There Is So Much Work To Do

I have, once, written a longish blog post about all those Francis and the others never consider: the good wife or husband left by the spouse, the good girl ridiculed by her peers, and so on. Alas, there are several thousand posts on this blog, and I could not trace it.
But it does not matter, because my thoughts were expressed so well by Mr Anthony Esolen, writing for The Remnant. Hat tip, as basically always, to Rorate Caeli. 
Below is the link to this achingly beautiful article. So beautiful, in fact, that I wish to have not only the link, but the very words hosted, or I should say embraced, in my little effort.
Take the time to read it, and spread it if you can. One image in particular –  “Here is a girl at age twelve who has seen things on a screen that her grandmother could never have imagined” – struck me like a lightning, because in my innocence or stupidity I had never awakened to the fact. Shocking. But true, no doubt, in countless cases. 
Take the time, I beg you, and spread the link below if you can. 
There is so much work to do, as Francis keeps blaspheming. 
Anthony Esolen, Remnant.
Forgive me, Lord, if I use your words for an admonitory parable. … That is why you came among us, to call sinners back to the fold. Not to pet and stroke them for being sinners… . … We do not have Pharisees who preen themselves for having followed the letter of the law and missed its soul. We have Pharisees who preen themselves for disobeying the law, even the most serious admonitions of the law, even your own clear words on marriage and divorce, while presuming to have discovered a soul-of-the-law whose existence has eluded two thousand years of martyrs, saints, popes, bishops, and theologians.

Let me speak for the children of divorce, who see their homes torn in two, because of a mother or a father who has shrugged away the vow of permanence. I see them straining to put a fine face on it, to protect the very parents who should have protected them, to squelch back their own tears so as not to hurt those who have hurt them. Who speaks for them, harried from pillar to post? Who pleads their case, whose parents conveniently assume that their children’s happiness must depend upon their own contentment, and not the other way around? Where is my Church’s apostolate for the children sawn in half, while the Solomons of our time looked the other way?
Let me speak for the children thrust into confusion, to justify the confusion of their parents or of people in authority over them. Here is a boy whose father is absent or aloof. He needs to be affirmed in his boyhood, but he shies away from the other boys. Then sidles the teacher into the garden of his boyhood to suggest to him unrealities that he cannot understand. Who speaks for that boy, lonely and hesitant upon the shore, while his more confident fellows splash and swim? Who comes to his assistance to supply the want of fatherly care? Which of my Church’s bishops in all their years have ever turned a single glance his way?
Let me speak for the children exposed to unutterable evils on all sides. Here is a girl at age twelve who has seen things on a screen that her grandmother could never have imagined. She is taking pictures of herself already, and making “friends” among the sons and daughters of Belial. This is happening under our very eyes. She goes to the drug store and must confront magazines for “women” blaring out their headlines about sex and what without any irony goes by the name of “beauty,” and nobody says, “Why should this be?” Who speaks up for her innocence?
Let me speak up for the young people who see the beauty of the moral law and the teachings of the Church, and who are blessed with noble aspirations, but who are given no help, none, from their listless parents, their listless churches, their crude and cynical classmates, their corrupted schools. These youths and maidens in a healthier time would be youths and maidens indeed, and when they married they would become the heart of any parish. Do we expect heroic sanctity from them? Their very friendliness will work against them. They will fall. Do you care? Many of these will eventually “shack up,” and some will leave dead children in the wake of their friendliness. Where are you? You say that they should not kill the children they have begotten, and you are right about that. So why are you shrugging and turning aside from the very habits that bring children into the world outside of the haven of marriage?
Let me speak up for the young people who do in fact follow the moral law and the teachings of the Church. Many of these are suffering intense loneliness. Have you bothered to notice? Have you considered all those young people who want to be married, who should be married, but who, because they will not play evil’s game, can find no one to marry? The girls who at age twenty-five and older have never even been asked on a date? The “men” languishing in a drawn-out adolescence? These people are among us; they are everywhere. Who gives them a passing thought? They are suffering for their faith, and no one cares. Do you care, leaders of my Church?
What help do you give them? Do you not rather at every step exacerbate their suffering, when by your silence and your telling deeds you confirm in them the terrible fear that they have been played for chumps, that their own leaders do not believe, that they would have been happier in this world had they gone along with the world, and that their leaders would have smiled upon them had they done so?
You want more? More people who do not merit a footnote? What about the men and women abandoned by their spouses? Have you stood up for their rights? What about the innocent men who, after they have been abandoned, become in effect slaves to a corrupt and lawless regime? Have you stood up for them?
Who speaks for the penitent, trying to place his confidence in a Church that cuts his heart right out, because she seems to take his sins less seriously than he does?
Venturing forth into the margins, my leaders? You have not placed one toe outside of the plush rugs of your comfort. Do so, I beg you! Come and see all those whom the Lonely Revolution has hurt. Leave your parlors and come to the sheepfold!

Posted on November 8, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Such a poignant post, it nearly brings me to tears. Thank you for giving it pride of place on your blog.

  2. OT: Burke is out. Other two relative minors Monsignori out too ( ratzingheriani, so to speak) See Rorate

  3. Expresses so well the betrayal and suffering of the abandoned flock. Lord, protect us.

  4. There is indeed an incredible amount of work to be done and we will with the help of God do what we must; spiritual swords drawn one instant at time.

    BREAKING: Pope Francis removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post, demoted to ceremonial role from Life Site news. We along with Cardinal Burke knew this was coming. This historically is an unprecedented move by a Pope for reasons very evident, known to those of good will. We are most likely finally right on the cusp of good and evil being drawn out into the open for all to choose their destiny. This will be a time of great suffering and we must pray, help and support in each other. We beg and implore the help and courage from all in Heaven in this pending battle.

    I do not know and it would be wrong for me to speculate but I can not help but ask a few questions although asked in my feeble mortal words.

    How does Saint Pius X, Archbishop Lefebvre and those in Heaven feel about SSPX?

    How does Saint Pius V and all in Heaven feel about his decree in Quo Primum on the sanctity and perpetual certitude of the Holy sacrifice of the Mass in the proper reverent manner?

    How does Jesus feel about “no Salvation Outside the Catholic Church” being reduced by all but a remnant to a meaningless formula?

    How does Heaven feel about VCII? …. The Novus Ordo Mass? The crisis in the Church today?

    How does Jesus and all in Heaven feel about Pope Francis?

    We think of Heaven as eternal bliss and indescribable happiness of every soul there being with God and yet Heaven is besieged with prayers from those desperate, suffering, indescribable heartache etc. Those in Heaven must be consumed with earthly pleadings? We have messages and apparitions from Blessed Mother filled with tears and lamenting on the sinfulness and disobedience of so so many and yet we do not answer her pleadings?
    Perhaps Heaven will only be eternal bliss after the world ends and the last soul has departed from Purgatory?

    Are Pope’s John XXIII and John Paul II currently on assignment from Heaven to repair VCII?

    Does the approved texts and translations of Our Lady of Fatima when Lucia inquires as to the eternal status of a dear friend is told by Blessed Mother that she will be in purgatory until the end of world scare me? hell yes! What did she do?

    Mundabor, sorry about my lengthy post but lastly we beg Heaven to give us the grace and wisdom to do what we must do?


    George Brenner

  5. “The “men” languishing in a drawn-out adolescence?”

    How about the MEN (no scare-quotes) who seek a wife and a mother but, because they are MEN, can’t find either? They want nothing more than a faithful wife and a devoted mother, and yet the “church” (scare-quotes are back) only supports the feminist-leaning types who’ve made ‘mistakes’ with half a dozen one-night stands and contracept to the point of being permanently infertile. These are another sub-set that need a voice in this article and within this new “church” wrought by VII and Francis…

    • I agree with you.
      Real men (the writer includes himself) were not treated kindly by their own time; because they never found the purity their heart for yearning.

      Having said that, the men languishing in the drawn-out adolescence are exactly the types who perpetuate these situation; end up marrying a woman who has had twelve or twenty-two men before them; and then complain when the divorce happens.


  6. Many of us did poorly in regards to dating and marriage, in the years following VII. There was precious little guidance. I had been told to ‘lighten up’ and to ‘quit expecting so much’ in confession in my dating years.

    I will tell Mark that he could do worse than search out the traditional Mass centers—including the SSPX. I know many young women who would be delighted to meet Catholic men who want to pursue a Catholic marriage. The situation isn’t as bleak as it was 30 years ago. At that time I believed we were part of a rapidly dying breed. The internet and the reversion to the traditional Mass have helped a lot.

    Prayers for all who write here.

  7. This article could be about me. I was scandalized by both the culture and yes even so called catholic school. In college I could get all the “action” I wanted but I could not find a real woman of virtue who wanted marriage(I did finally find this). It was distressing since I came from a loving mother and father devoted to each other.

    I am a child of the 70s and 80s. My parents had no idea what I was exposed to as a young man. Unfortunately I did not have heroic virtue and in college I got so angry and frustrated I just gave up and joined the crowed. So I mourn for the scandalized sheep. I think often of how close I came to walking away from the faith. Hell was my destination. No priest ever showed any interest in the state of my soul. Even if I wanted to confess(which I didn’t because I was taught it really was not necessary) there were no confessions to be found. I wonder what the effect is of all those people who, while at the hour of death, were denied the sacraments? Or was it worse if the sacraments were administered by a priest, probably a sodomite or secret atheist, who gave the sacrament in half measure not believing in it at all? But yet the “out reach” to the rapacious sodomite was in every parish, priest falling all over themselves to minister to these people!

    The Church has been made desolate by the merciful and just hand of God. All we have now is the promise that those who cry out to Him will not be lost, and the tiny remnant who hold to the true faith. Now I know the truth and how I was lied too and abandoned. I am angry and will yield no more to these demonic men no matter who they are. The time of charity is over! We must shout to their faces: Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

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