Keeping the Faith in an Age of Trials

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As the faithful become increasingly confused in the wake of ambiguous and questionable Vatican pronouncements, we should all remember where the Faith comes from, and what it means to stay faithful to it. We all agree that Christians have reason to be confused in 2021. For any believer who is confused due to some statement by a prelate, or some ambiguity of doctrine, let’s start with the following quote. Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, from the mid-20th Century, explains out own situation very well.

From the Remnant:

“Regardless of when it started, it was already evident to those with eyes to see during Vatican II. We know this because a collection of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s writings and addresses, A Bishop Speaks, includes a text the archbishop wrote on October 11, 1964, in which he described the still nascent ‘Spirit of Vatican II’:

‘Let us beware of allowing ourselves to be influenced by a spirit wholly irreconcilable with that which the Roman Pontiffs and earlier Councils have unwearyingly striven to diffuse among Christians. It is not a spirit of progress; it is a spirit of rupture and suicide.’

It took nearly sixty years for this spirit of rupture and suicide to become obvious to most serious Catholics. Now that it is so obvious, we naturally wonder what we should do about it.

Fortunately, Archbishop Lefebvre’s text also includes practical guidance that is even more pressing today than it was decades ago. ‘Faced with such a storm and all that it has unleashed, what are we to do?’ He answers his own question with four tasks for us: keep our Faith indefectible; be objective; publicly profess our Faith without flinching; and pray and do penance. Beginning with the one task that must be the foundation of our entire lives- to keep our Faith indefectible- we can learn to find safe harbor as the storms he saw intensify today:

Keep Our Faith Indefectible. ‘Keep our faith indefectible, our attachment to what the Church has always taught, and never let ourselves be moved or discouraged. Our Lord puts our faith to the test as He did with the Apostles and as He tried Abraham. In order that He may do so we must really have the impression that we are about to perish. Thus the victory of Truth will be indeed that of God and not our own.’

As Archbishop Lefebvre wrote nearly sixty years ago, God allows our Faith to be tested so that we turn to Him with humility and trust. The fact that the most vile enemies imaginable are so dedicated to making us abandon or alter our Faith should make it clear that we must never do so.” (Read the entire thing here; it’s a doozy.)

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre provides very solid teaching for Catholics in this age. In a time when the crisis of the Church was in its chaotic infancy, he stood by the teachings and traditions of the Church. To preach faith, consistency, prayer, and penance is a some of the best advice a believer can receive in the era of Pachamama, and a “Catholic” President who promotes and funds the murder of unborn children.

How many of us are praying for the forgiveness and conversion of our President, or our clerics? How many of us are praying for the cleansing of the Church of corruption and error? How many of us are doing penance for the sins of the world, or the blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart?

It’s not just about doing penance for our sins. Like Christ, we should be doing penance for the Earth, starting with our nearest kin.

Our Lady’s “Five First Saturdays” devotion, inaugurated at Fatima to atone for the blasphemies against Our Lady, is a great place to kickstart your out-of-Sunday devotional life. Plus, it’s on a weekend, which makes it all the easier for those of us working weekdays. Here is an introduction to this very simple, but powerful, devotion.

Our Lady of Fatima, ora pro nobis!