Dear Mr. Richard of Danbury, Many of us “good intentioned” citizens…. who have grown up in the deception of Novus Ordo life – but by God’s grace have been allowed to a clearer understanding of to some extent… and now attend one traditional Mass or other are trying, with the help of the Rosary and Our Mother Mary, to dig out of the free masonic lies, modernist snares, that have sucked us into a thick financial muck, that is most difficult to climb out of…
Come Holy Ghost!
Truly, it is by God’s Grace that the Catholics who are moving to the orthodox, traditional Faith are beginning to discern the Truths of our Faith. While I was of the generation that witnessed the before, during, and after of VCII and had a standard by which to judge the innovations foisted on the unsuspecting Faithful, it is folks of your generation who are completely in the dark and, like you, must rely on God’s Grace to see through the haze of the Novus Ordo. Indeed, you are being led by the Holy Ghost to seek the Truth, so be grateful for this gift.
Bottom line… our decisions have been less than wise, not at all Catholic, and in line with the self seeking attitude of our times – so our life is one of debt, a slavery – I’m sure we deserve….
Indeed! …but without seeking excuses, this is how we’ve all been raised, that is, to view success from a secular rather than purely Catholic sense …a sensus fidei! So do not beat yourself too harshly, after all, you’ve now “seen the light”, so to speak.
So What Now??? Much has changed in our understanding of the Faith, how we live our daily lives, and the decisions we make – through the Faith…
We are in the city (South of San Diego), my husband and I and children are willing and wanting to make a move to some other area. We sense it, but not yet sure if it is Our Lady’s promptings or where or what is to be done… so we pray and wait and try to live in His Will…
The path now is to follow the urging of the Holy Ghost by following the true, orthodox, traditional Catholic Faith. If, you are in doubt of the veracity or origin of the path, take time to stop, analyze, and examine the fruits of His lead for “by their fruits you will know them”. We in tradition also have an episcopal moral and theological leader in His Excellency, Bishop Richard N. Williamson; truly an orthodox, traditional Catholic cleric. Also seek friends and form relationships with like-minded fellow Catholics, sometimes easier said than done. Nevertheless, seek them out for together you will have mutual support and parish structure. Finally, study and read of your Catholic Faith by reading pre-VCII books. This will lead to deeper understanding of the Faith and a firmer resolve to follow the true, orthodox, traditional Catholic Faith.
So here or there – how does one STOP living the MODERNIST LIFE? How does one avoid USURY – when drowning in it??? How do we get off of this Wheel of deception, and live a Catholic existence? Blessed Poverty! If we could only obtain it…. but we are worse than poor, we are pathetic slaves to a system we don’t even fully understand.
The initial step is to get off the “debt merry-go-round”, that is, pay-down your debt as quickly as possible. Few people have the foresight to see that in today’s precarious economic and social situation that debt will be a millstone about their necks should a job loss or other personal or system wide situation occur. Again, this may seem hard to do, but if you analyze your budget you can find areas that, while nice to have, are really not all that necessary; for instance, cable TV, (the finger of Satan in the family anyway, but that is another article entirely); or switching to cloth diapers instead of expensive disposable; plus other imaginative steps. Keep in mind though not getting scrupulously austere, allowing family celebrations on regular occasions as time and finances will allow. While this may seem like a hand-to-mouth existence to many friends and family, bear in mind it is they who suffer from a poverty of debt slavery which will eventually become evident. Your sacrifices now will be an investment in your future. His Excellency, +Williamson has, since before his episcopal consecration in 1988, urged a get out of debt strategy as the means of attaining not only peace of mind but of setting up an truly Catholic environment in which the Catholic body and soul will flourish. Also remember that following Our Lord Jesus Christ was never meant to be a walk down herbaceous garden paths; on the contrary, it is a life of sacrifice, repentance, and reparation. So attach any hardships to the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ and find real peace.
We see now – these past years, that we just want to be Catholic. In a Catholic Culture – (even if this just consists of us, alone, wherever we are….)
Achieving a Catholic culture in our rabidly secular society is extremely difficult as the secular culture is aggressively against any semblance of Christ and his Church in modern Western Civilization. Even a sub-culture of Faith is hard to accomplish. To illustrate, the whole sub-culture of Sodomy, is flourishing mightily within society because our superficial materialistic culture supports it. This is not the case for Catholicism. That said, don’t go it alone as individuals or a family, you need the support of even a loosely connected traditional Catholic parish. Again, seek out like-minded families and form strong bonds. The only caveat is to be sure they are truly on the same traditional and orthodox Catholic page as you and your family. For instance, families that indiscriminately switch from a Motu Proprio Mass and Sacraments …to SSPX-Marian Corp …to a Sede Vacantist Mass can only lead to family confusion. Stay with a truly orthodox traditional Catholic surroundings, preferably not with a Motu Proprio situation, which is designed to ultimately lead astray and water down orthodox Catholic practice.
Well, I’m not the most schooled person… My husband, a retired Navy helicopter pilot, struggling in Real Estate…. me, a homeschool mom. We are grateful for the Truths that we have been allowed to realize in our Faith, for the scales that have been allowed to fall from our eyes… and as more are falling through time – we just need to pick up the pieces of Truth and remold our lives. This will take time – but Time seems to be running short….
Do not belittle yourselves, St. Joseph and the Holy Virgin Mary were largely uneducated by today’s standards and even homeschooled Our Savior Jesus Christ. Indeed, he was so learned that he taught the Scribes, Pharisees, and Elders right in the Temple in Jerusalem; so what better example do you have. As to time running short, all is in God’s hands; He will intervene for “the sake of the elect”, as He promised. Our Catholic Faith is one of hope and comfort and not material ease and status. Follow the lead of the Holy Ghost.
USURY…. what do you have to say about that one???
As regards usury, I have definite ideas on the subject based on Catholic teaching. These will be made evident in future issues of Catholic Rural Solutions; so kept in touch with the blog.
Thank you for reading this rambling thought of a letter… Thank you for sharing your thoughts and seasonal farm happenings….
It is my pleasure! Although our family is now grown with families of their own, We too went through all the struggles and doubts of a contemporary family in Western Society. Therefore, in my blog I try to give the benefit of our experience to those young families struggling now. Just continue the Rosary with the intent of the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart and follow the urgings of the Holy Ghost and all will be well, though at times it may not seem so.
In addition, take comfort in the Prayer of St, Theresa of Avila:
Let nothing disturb thee,
Let nothing frighten thee.
All things pass.
God does not change.
Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
Blessings to you and your family, +JMJ Barbara de la Vega
God bless you and yours also, and all who hold the true, orthodox, traditional Catholic Faith.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.