The Bergoglian Age is what we’re calling this execrable thing we’re living in. For those who don’t know, Pope Francis was Jorge Bergoglio before his election to the Papacy, that fateful day in March 2013.
Miss Hilary White has written up an excellent blog post, as is her custom. She is the one who has coined it The Bergoglian Age, I think. Her post requires a response from a large number of faithful Catholics, imo. Please do read the whole thing, here.
Her thesis is simple. The Church crisis we’ve been living through for now half a century may last another half a century. It’s bad, and we should assume it will get worse.
And NO earthly creature is coming to rescue us. No cardinal, no bishop. No one on earth.
Things are the way they are. And we need to start preparing ourselves in a concrete manner for a long period of spiritual and ecclesiastical famine.
So now what?
Worst Case Scenario: we have no access at all to the Sacraments. And let’s assume we can’t get to any place where there is a priest who can administer them.
- Remain in a state of grace. Just don’t commit mortal sin. Get serious now about holiness, so that we’re in a better place to die in a state of grace.
- Learn by heart, if we haven’t already, a traditional Act of Contrition. If we have the misfortune to commit mortal sin and we no longer have access to the Sacrament of Penance, then we will need to make a Perfect Act of Contrition before we die. I recommend we all get in the habit of trying to do this at the end of every day. I say “trying” because really, only God knows if we have made a perfect Act of Contrition.
- Pray the Rosary daily for fortification, as well as for conversing with our Beloved JESUS and his Mother.
- Get in the habit now of daily mental prayer, even if it’s just for five minutes. I am currently using the meditations by St Alphonsus Liguori on the Sacred Heart, and using this method for mental prayer. Use whatever you like, of course, I’m just giving an example in case it helps.
- Save up to buy a portable altar, just in case you can get a priest to come say Mass in your home some time.
- Read the Roman Catechism and maybe Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine. Use these to teach your children the Faith and why you are doing the things you are doing about it.
- Promote the message of Fatima. Well, learn it first! (Preaching to myself, here).
If things don’t get quite that bad, then we should try to avail ourselves of attendance at Mass at least some times during the week,and obviously on Sunday. This is one area in which I think we will simply have to use our prudential judgment and obey our conscience. This, in fact, is my basic plan – pray, do what seems to be the right thing, and help others as much as I can. Because we can’t really predict exactly how this is all going to unfold, I think we have to be prepared to keep re-evaluating. The main thing will be to keep trusting in God.
I think I can say with a fair amount of confidence that almost all of us will come pretty close to despair. We have to decide now to just remain committed, and to make the best decisions we can day to day.
As for what to teach our children, or those who are thinking of converting, I think a fairly detailed study of the very turbulent times in Church history would be very helpful. Even though I believe we are going through the worst period ever, a study of Church history will still help to keep many things in perspective.
I am also listening to an audio recording of The Lord of the Rings. I just can’t shake the impression that it was (knowingly or otherwise) written as a manual for our time. It does, of course, have universal and lasing themes, but still, bits of it are very helpful. I don’t recommend we sit round watching the DVDs every night.
One thing that’s helpful for me is remembering that from the moment of its creation, the Fellowship of the Ring was beset with internal strife as well as outward pressure. If that’s not an accurate description of political conservatism and trad Catholic life, I don’t know what is!
I think that if God doesn’t intervene in the next couple of years, by sending His Mother, and the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart, then the Muslims and/or commies will just set about killing us in earnest. Clearly, they are all violently, rabidly insane.
Don’t be fooled, though. Filthy little commies come in all shapes and sizes: here is a Tasmanian version:
And here is an eccesial version:
And another one:
I believe Apocalypse (Revelation) 12 was fulfilled on 23rd September, 2017. This was what I wrote before the event:
What does it mean? Well, I’m just a housewife, so I have no expertise, but the sign clearly matches *fully* the various elements of the Apocalypse 12 sign. The sun, the moon, the twelve stars, and importantly, Jupiter, have all been exactly where they should, to line up with this sign in scripture. As for its meaning, it’s clear from the authoritative Douay-Rheims version that the Church is bringing forth her children, and Christ in them, as she suffers the pains of childbirth at this time. (No kidding!) Who are her children? Us! – all the faithful Catholics alive at this time. We were born for this.
What this means in detail, I don’t know, but I am watching and praying, as Our Lord commanded, and we wait to see what He will accomplish.
Interestingly, on that day (Texas time) I read that the Filial Correction had been issued. This seemed very significant – not so much in terms of concrete and immediate results, but in the spiritual realm.
of course, in our time we just have to keep on keeping on, as Catholics have always had to – Pray, Fast, Give Alms, Study, Work.
Maybe read some Belloc:
Or this great book:
Apart from what I can do, it’s just a matter of waiting for the
Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
Look! A picture of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Risen from the Dead, just to cheer you up.