January 1, 2019. Another year, and the push to make new resolutions for a “New Year, New You” for the coming twelve months, mixed with the jokes about broken resolutions and the unending cycle of same.
For us as Catholics, the year begins with Mass – not for a new year, but to honor the power of the Incarnation through the fiat of Mary, in a grand Solemnity. I cantored for a local Mass last night, and played at the chapel for another, this morning. This is a very good way to begin.
We are in a grave time of crisis, and we have important choices to make. Our culture is running mad. Children are being exploited as sex objects, even applauded for being transgender or a drag queen on national television, for all our children to see and to think should be imitated or looked up to. Local libraries and bookstores are promoting reading hours with drag queens — again, to influence our children and to lure them into a false glamour, to rob them of their innocence.
There is an increasing push to criminalize reparative therapy: the gay lobby insists, very loudly, that it is impossible to change one’s gender preference and that reparative therapy is abuse of a criminal degree — while they insist that one can overcome biology to change one’s own gender.
Public schools are promoting these ideologies, and even taking children to begin the process of “transitioning” — without parental consent. Parents who oppose these manipulations of their children are being charged with criminal acts and losing their children to the State.
It’s being reported than nearly 14,010,000 babies were aborted in the past year.
The hallmarks of paganism are human sacrifice and sexual depravity.
More and more, Christians and those who hold traditional moral and social values are being scorned, persecuted, punished in the public square.
And even our beloved Church, which is supposed to be the safeguard of all things holy, and the example of sanctity in the world, is embroiled in one controversy and crisis after another — as princes of the Church protect one another from accountability for grave misdeeds, and promote individuals who defy Church teaching in order to promote deviance in the name of “love” and “acceptance.”
We can’t even take our own pontiff seriously, any more, for whatever words he might utter about homosexuals being kept from the priesthood, he promotes and protects the apologists for the homosexual lifestyle and punishes those who actually hold faithful to the Magisterium.
So, in this coming year, I propose that we must be resolved:
- to make an oblation, an offering, of our lives to God.
- to live faithfully to Christ, even in isolation, even in defiance of the tsunami of atheism and insanity that is pouring in on us.
- to know our Faith better, day by day, through diligent study of the Scriptures and works of the Magisterium (beginning, in conjunction with the Scriptures, the Catechism)
- to foster a greater love for Christ, through an increase in prayer and devotional time, so that the whole of our life might be a continual, unceasing prayer and praise
- to practice the Works of Mercy – which includes the often-uncomfortable Works of rebuking sinners and instructing the ignorant
- to guard our minds and hearts against the influence of the Evil One
- to do all in our power to protect our homes and families from evil influence
- for those who are married to pray together as a couple, and those with children to incorporate the family rosary and prayer in your daily routine
- for those who are not married to find prayer partners with whom you will unite in prayer and service, holding one another up to God and to accountability
- to serve faithfully in the Church Militant in that sphere of life to which we are called, and in which we daily live.
Frankly, I think our culture has gone past the point of no return. I don’t believe we can recover the innocence and purity of past generations. I believe we are now on a Search And Rescue mission.
Let us do our very best.
Vivat Christus Rex!