To Increase Holiness

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Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Christ was a revolutionary figure.  While the world may not see it, thinking Him the ultimate nice guy, every Christian knows it.  He changed the world, challenged the world, demanded action, and he spoke of both heaven and hell as consequences for our actions.  While His message was complex, one person was able to crystallize it perfectly: “Do whatever He tells you.”

In some ways that person, Mary the Mother of God, became more controversial.  Within Christianity itself some downplay her role and deny her place.  The Church formed by her Son, though, never has.  The Bible itself says that she was full of grace, as told by the angel, and what grace she had she reflected onto her Son:  Do whatever He tells you.

Jesus Christ loved his mother, and at His crucifixion he told “the disciple” to “behold your Mother.”  While He was talking to the Apostle John he used the word for “adherent” or “learner” instead.  Mary is the spiritual Mother of all Christians.

The full extent of this doctrine has revealed itself over time, through Mariology, and her greatest champion in recent centuries has probably been Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor who developed a system by which a believer can consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary.

There are many books on this topic, and plenty of information all over the web, so the full history will not be spelled out here, but suffice it to say that his was a 33-day process meant to end on a Marian holy day, and at its heart is prayer to increase the holiness of the participant.

Our Lady of Fatima, a most important holy day, approaches on May 13.  Thirty-three days before that is April 10, 2018, less than a week away, and that is when we will begin.  Those wishing to in the Traditian Order will start the Consecration on that day.  Here is a link to the details including the text we will be using, available for as little as 99 cents online.

Member or not, ready or not, we invite you to join us wherever you pray, on Tuesday April 10 as we strive to be more holy.

 

 

 

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The Bishop Review

bishops mitreBeginning in the summer of 2018, the Traditian Order will start its process of grading the bishops of the Church, all around the world, regarding their respect for, and defense of, Catholic tradition.  This will include a review of their comments compared side by side with the tenets of the Oath Against Modernism.

We expect that one a week will be reviewed, perhaps more in the early weeks, and at the end of the discussion they will receive a grade from A to F from the Order.

Comments are open.

The State of the Order

Alternate Logo Square HalfThe Traditian Order officially began February 5, 2018, a little over a month ago, with its initial membership push, and now it is time to speak of the state of our fledgling Order.

Our initial goal was to take a few months to find 50 worthy members who understand and want to join in our mission to learn, defend and educate on the traditional Catholic faith.  We define this as everything between the nativity of Jesus Christ until about 1960 because the teachings of Vatican II and its legacy are well known, and the failures of the Church leadership since the council are equally well known.

It is our belief that a group we call the “modernists” in the Church have been seeking to bring the Church ever closer to the popular culture of our Age.  This is a problem, first, because Jesus taught that Christians ought not desire the favor of the culture.  Second, because it is precisely the embracing of this freakish culture that has led to the stunning decline in Church attendance and participation.  Wherever a parish or order pops up that clearly loves tradition, people come to it, join it, reverence it.  Meanwhile the modernists insist that we must instead become an echo chamber for the values of the popular culture to build the Church back up–a premise that has failed everywhere it has been tried. For that very reason we require our members to read and agree with the Oath Against Modernism, which you can find on our website, from the very start.

We stand at 42 members after nearly five weeks, and expect to have over 50 members before April 10.  On April 10 we begin our Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, the details of which are here and the event is on Facebook here.  At this time our members will be in prayer each day for 33 days, ending in a personal consecration on May 13, the day of Our Lady of Fatima, a most important feast day which celebrates a genuine miracle, witnessed by crowds of people, which is not nearly as known of today as it should be.

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Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, author of the Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

After the consecration, our members will seek to help the cause in one of a number of ways, picking the one or two that suit them from a list of possibilities.  It is our intent to stand ready to defend Catholic tradition throughout social media, and to spread our efforts slowly into the world.  As with the greatest monks and friars, the lay people and handful of clerics in the Order will seek to learn and defend tradition and to re-educate the world at whatever pace we can, with whatever time we have, those truths it has long forgotten, or long ignored.

If this sounds remotely like something you might be interested in, please check out our website at traditianorder.com and Join The Order!

Consecration To Jesus Through Mary

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Rubens, Immaculate Conception, 1628–1629

Just as the light of the moon is actually cast by the sun, devotion to the Mother of God is equally an effort toward a better relationship with her son.  This simple principle has been understood from the earliest ages of Christianity, before the splits away from the Church He founded, indeed before the Bible was even written (reading on the early Church in this regard is highly recommended).  Mary is central to the life of Jesus, and thus central to us, and there simply is no better understanding than that.

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor.  In addition, he was one of the great writers on the topic of Mariology.  His grandest work on the topic was his “True Devotion to Mary.”   It has been inspirational to many since, with Pope St. John Paul II saying that reading this work was a “decisive turning point” in his life.

Continue reading “Consecration To Jesus Through Mary”

What is the Order?

Full Traditian BannerThe Traditian Order is a lay Roman Catholic apostolate dedicated to the defense, propagation and teachings of Jesus Christ, the traditions and culture of the Church He founded, the restoration of those traditions in a culture in dire need of the Church in all her glory.

We are set up as an order might be during the Middle Ages, with ranks, missions and specialties but at the end of the day all members of the Traditian Order are required to take the Oath Against Modernism of Pope St. Pius X and to be defenders again the intrinsic evils of our age.  All members are dedicated to learning the faith and its history and preserving it in an Age where it is scarcely known.  All are protectors of tradition.

Traditio est veritas.