things will change” I do not know. Or maybe the chastisement is just that, this unbearable statu quo we are living in.
Keeping my Rosary close!
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I thought of that posibility, that the chastisement is this unbearable state of destructive mediocrity and depravity. My October 13 idea is only hopeful thinking. I do agree with you that the prediction of Fr Scanlon is desirable and I believe various things are happening that seem to be heavenly signs but I do not want to become a Millerist. This very time we are living in were prophesied through the ages. For those who know the faith, the current state of affairs is not a surprise.
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Can’t believe you are leaving, you say “chased away,” from that church. It seems to fit right in with the fact I’m being bribed to leave this place!
It’s because I go for the truth. Unfortunately, this doesn’t fit in with certain medical practices where you point out there errors. Maybe the same goes in the Church, because years ago, I was asked to leave RCIA because of some little white haired “devout” Catholic lady who didn’t like it I had so many come to me for answers, as I wasn’t afraid to say the church people have done wrong in the past. I also added it isn’t the Church, it is the people in the Church who went the wrong way.
Maybe this happened to you. BTW, I do not think they can chase you out of church. If I wanted I could continue going to Mass, I just didn’t like being “shunned” by my group. It reminded me of the Mormons. I’m thinking of moving to a Catholic Community as there are few Catholics in this Methodist-Baptist area of Texas. Prayers for both of us to find a new way. It’s depressing to me.
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I’m sorry to hear you have to move again. As for my “move” is voluntary and it is their loss. I can go to Mass to some other parish where no one knows me. I don’t have to endure angry gestures, dirty looks, or hysterical reactions from anyone. I had something like that happened to me in Front Royal. Good thing I got out of there also. I am not going to be against Jesus and good Catholic doctrine to please some clown who does not make any sense. And also, I was not the only one to leave. Others are gone as well.
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The “cantor” at the closest dying parish to me has driven many away. I call him “Screech!” He thinks he is God’s gift to the Mass, though I hear that others have told him to his face that he lacks the voice for singing, especially the nearly all protestant songs. Also the associate “priest” I call Reverend Sung Young Moon, for obvious to those who know him reasons. Is his ordination really valid? Even if so, what if anything did he learn at seminary? The parish is literally dying off as younger members are few and far between and, other than visiting vacationers dressed for the beach you seldom see children. You, Carlos are quite familiar with that tiny parish, which does contain some really faithful people, and a decent pastor. Previous entreaties to return to respectful orthodoxy were all ignored. Sad.
Yes, I remember the good people and a good priest I met there. I do not know if this is any consolation to you and others suffering from the same malady:
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:8-11)
The objective of the devil is to desacralize everything, to turn profane everything that is sacred. It is painfully obvious that the devil’s work is our cross to carry patiently until God removes it from our backs. I for one, believe that moment of liberation is quite near. In fact, the process leading to our liberation may have started years ago. God is not sleeping, nor He is late.
As for those who mock God, their end will be according to their deeds.
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