God’s Good Servant, But Me First: Reflections On Our Times.

The video above, which I saw some days ago, moved me to some rather sad reflections about the mentality prevailing in our days.

It is not only the saintly ways of the young man – botht in life and in dying – that struck me. It is the entirely different way in which the death of a 15 years old boy would be taken today, even by people who profess to be Catholics, compared to those times.

The dream of Saint John Bosco (which took place some 20 years after Saint Domenico Savio’s canonisation) describes a multitude of boys who clearly died at a young age, and were all, very clearly, happy in heaven and absorbed in such a total, all-encompassing glory even the total glory that was given to dream to Saint John Bosco was only a pale reflection of their real joy.

Every XIX Century reader of Don Bosco would, I am sure, instinctively understand the death of so many young boys as one of the ways a Provident God arranges everything in a wonderful way, though the beauty of it might not disclose itself to the reader in all its fulness until he dies.

Not so today. Today, many among even church-going Catholics would naturally understand – and, no doubt, Francis would encourage them in this – such an event as one that gives them the right to be angry at God, doubt Him, even antagonise or condemn Him.

Your typical Francis, as the one on record with saying that perhaps the Blessed Virgin felt herself cheated at the foot of the Cross, would likely approve of such feelings of rebellion, justify them, and consider them quite the healthy reaction. This is, also, quite in tune with the common “feeling” among lukewarm, wannabe, and hearsay Christians.

They all know, and have always known, that many children die. However, this knowledge never inspired them to doubt, or rebel to, God. But when it happens to their own child, clearly God must either have made a big, big mistake, or He cannot exist at all, because if He existed, He would never allow their own child to die; only the children of other, preferably African, certainly far away people!

This thinking, which is clearly absurd, is – I assure you – standard fare here in the UK, most assuredly among many, if not most, Catholics. It is, I think, the result of that most typical unspoken mantra of the V II Church: God’s good servant, but Me first.

We see this everywhere: in the soppy, man-made liturgy; in the deep involvement with the world; in the self-centredness; in the eagerness to absolve, nay, canonise ourselves and those dear to us no matter what their failings.

I wonder what their reaction would be, upon knowing that even among Don Bosco’s youth, many got lost!

But what I am saying… they would think it exaggeration, or even superstition.

They are so good after all.

Likely better than God, Who is so uncharitable and hoo-moo-phoo-beec.

Posted on August 14, 2022, in Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. sixlittlerabbits

    There is a similar upsetting trend in regard to religious orders that are vowed to poverty and are soliciting funds to build new facilities from scratch for millions of dollars. Seven brothers in TX are soliciting to build a $5 million church. Benedictine nuns of Ephesus in Gower, Missouri, are soliciting funds to continue their own building campaign (they already have air conditioning) and that for their daughter house in Ava. Abbess talks of how “transferring digits” from donor’s bank to theirs is appropriate to provide for the Spouses of Christ.
    Gone are days when a religious community would move into an old building and add to it as their numbers increased, like the Poor Clares in Gallup, New Mexico; one of their number wrote the classic story of their lives as “A Right to Be Merry.”
    Shaking my head!

  2. They were on the way to be lost, falling. Not lost yet, at the time.

  3. How many, while being angry at God over the deaths of children, at the same time support the physical murder of children in the wombs of their mothers by abortion (and then trafficking in their hijacked body parts to make what passes for vakseens), and the spiritual murder of children by exposing them to pornography and degeneracy from the tenderest age?

  4. I think this is akin to capital punishment. St. Alphonsus Liguori said that the death penalty was an act of mercy, because it gave the killer a opportunity that he deprived his victim of: the ability to prepare soulfully for the hour of his death. Moderns reject that concept of mercy completely, and call it a “crime against human dignity”. Instead, they want the Francismercy, where the killer lives, and is allowed to kill wantonly, provided we accept them.

  5. Philip Johnson

    Beautiful account of The Faith and our trust in being faithful to The Catholic Church.Wonderful account.Thanks Mr Mundy!

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