07 November 2017

And Still It Goes On

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

--from The Second Coming, by W.B. Yeats


It is a truism to modern man that change and decay move faster and faster, and unrelentingly so. The destruction of the good in the visible Church since Vatican II is well-documented. All of us have witnessed the destruction, some of us from the beginning. 

The Mass was taken away and now we have the minimally good, and maximally awful, novus ordo missae

The ceremony of innocence is drowned

The seminaries and convents were opened up, its citizens urged to go out into the world to do something better than adore God in the tabernacle, to obey the rule of their founders, and sanctify the world while sanctifying themselves. Well, they went out and didn't come back. The few who remained now front an aging shell of effeminate Episcopalianism-- but I repeat myself.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

The catechism was taken away and now we are free to believe any error we choose, to our own ruin.

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world

Surely Christ was near with justice, yes? Surely He would put an end to it? And yet it went on.

These days, the pace of change and destruction is so fast, so brutal, that it numbs our very ability to be outraged, sad, indignant, or even to feel any way at all about it.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity

Oh-- there was a tiny return by a remnant to the true Mass, with some daring to hope for the temporal solution? Well, it is under attack again, rumored always to be wiped out. Even the novus ordo is too Catholic for this crowd. Do away with accurate translations. Make up a new "ecumenical" "mass". 

Oh-- there was a tiny resurgence in tradition by way of new religious orders? Orders that could remember their reason for existence? That weren't cesspools of sodomy or sodomitical politics, with some daring to hope for the temporal solution? Well, ask the FFI how that is going. And the threat over other orders, all well documented, continues. 

Oh-- there was a tiny attempt to return to real catechesis and apologetics, attracting young people hungry for truth, with some daring to hope for the temporal solution? Well, everyone who actually believes that stuff, to paraphrase Ann Barnhardt, is sacked. From the Curia. From the dicasteries. From the chanceries. From the tribunals. From the seminaries. From the academies. From the rectories. And in their place we get intellectually dishonest, effeminate communists. 

And still it goes on.

1960 passes with the Third Secret unrevealed. 1965 passes, and the council's time bombs are placed. 1969 passes, with the abomination of the novus ordo regime. 1978 passes. 2000 passes. 2013 passes, with the putative abdication of the Holy Father and the new regime of Francis. The papacy works tirelessly to undermine the very faith Peter was charged to protect. The disastrous Synods pass. Disastrous papal documents pass. Outrageous statements from Francis pass like water through a sieve, Seuss-like: on a plane! on a train! at a presser! near his dresser! I do not like your insults, sir, I do not want even one more slur! Signs and wonders in the natural world, portents in our very souls, all pass. Destruction, depression, an erosion of the ability to care. Every day a new outrage, with outrage in all-too-short supply.

And still it goes on.

I sometimes like to reflect on the English Catholics of the time of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. They saw a King, honored by the Pope for his defense of the faith against the Protestant heresy, turn so far around through his own arrogance and lust that he declared himself the head of Christ's Holy Church. They saw religious orders suppressed, their holy places taken. They saw their bishops apostatize, and the few who remained true killed and exiled. They were jailed, tortured, and killed; their lands and property taken; they were abandoned by their former friends, whose apostasy was rewarded.  They must have thought, "Surely this is the end. Our Lord will do something. This must be the Thing that brings it about." Still, it went on. Going to Mass was a crime, then it was impossible. The country, instead of being smitten in God's justice, actually prospered in the temporal sphere. 

I think that those Catholics of that time are some of the most heroic ever, right up there with the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. 

Yet it went on. And it goes on. Back then the Pope was unable to stop the destruction. Now, the pope is a cheering instigator and facilitator of it.

What to do? What do we always do? Wait. Hope. Pray. Keep the faith. What else is there?

As Yeats accurately wrote, putting in writing what Our Lord Himself said and we ourselves feel: 

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Pray for the Church, pray that Mary's Immaculate Heart will triumph. It will. She promised. The Lord will return. He will. He promised. What He says to us He says to all: Watch.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


JBQ said...

10.28.17: "Italian Liturgist Alleged to be Working on Ecumenical Mass: "Transubstantiation is Not a Dogma". Steve Skojec, (One Peter Five)----------11.07.17:"Ecumenical Mass Rumors are Utterly False Vatican Says". Christopher Lamb, (The Catholic Herald) (London).

Frank (@txtradcatholic) said...

A welcome perspective amidst all the noise. Thank you for the reminder.


Anonymous said...

One of your best posts. I can't decide if it's more depressing or inspiring.


Sandpiper said...

A nice synopsis of the destruction that I’ve experienced since soon after my First Holy Communion in 1964. So much has been lost. I am bereft at the squalid state of the Church.