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How to stay outside the Revolution: “identify a place …”

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The incomparable Rorate Coeli blog recently posted some constructive advice and encouragement for Catholics during these tumultuous times in the Church:

The one who is truly seeking God in this revolutionary Church, is left frightfully alone.

What to do in this suffocating atmosphere? And what not to do?

First of all, it is important not to be beset by agitation, it is important not to react like revolutionaries: that would be like treating a disease, which is precisely what the Revolution is, with the same illness. The revolutionary spirit, even when it pretends to save the good, will never be the solution.

Instead, it is essential to stay really outside of the Revolution, by living Catholicism integrally in the stability that was there, before the Revolution invaded everything.

In the darkness of [the present] confusion, you need to decide before God to live a stable Catholic life. In order to do this you have to identify a place that transmits the peace of the Faith which possesses revealed truth. A place where the Traditional Mass is celebrated: choose it as a reference for your life, allowing yourself to be educated by this place. Do not live in agitation, in a perennial struggle, but live like Catholics in the Liturgy of all time, in the Doctrine of all time, in the Grace of all time according to the Sacraments of all time; and with that, do all the good that the Lord permits you to do.

Padre Calmel says it like this: “Despite the diabolical efforts of the new post-Vatican II Church, the things that will always be possible and guaranteed in the Church are: the goal for real sanctity, the opportunity of educating oneself, in a real group even if it is very small, about the immutable and supernatural doctrine, under a real authority, conserving the certainty that there will always be true priests and faithful Bishops, who will not have abandoned [themselves] (perhaps even without being aware of it) into the hands of committees and collegiality.” ( R.T. Calmel, Brève apologie pour l’Eglise de toujours [Italian edition], Editrice Ichthys, p 51).
This is all very important. The temptation to “act like revolutionaries” in times of crisis is strong, and pulls in many directions – even in what may appear to be orthodox or traditional directions. At the same time, those who consciously and deliberately “stay outside of the Revolution” will be falsely accused of being revolutionaries themselves, and that should not disturb our peace. The importance of “identifying a place” where one can live like Catholics in the Liturgy of all time, in the Doctrine of all time, in the Grace of all time according to the Sacraments of all time; and with that, do all the good that the Lord permits you to do” – and without being in a state of perpetual unrest, agitation, and uncertainty – is crucial. But we cannot do this alone. 
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November 10, 2013 - Posted by | The Catholic Crisis

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