Cogitatio: Christ Was Here

Cogitatio For The Fourth Week of April, 2018 A.D.:

The month of April, 2018 has been a poignant one for Christianity.  It ends with the English medical and court systems basically leaving little Alfie Evans to the elements, despite so many prayers and opportunities for him to be treated elsewhere.  His life at the moment hangs in the balance with no telling what will happen except that England as a nation now leaves behind the last shreds of its Christianity, opting for whatever comes after.  It was all a stunningly pre-Christian, even pagan, tableau.  Leave the weak to fend for themselves, it’s better off if they go, no use for them to suffer, and no need to worry because the tyrannical state will decide it all for you.

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Cogitatio: Take Up Your Cross

The cross was meant for the worst enemies of Rome.  Ugly, painful, shameful, torturous humiliation for all the world to see.  And this, not the giving of gifts, not the hiding of eggs, not the message that obeying the Bible leads to wealth and power, this cross is the center of the Christian faith.  In some mysterious way the path to everlasting life leads us on a trail through suffering and self-sacrifice, sacrifice for others, sacrifice for God.

This is Lent.

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Cogitatio: The Opposite of Mercy

Cogitatio For The Second Week of February, 2018 A.D.:

This week we learned that the Holy Father received a letter two years ago informing him that Chilean Bishop Juan Barros was a child molester. The bishop’s nefarious acts had been a major story in Latin America years before, and it is simply improbable that the Holy Father did not know of evidence against the bishop despite his publicly claiming that there was none.

This may prove little other than the fact that the current Holy Father sees the world as people for him and people against him, and readily defends the former and decries the latter. Regardless of the Holy Father, though, the underlying issue is the abuse and molestation of children.

There are defenses, of course. The number of priests involved in these atrocities resembles the number of the general public, or teachers, or clerics that work with children in other religions. The important point, though, is that the faith is not just a font of mercy. We all want mercy for the things we have done, but an overabundance of mercy is nothing other than an injustice.

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Cogitatio: All of Tradition

This Age is like a post-modern toxic gas that fills the air around things and slowly breaks them down, wears them out, annihilates them. It is disbelief, disdain and doubt in concentrate form, suspended like acidic droplets and spread throughout the world.

It is only the Church in all its glory, the Church of tradition, the Church connected in every way to its beginnings, that can fight it. Half compromises and cute winks to the poisons of the Age have gotten us nowhere. Disconnecting ourselves from our belief in its supernatural foundation has proven more than counterproductive.

References to Vatican II are half-measures that will never clear the air. The only weapons that can fight the forces of this Age are those of the bride of Jesus Christ and a full and confident knowledge of heaven and hell, right and wrong, good and evil.

Vatican II was nice, but it failed. It failed to do what it set out to do. Instead of bringing more to Christ through His Church the opposite happened. If it was crafted to work for a certain time, a certain generation, that time, that generation, has gone by.

Jesus Christ acting through Holy Mother Church in all Her Fearless Glory is desperately needed to go face-to-face with the evils of this time, to sweep the across the Earth, to heal a damaged people.

Let us pray for her quick return.

Cogitatio: Priorities

Cogitatio For The First Week of February, 2018 A.D.:

The United States Constitution calls for freedom of religion but does not call for the complete separation of Church and State. Millions of children prayed in schools, thousands of crosses were raised on city property, untold numbers of official meetings began with solemn Christian prayers before courts twisted the words of the founders against the country they created.

Little could the founders have imagined not only that, but the inconceivable: that a religion of progressivism would arise, trying to chase faith not only from the schools and town halls but from the public square. Christianity was to be replaced by a radical secular faith, intolerant of tradition, one that revered only its own sterile politics of death. Prayers have been replaced by teaching every kind of freakishness in the schools, all of which is alright because the new orthodoxy avoids calling itself a religion.

Only at this late date does it finally truly reveal itself. Pain-capable infants are subject to death before birth, free speech is chased off campuses, freedom of religion is forced to accept what the government decides our values should be.

Still, lies will always be lies. Love is not toleration of every action, it is willing the good of the other, including steering him or her away from bad or immoral choices, and (gasp) calling him or her to task when they are made. Faith is not whatever you can justify in your tiny mind, it is set out by God in clear and distinct ways. If something is true, it is true for you and everyone else, everywhere, always. Christianity was at the heart of our democratic republic, and without it we have gone spinning off into a bizarre land where words mean their opposites and where the immoral is only bad before the spin team arrives.

It is, in a way, a testimony to the living Christ that He held this vast western culture together for so long. For over a millennium His heartstrings tugged at us, pulled us in, kept us just moral enough, rational enough to develop and live together.

Then, within just three generations of our driving His faith from the public square, from becoming “post” Christian, our society is showing that it cannot hold itself coherently together without Him. It is showing that we need Jesus Christ at the center. That without our Lord and Savior we will spin apart into a million different pagan pieces, a wasteland of tribes living in a morass of moral confusion with a feckless government telling us what to believe.

How we regain what we were and re-install Christ as our King is not certain. What is plain, though, is that we must before we are all lost.

Cogitatio: Against Modernism

Cogitatio For The Fifth Week of January 2018:

“For I judged not myself to know anything among you, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

First Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Corinthians 2:1

For the modernist, the main tool is shame. Are you so silly a person that you believe in prayer, in angels and miracles, that bread can become the body of Christ before your eyes?

Everything must be explained by science or it cannot be, the Age cries, and you would be a fool to believe these things. They are superstitious, magic, supernatural.

And on this last bit they are correct. To be Christian is to believe in the supernatural–to believe that things outside of nature, indeed above nature, can happen. If you believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, then this includes you.

The instant you realize this, that the universe contains more truth than can be measured, quantified or tested, the scales should fall from your eyes and the world should become a more miraculous place. For now you begin your true journey, shedding the dual priorities of ego and individualism and replacing them with a quest for eternal salvation.

It is this very thing that Pope St. Pius X sought to confirm in people by drafting the Oath Against Modernism, which is the core of the Traditian Order. All of our members will take this Oath, and will be recognizable as people who have made the choice to believe that there is more to this world, indeed that the Kingdom of God surrounds us.

Cogitatio: The Catacombs

Cogitatio For The Fourth Week of January:

The million wires, beams, bits and bytes of social media are now our catacombs, where the traditionalists wait and watch, many filled with anxiety. For every step the modernists take toward claiming the church, though, they lose people in the pews, priests in the parishes, faithful who know that what modernity offers is dried and hollow, nothing more than empty politics wrapped in flowery language.

The growing parishes and orders are instead those renewed with tradition, charged with supernatural grace, packed with faithful who reject the modern age as Jesus and the Apostles demanded. They fill their churches as the modernists stand ready to declare their victory in all the empty ones. Ingredient in the modernists’ victory is their defeat. The prize they seek is a church unconnected to the mystical, the supernatural, the eternal. An empty shell. And that is the prize they will get.

The task of the traditionalist is to stand ready, to plan for the day, to be prepared to catch the body of the Church and to breathe tradition back into its lungs. To learn the faith of the ages and to be unafraid. To train and prepare so that the gates of Hell, as promised, do not prevail against the Church founded by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Modernism is not unbeatable. Like the devil itself, it is already beaten, it just does not understand its fate yet.