I was recently talking to a priest about the damage Pope Francis is doing to the credibility of Church teaching, how furious I am when family members regurgitate the tapestry of heresies he is laying upon our shoulders as parents, etc.
I was prepared for him to deny its happening to our families but he surprisingly acknowledged it, encouraged me to pray for the Holy Father and said our job is to figure out what we can do to mitigate the damage.
I've been thinking about how to manage in my own personal life and what topics I could focus on that might help readers of the blog.
In terms of our parishes, my gut instincts are we have all been trying for decades to stop heresy, get our families solidly catechized, keep out liturgical antics and we've all found a place where we can quietly receive valid Sacraments in a religious entertainment center. We're at a place where priests are not focused on sanctification, or the tools of salvation or healing the sick, driving out demons, catechizing our families to keep them from being lured into lies and sin, but have morphed into an entertainment celebrity trying to attract an audience with wallets for his act.
Seeing the Catholicity of my new parish, I know it can be done. The place is jam packed with practicing Catholics.
I don't get the sense that any of us are inclined to take leadership roles to help nudge the content towards Catholicity. We've all tried that and I believe keeping the moonbattery from being launched is about as much as our presence on leadership teams can do. But with our histories, we can do that by sitting in the pew and it's a much more efficient use of our time.
Of course beefing up the prayer life in a state of Sanctifying Grace, fasting, novenas, Masses, offering plenary indulgences for the dead and then roping our new friends into praying for our intentions, Consecrations, having a good relationship with the Blessed Mother and our guardian angels, is all part of the remedy. As I'm sure you are, I am constantly evaluating how to boost the efficacy of my prayer life. Fr. Heilman's prayerful leadership is a blessing. I hope you are all tapped into him at romancatholicman
Msgr Pope has a great post up on the power of the Liturgy and prayer.
Love this citation from Scripture:
About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying
and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,
there was suddenly such a severe earthquake
that the foundations of the jail shook;
all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose.
I want me some of that.