I've been busy over the last few months which derailed spiritual routine. I hate when that happens because I find myself sailing solo way, way out before I put my engines on full throttle to get back to intimacy with Christ and His Angels and Saints.
I've been itching to find time to listen to Fr Ripperger. This one on negativity came across my Facebook feed and I listened to it this morning as I was doing chores.
I listen to his conferences over and over. I'll be in the middle of something and remember something pertinent he said, find the video and listen to his wisdom. He is one of the people who keep me anchored in deep waters.
I was thinking this morning about how intellectually and spiritually bankrupt the catechesis is in the Novus Ordo world. I'm lucky to have found a solid Novus Ordo parish that is going beyond the drivel, but I have friends, solid Catholics, who take the position it's all the same, so they glue themselves to a pew where the priests are invested in keeping people from examination of conscience and the absolution of their sins. Places that give you no tools for advancement in the spiritual life.
I do not get it. Do they think they have reached the pinnacle and have no need for any more knowledge or virtue? Because to me, it seems like they do not thirst. They go about their business and don't even recognize they are their own rudder. They don't have the awareness to even know what they are missing.
There is no way that a Mass with priest disinterested in the state of souls in attendance gives the same Grace. Yes, the same amount of Grace is in the Properties of Divinity. But we, with our imperfections and limitations need the engagement of the intellect to get the fullness of Its benefits and put Them into practice as the source for right judgment. And every day of every week, something new crosses the radar that we need help with outside of ourselves.
It is not possible for Grace to flow into ourselves and families and community in the same amount when we don't have the catechesis. You can't give what you don't have--so our production into our family and world is on slow drip. That is some of the cause of the catastrophic intensity of diabolical disorientation now at play.
I do take exception to one thing he said in this talk, though its possible he was saying the same thing and just not expounding upon it. When speaking about Pope Francis, he mentions that we only need to pay attention to it to the extent it affects our ability to govern our children and family and it will work itself out. This is true, but I would love to hear him talk on this subject alone. From my perspective, many priests are underestimating this phenomenon.
When the Church was careless with priest sexual predator, we had some control over exposure and damage to our own family. Most culprits were simply homosexuals looking for a booty call, missing the booty call, or had some other form of attachment to homosexual lust that was manifesting itself in what they were saying and teaching in the parish. It was impossible to know the extent of what the attachment was, but when we hear and see it, we are off like bride's pajamas.The exact same thing holds true now, Fr. Martin being the current public poster boy of this vice. When this manifests itself in a parish, we can pick up our family and go elsewhere. Now that the pope has elevated feeding this poison from the Chair of Peter, we 1) lose control on the ability to keep it out of the family; and 2) the Holy Father has completely undermined the credibility of Church teaching and changed the reference point from Truth to the tingle in the pants and the direction of concupiscience. This is impossible to overcome.
So we cannot govern our family at all until it's silenced. He has placed the devil as the source to listen to, and just like the situation with the pedophiles, we don't just leave the management of it to the Church because justice demands we do something to stop the rapes. And if we find out a priest is a sexual predator, we do it every time. So every time the pope opens his mouth, or appoints someone and gives them the agenda and talking points, we have to be right there. If the frequency is daily, the onus for that is on the Holy Father.
I would love to know his thoughts!