One of great things about being ill and having to rest a lot because of a terminal illness, is that one has time to think and pray. I consider my present state a huge blessing.
Not only can I do reparation for my sins while still alive, which brings me joy, but I can think about what is happening in the Church at length and not engage in knee-jerk reactions, like so many people online are doing, sadly.
This current crisis in the Church is not the first one, but it may be the last one.
Years ago, on my own blog, I wrote of the stages of persecution. These are coming. I suggest that the laity plan on these stages, which will include a dismembering of the systems of dioceses across the United States and possibly the world.
Our nation is not the only one wracked by scandal. More will come out of these investigations, praise God.
I suggest more prayer and less talk, less commenting, less sorrow and more joy that God is bringing all these things to light.
The boil has been lanced, and the infection which had festered for years will abate, but this will take time.
The entire Church will be purified, as God promised to His People in the desert. Recall that those who murmured against God had to wander for 40 years, doing penance and not seeing the Promised Land.
Looking out of my small room over a small garden, as I cannot go out today, I think of all the holy monks and nuns in the past who prayed for the Church.
The lack of vocations to the contemplative orders over the years has added to these scandals in the Church. Without some of us praying against demonic warfare, there is little protection for those on the front line.
Consider this…the lack of vocations to the contemplative orders, many of which were undermined by the feminist movement within the orders, including the Carmelites and Benedictines, which led to nuns coming out of their original vocations as well as habits, had partly led to this crisis. I recall a conversation I had at Notre Dame when I was a graduate student in the early 1980s and was living in housing with nuns and sisters, who were complaining about the lack of vocations. i told them it was their own fault, living like yuppies, a popular term at the time, and having more money than the typical grad student like me. I said, look at your lifestyles, even going to gyms, going out to dinner, not wearing the habit, not being a sign of contradiction in the world.
They all, a Franciscan, a Dominican, a Mercy, got mad at me and left the room. The Benedictine is the townhouse was not there, but she was trying to keep her vows more than the others. Later that evening, the Dominican came back to me and apologised, and agreed with me. She said the order had lost its way.
Now, this was true of the Carmelites and many Benedictine abbeys as well. Without the constant contemplative prayer of the enclosed orders, Satan has a hay-day as those in the world are less and less protected.
Pray for your priests, your bishops, and your deacons….pray for more vocations to the good, especially new orders of contemplative nuns.
Therein lies power which has been missing for a long time–the power of prayer.
Those who remain angry and bitter will not be setting a good example for their children. Vocations come out of houses of peace and prayer, not bitterness.
And, humility is key. As I sit here and look at the rain, which ruined my small walk I should take daily, I see that God’s Providence will endure in the end.
He is punishing us all for years of laxity. Try and pray at least an hour daily. Go to Adoration with Christ’s Church in your heart.
Pray for repentance and renewal, and get ready for prosecution and persecution.
JMJ, pray for us!
God is good,