Greetings in Jesus and Mary:
Hope all are well and robust today after the blow received from the Vatican Friday! So much speculation as to what the future holds now for the Catholic Church. We have so much division in the world - how did this also happen to us who are suppose to be the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church?
I am actually writing this for my adult children. There are so many questions and too many scandals to try to talk through with those who are very weak in the faith. The Catholic Church has gone through so much over the centuries. Like Jesus, His Bride which is the Church, is withstanding its Passion. If we study the Passion of Jesus, and see all that He went through, one will realize that Jesus should have died MANY times during His violent Passion. It was a miracle that He withstood all the tortures and cruel blows and treatment that He endured before finally walking with His cross on His shoulders to His Death. We can see the same thing over the centuries of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church should have died a long time ago but it is still standing because it is founded by Jesus Christ and is of supernatural origin! What religion has been attacked more than the Catholic one? Why? Why attack the Latin Mass? It is because Satan knows where the Truth lies and will do all in his power to TRY to destroy it. Sadly, many souls are lost in the process of his attempts to destroy Her but IT DOES NOT DIE!
We must be fortified with strength knowing this! We must also know that we can ONLY depend on the grace of God and not science, not governments, not family members, not friends, not the members of the Church --- but in God's grace found in the Church's sacraments and its perennial truths!
My children have heard me speak the Truth throughout their years. Unfortunately, it was coupled with tremendous trials in the world and in the Church that were seen and heard. “Why do you say negative things about Church leaders and the things unfolding in the world? That will only turn people away from Catholicism - it will not attract them.” My children have even witnessed priests involved in scandals in our parishes as they were growing up. I never thought about how that would be taken to heart and cause tremendous wounds to their fragile hearts if not addressed and prayed over. We have seen it and felt it first hand.
We have to remember that this is nothing new to the Church and its history. They studied Church history but forget to realize - "we made it through".
Look at the 4th century: Most bishops were heretics. They embraced and promoted Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ. Then in the 5th century, violence between Christians was widespread as Church leaders debated the Church’s Christology—monks would literally assault bishops in the street whom they believed were heretics. An apparently ecumenical council proclaimed heretical doctrine and had to later be condemned. Almost 1,000 years later, the Great Western Schism wreaked havoc on the Church, as three different men claimed to be pope and average Catholics had no way to know who was right and who was an imposter. When a Catholic knows the history of the Church, as well as the current situation, and is able to keep its eyes on Christ - his faith will not be shaken. This can ONLY come through prayer and consecrating oneself to the Immaculate Virgin Mother Mary! When She stated that one day I will save the world through the Rosary and the Scapular - it was meant for now! If we do not hold our Blessed Mother's hand and enter into the Ark of Her Immaculate Heart - we will drown in the murky waters of deception, fraud and the devil. She has been given special powers by God for this day and age to protect us with Her Scapular and Her Rosary. She will crush the serpent's head and keep us from danger!
We need to keep our eyes on Jesus and Mary. It saddens me that since the COVID lie to lock down our Churches, many who went to the Novus Ordo Churches which first - completely shut down- unheard of - then followed every protocol of mask mandates, every other pew sectioned off for seating, making reservations so the Church was not full - SUFFERED GREAT LOSS with these scary and time consuming lies. Unfortunately, the Latin Mass was not an option for my adult children who will not go to a Latin Mass. They were brought up with Novus Ordo and like to remain in this comfort zone of no change - that is until it was taken away for the sake of spreading germs! What about the strength received in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist! Is that not missed? Now, they do not go to Mass at all even after it was returned. How many young people (and older) completely fell away from the Church because of the COVID craziness of mandates and the Church scandals which flood the news. How many are not getting Jesus in the Eucharist for strength during these trying times in history - leaving them vulnerable to being attacked by the enemy?
Archbishop Lefebrve stated that the Novus Ordo Mass would lead to a great falling away from the faith - it did. He stated this before we saw it with our own eyes. During the COVID lies - those who had a prayer life and wanted Jesus in the Eucharist found Latin Masses still available. No masks, no reservations, no separations in pews. THESE PARISHES GREW AND ARE GROWING. One good thing came from COVID - It was a blessing to those who found the True Mass - the Mass that was not tampered with Modernism like the Novus Ordo. (Video link below)
We now have Pope Francis realizing that the Novus Ordo parishes are dying and those offering Latin Masses are growing and he is FURIOUS! The destructive plans of Vatican II are crumbling and he can't have that happen so he must do away with the Latin Mass. Unfortunately for him -- everyone who knows the Truth will STILL go to a Latin Mass even if they are hunted down like the times during Elizabethan England or the French Revolution.
God is allowing this trial to happen and we need to move forward with love and Truth and pray for those who are deceived by erroneous opinions or whom discord keeps aloof. We need to pray for those kept from the True Faith of Jesus Christ and their eternal salvation. We need to beg Our Blessed Mother to bring our children back to Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist so that they will be nourished with God's sanctifying grace and love and protection from the enemy who is roaming the earth and devouring souls.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us!
Good St. Anne, pray for us!
Jesus, truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist, have mercy upon us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!