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.

 

 

 

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.

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The Lorica of St. Patrick: Armor For The Battle

saint patrickI arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
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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!

Deprogramming The Culture

vinetreeWe of the Traditian Order see one of the primary missions of our Order as deprogramming the current culture of modernism and relativism.  The modern popular culture, after all, has a belief system all its own, and it’s an odd one.  The high priests in the media and universities dictate it, their obedient student radicals enforce it, and their adherents in the culture apply peer pressure to those who do not conform.

This system is obviously dysfunctional to the objective eye.  That is, the modern popular culture de-emphasizes and slowly destroys those things that define and hold together a civilization: family, faith, tradition, even the idea of objective truth or the clear fact that fundamental differences exist between male and female.  Its adherents, though, suspend their disbelief, discount the evidence against their assertions, and live with a level of cognitive dissonance that is unlike any before it in history.  Where this all started is a different story, but the fact that we live in an odd time with unsupportable beliefs is plain.

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#SaveThe8th

Irish flagIn 1983 Ireland passed a Constitutional Amendment, the Eighth, which recognized the equal right to life of a mother and an unborn child.  The Amendment, recognizing in law the life of the unborn child, made it difficult if not impossible for the Irish government to bring legislation allowing for abortion except in exceptional circumstances.  It was, in short, a lifesaver, protecting the children of Ireland while the specter of the death of the most innocent of us otherwise crossed the European continent, having already claimed the United States by a decision of its unelected judges the decade before.

On Friday, May 25, 2018, however, the Irish Eighth Amendment is on the ballot again, this time to protect or repeal.  While there have been recent stories of how the process is unfair, the media is biased, the politicians untruthful, and the polling inaccurate, all of which are likely so, the most striking thing is the foreign money that has flowed into Ireland to influence the decision.

George Soros, for example, who never saw a civilization-debilitating cause he didn’t like, is pouring money into Ireland on behalf of the repeal the 8th effort, which would pave the way to abortion on demand (see George Soros Illegally Bankrolling Campaign To Amend Ireland’s Constitution, Government Watchdog Says among others).  Moreover, money from America’s political left has also been unusually interested in the project to end the protection of innocents in Ireland for years (see here).

Some question whether Ireland is any longer the Catholic haven it once was, and perhaps the vote just over three months from now will be telling in this regard.  It is, though, one of the last countries to fall to the culture of death if so, and seeing happen, if it does, will bring a lot of sorrow to many both within Ireland and around the world.

While time is short, there is still time enough to pray, to bring notice to the issue, to have Mass intentions for it, to like and spread #SaveThe8th / #ProtectThe8th efforts on social media.  Indeed, there are ways to help monetarily with just a bit of research.

The progressive, political left has made this an international issue by pouring money into Ireland to drag it farther from Christ and His Church.  It is passed time we accepted their invitation and joined the fight on the side of life.