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The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. – Psalm 34

The other day someone asked me “how are you doing?” and I responded by saying “well, with a new pandemic on the horizon and the panic surrounding that, and the government oppression regarding masks and mandatory vaccinations, the flood in China, likely source of the Wuhan Devil. We, even here in South Dakota are suffering the effects of wildfires in Canada, and wildfires burning all over the globe, including one in California, that is as large as Manhattan. We have earthquakes in numbers not known in recent years. We have in the United States, under the Biden regime, the repeal of the Hyde Amendment which now forces all tax payers to pay for selective abortion up to birth, and forces doctors and nurses, even against their conscience, to refer for abortions. In these United States of America, we have violence in major cities described as demonic. We have Muslims taking over Afghanistan, spreading their hatred of Christians near and far. We have reports of clergy in and around the Vatican using Grindr. A gay hookup app, for those who don’t know. We see continued financial scandals in the Vatican, and in many dioceses. We have a pope who seems to see the priority to stamp out, as far as he can, the Traditional Latin Mass, instead of rooting out scandal and corruption in the Church that seems to be everywhere. And FINALLY Mr. McCarrick has had criminal charges brought against him. But other than that, I’m doing fine.”

No, I really am doing fine. No panic or fear here. Health wise the doctors gave me something to give more energy, and something to dull the pain of pretty much never moving. The pulmonologist said I’m doing well, at least as well as can be expected given my disease. I’m well taken care of by my family who have many unpleasant tasks to take care of me. They will, no doubt, receive their reward. Spiritually, things are dry, but good.

Many today seem to live in fear. They are afraid of the delta variant. They are afraid of what the government might force lockdowns again. They are afraid that the government will mandate a Vaccine they believe to be immoral. They are afraid to go out in their cities for fear of being harmed. They are afraid the Church will take the Traditional Latin Mass away. They are afraid to believe this pope of “reform”. And they are afraid that they won’t be able to resist these things, but go with the flow.

Fear, fear, fear.

You know who wants us to live in fear? Old Hairy Legs. The devil. The ancient serpent. So far, if we look at the world, fear is winning, which means that the devil is winning, for now.

My little flock, it is time to wake up and fight. Every moment we don’t fight, souls go to hell because they die in fear and not in trust of God.

The solution is simple, but difficult. We must first begin to live in the state of grace ourselves. That might require going to confession. So, GO! Then we must trust the Lord with immense confidence. If that comes hard, and for many it does, pray the Rosary, the Jesus prayer, wear the brown scapular, and read scripture every day, especially the Psalms and the New Testament. These are the tools to gain confidence in the Lord Jesus.

As for the rest, when we gain confidence in God, the demons become little fruit flies that we can kill with a mere finger. That’s how to do battle with the Ancient serpent. Have such confidence in Jesus that the temptations to fear are but gnats we swat away and bring to their demise.

So, the way to enter the battle raging around us, and it is raging. Frankly, I don’t know how people don’t realize that raging around us is a battle of apocalyptic proportion. I guess they are too engrossed in their cell phones, their video games, and their tv. If they put down these things, and engaged the program I laid out above they would soon realize the trouble we are in. Then, having sanctified themselves and be ready to put on the whole armor of God and stand to fight as part of Our Lady’s army which will defeat the evil one.

Once this confidence is achieved we can have the courage to fight. To be willing to go to jail for the sake of truth, or face being ostracized by the very Church we love. It takes great confidence in Jesus to say, take me to prison, cut off my head, excommunicate me, I will not betray my Lord in whom I place my confidence.

Confidence in the Lord is key. Without it we will crumble in battle. So, my children, do what you need to gain confidence in the Lord and Our Lady. With them we will win. Without them we run the risk of falling into hell.

So:

Go to confession

Pray the Rosary daily

Pray the Jesus Prayer constantly

Wear the brown scapular constantly

Read the Psalms and New Testament daily

Then, and only then fight.

 

I rarely post articles on this site by choice, but this on was so on the money that it made me invoke the old adage that rules are made to be broken. To whet your whistle, here is a quote:

Most of the world’s Catholics won’t take any interest at all in Traditionis Custodes. In view of the small number of traditionalist communities, most will hardly understand what is going on. Indeed, we have to ask ourselves whether the pope had no more urgent task—in the midst of the sex abuse crisis, the Church’s financial scandals, schismatic movements like the German synodal path, and the desperate situation of Chinese Catholics—than to suppress this small, devoted community.

Go and read the rest at First Things HERE.

 

The following letter to Pope Francis was written mostly in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Recently, my dear sister snapped this photo in one of my former parishes. I am touched by the cross, which is so central in this sanctuary. And, oh how this Motu Proprio has brought to so many bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians and laity the cross. But we must not put our trust in princes, but in the Lord, who has, in times past delivered, us from the hands of many a tyrant. So, do not fear! Have confidence! And remember those words spoken by our Lady of Fatima, “my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way to God,” and  “in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Let us flee to our mother, and in this Year of St. Joseph, let us cry out to St. Joseph, terror of demons, to soften the hearts of the Holy Father and drive from the Vatican, that evil which we know resides there.

22 July 2021

St. Mary Magdalene

His Holiness, Pope Francis

Vatican City State

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Most Holy Father,

PAX!

I write today in response to your latest Motu Proprio. I found it disturbing, cruel, and unnecessary. Let me explain.

My first real encounter with the Traditional Latin Mass was when I was studying liturgy at the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary. A class was offered on its theology and included a practicum. Learning the theology of the Mass and celebrating it often, even daily, changed my priesthood for the better. In time, being lonely at school and desiring to have a regular parish to carry out pastoral duties, especially on the weekends, the parish that welcomed me was a parish that offered both forms of the Roman Rite. Every other week I was afforded the privilege of offering a Missa Cantata. On the other weeks I offered the ordinary form. I also heard literally hundreds of confessions each weekend. It was the single most blessed opportunity while in Chicago. It made me understand the Mass more fully, and no doubt prepared me for the sacrifice I am now making in my suffering from ALS.

You see, Your Holiness, in December 2019, I was diagnosed with ALS. A terminal, non-curable disease that slowly has taken away my speech, my abilities to walk, talk, move, swallow, and eat. Right now, I am unable to offer Holy Mass, which means I have become the victim, with Jesus, upon the Altar of the Cross. That theology and spirituality comes directly from the Traditional Latin Mass, and saints who were formed by it. It has made me have hope in suffering instead of becoming bitter and angry. The Traditional Latin Mass also taught me that I can be a victim with Christ, and thus offer my sufferings for the Church in this time of confusion, idolatry, and schism in Germany.

As I look toward my death, this Motu Proprio has caused me deep grief and anxiety. To think, if this Motu Proprio is to be taken at face value, I will have to have my funeral, which I desire to be a Solemn Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in a gym or other non-parish setting. I’m sorry, Your Holiness, but that is cruel to me and my family, and all at the hand of someone who I am supposed to call Holy Father. No, you have shown yourself something less than that. Fathers do not give his son a snake when he asks for a fish.

The supposed excuse for this all, is unity. My time at Mundelein taught me that never did I find disunity there among the standing room only flock that filled the Church every Sunday. What I found was unity in the perennial teachings of the Church. I found unity in the reception of the Sacraments regularly and with devotion. I found unity in devotion. And I found unity in fraternity among parishioners. Would that this parish would spread like wildfire! Instead, in so many parishes we see disunity all around. Catholics not believing in the Eucharist, confusion about divorce and remarriage, and the elephant in the White House, should or should not Joe Biden receive Holy Communion? Let me assure you, there is no such lack of unity of faith or confusion in the parish I helped in Illinois.

I also can’t help but think of our seminarians, who themselves have come to love the richness of the Traditional Latin Mass, or the newly ordained who were confident that this Mass would be part of their lives? And now to have it so suddenly taken away, it is unfair and cruel, and I feel we will lose many of them, just when we need the most!

I beg of you, Holy Father, to promptly rescind this Motu Proprio, so that priests, like myself, seminarians, religious, and bishops may be able, once again, to celebrate the Mass that formed the saints throughout the ages.

At least, see us as the marginalized, which we now are. Consider visiting us at the margins with mercy instead of vengeance. Come see if you find anger, bitterness, disunity, or disbelief in the perennial teachings of the Church. Come immerse yourself in the smell of your newly marginalized sheep. I am confident you will find their love, joy, unity, lots of growth, and the living Spirit of God.

Again, I beg you, rescind this Motu Proprio.

Praying that your heart may be softened toward the marginalized sheep of your pasture, I remain

Yours, in the Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Fr. Dana Ambrose Christensen, Obl. OSB