Active Waiting

The Crucifixion

I'm often asked what faithful Christians; in particular Catholics, can do to turn back the tide of Modernism that's eroding the Church. This story, passed along by a reader, may offer a template for action.
A group of young French-Canadian Catholic men are asking their bishops to teach the traditional faith and give the spiritual leadership they say is essential to combat the nihilistic culture that tempts many to despair.
That includes allowing access to the traditional Latin Mass. 
Twenty-nine men between the ages of 18 to 44, including university students, a doctor and two lawyers, signed an open letter titled “We Ask for Faith: Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church in French Canada”
A lay initiative, the letter was sent to 23 bishops of French-speaking dioceses across Canada, as well as the Assemblée des évêques du Québec, or Quebec bishops’ conference, in early November, says George Buscemi, president of Campagne Québec-Vie, the province’s largest pro-life group.
The solution starts with remembering that the general vocation of the laity is to consecrate the world to God the Father. We have not only the right, but the obligation, to communicate our spiritual needs to the members of the Church's hierarchy.
It paints a bleak picture of the lives of French-Canadian men, who “live daily in a culture of death that robs them of the desire to live and the desire to transmit life.”
Caught in “the infernal materialistic cycle of ‘metro-work-sleep,’” many men today seek to escape the “chasm of nihilism” with drugs, alcohol, and pornography. They divorce, lose touch with their children, and die alone or choose euthanasia., the letter states.
Reason to ban porn #878.995: It serves as a distraction and artificial release valve that keeps men from taking action to make their and other's lives better.
The signatories attest to a “certain bitterness” toward their predecessors, who did not guard the Catholic faith, nor pass it on.
“In this era of euphoric delirium and destructive madness that was the 60s, those who preceded us gave way to a wave of inspirations from the depths of Hell,” it reads. That included a secular government that passed laws allowing divorce, contraception, and “the greatest genocide in the history of humanity, abortion.”
The signatories ask the bishops to give them the “Catholic Faith in its entirety, without sweetener. We ask that our people have access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a dignified form that gives glory to God.” 
Kudos to the signatories for raising the Boomer Question with the bishops. These guys sound so based, I wouldn't be surprised if they brought up Susan from the Parish Council.
Julien Bertrand, the 36-year-old principal author of the letter, says he wrote it “as a heartfelt cry for my French-Canadian brothers I see suffering from a Godless nihilistic life leading to suicide.”
“On one side they are persecuted by their own government, the mainstream media and the intelligentsia because they were born white males. On the other side, their family, the school, and Holy Mother Church didn’t transmit them their rich culture, their glorious History and the one and only true faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ,” Bertrand told LifeSiteNews in an email.
“They are rootless trees in the hurricane of post-modernity, radical feminism and massive foreign invasions,” he said. “I hope those who are in charge of God’s flock will hear the call of their loving sons and may they know that we pray for them.”
Buscemi signed the petition “as a shot in the dark. I expect no answer, but I hope for one. I can do no better,” he told LifeSiteNews.
“I honestly think the Church is going through a Passion, that it is hanging on the cross before our eyes. I see temporal and eternal salvation nowhere else, yet the Church is practically dead and buried … Only God can resurrect, but he asks us to ‘actively wait.’ I see this petition as such an instance of active anticipation. We call for the resurrection, and hope it comes, soon.”
 The government-sanctioned persecution of white men, the Vatican II generation's abject failure to hand on the faith, and the Church-assisted invasion of the West are three catastrophic crises which the hierarchy remains deafeningly silent on.

These aren't just political matters. All of these evils are combining into a perfect storm that's crippling the Church in the US, Canada, and Western Europe.

God bless Julien Bertrand and the letter's cosigners. He's probably right that their call for our wayward shepherds to actually tend their flock will fall on deaf ears--this time.

But what if the bishops received a hundred more letters just like it? How about a thousand?

It's also worth noting that the letter's main author belongs to Generation Y. His example tends to support the position often advanced here that Ys who manage to overcome their learned helplessness can rise to become capable leaders.

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  1. Glory to God.
    May these men reclaim what is rightfully theirs, the birthright their parents and grandparents sold for a mess.

    1. Wreckage
      As someone who lived through the implementation of Vatican II in elementary school I applaud the initiative. Had I known about it I'd have signed it.

      I'll see how I can get in touch with them. I'm unsurprised by the plea and righteous indignation. The Quiet revolution was catastrophic even if some reforms were necessary

    2. Brian and wreckage,

      I found and read the original. I also signed it.

      Now to do my part.Pray that I can play my part. Pray for the fellow signatories. That we restore our heritage in Quebec


  2. Faith and Hope are two themes that have been coming up a lot in my devotional reading and Sunday School over the last few weeks, so when I read the title of this piece, my mind jumped there. The world uses the word 'hope' as though it meant 'to wish,' but that's not what it means. Hope is expectation founded on Faith. These young men, God bless them, have taken hold of the anchor of their souls, which goes into the Holy of Holies before us, which Our Lord has gone before as as our High Priest.

    "May the God of Hope fill [us] with all joy and peace as [we] trust in Him, so that [we] may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit," Romans 15:13, second person changed to first.

    1. That's a signal grace if ever I heard of one.

    2. I wonder if the Remnant God told Elijah He had reserved to Himself felt the way these Quebecois seem to feel. Elijah felt he was the last prophet left. I wonder whether the Remnant, unless some of them knew each other because God might have reserved whole families or villages to Himself, felt just as alone and cut off, and as bereft of leadership as Elijah felt bereft of support. And yet, even as I write that, it occurs to me that they were not entirely bereft of leadership, because those 7000 men demonstrated leadership by refusing to bow the knee to Ba'al.

    3. It's always spiritually salutary to remind ourselves that God's people have been down way further than this. The Death Cult has us on the ropes, but Ba'al worship, Arianism, and Communism had us down for the count. History teaches a clear lesson: God is undefeated.

  3. St. Anthony's in Des Moines is seeing what happens when the Latin Mass receives due recognition.

    Similarly, my own denomination would not have had a split if only our forefathers had recognized the "new issue" for what it was, the ancient heresy of Sabellianism.

    1. A 140% attendance increase since the Latin Mass "moved upstairs." Methinks that crafty old wine aunt Susan tried to hide St. Anthony's lamp under a basket by relegating the Latin Mass to the basement.

      "the ancient heresy of Sabellianism."

      Modalism, not even once!

  4. It's fairly easy to see that those horrid traditionalists were right the whole time:


    It might be those in Gen Y who will be the first to make a change.

    1. Congratulations to Jim for finally making a video I couldn't finish.

      Seriously, though, Jim's moral awakening from, "I'm just a misanthropic prankster here for the lulz," to, "Society is on the brink of disaster if we don't rein in the degenerates," is almost as fascinating to watch as Roosh's spiritual awakening.

    2. Brian

      Perhaps the good Lord is calling remarkable men with unusual backgrounds to provide credibility to His existence and His message.

      TL;DR He's cutting off the legs from the death cult


    3. During the second Finders stream he outright said religion is necessary for a society to function. He's far ahead of the others in the now-dead skeptic sphere.

      I'm not sure how long it's going to take him, but he's on the correct path. The black pill eventually leads to the Christ pill if you're paying close enough attention.

      Keep up the prayers, lads!

    4. Yeah. If memory serves, a superchatter asked him the question. Hearing Jim unequivocally answer in the affirmative was a big white pill.

  5. Letters, open or otherwise, are underrated tools in the "big data" age. It's easy to engage in confirmation bias and tell just-so stories when presented with charts and tables and the like. "Mass attendance is down -- we need more rock bands!"

    But it's hard to ignore or spin hundreds or thousands of letters from actual people requesting the Latin Mass.

    1. TV ad guys have an old formula: Every phone call is 100 like-minded people. Every letter is 1000.

  6. Southern Brazil here. In Morro Reuter city we have Latin Mass and Gregorian Chant. This is a small community in a german descendents region, but is something.

  7. "“In this era of euphoric delirium and destructive madness that was the 60s, those who preceded us gave way to a wave of inspirations from the depths of Hell,” it reads. That included a secular government that passed laws allowing divorce, contraception, and “the greatest genocide in the history of humanity, abortion.”"

    Those words particularly resonate with me. Perhaps its my upbringing by hippy boomer parents who have grown further from the church over the years as they grow closer to the left. My father used to be an altar boy who attended Mass every day with my grandfather. Now, he's an anti-MAGA, anti-Christian. I understand now, in my adulthood, my mother led him down that road.

    I will pray for these men and perhaps seek them out. I'm somewhat local to them and travel to Quebec frequently.

  8. What does it mean to "consecrate the world to God the Father?" I understand how we can consecrate ourselves, our marriages and families, our homes, our congregations, our work, and our hobbies to Him, but how do we go about consecrating to Him that which we do not control? Does it come down to making the prayer, "Hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done" a way of life?

    1. Cultivate and exercise Christian virtue within the spheres you do control, within the context of your vocation and state in life.

  9. My two cents: Think nationally, govern locally.

    Grass roots social movements mocking porn consumers and driving porn-free pledges.

    Mass movements shaming and vilifying porn producers. Law-warfare hitting them with every current regulatory hell on the books.

    Glorifying "I escaped porn and you can too" people.

    Local blue laws.

    State and Federal bans? Nope.

    Operation Rescue for p

    1. I'll cosign all of the remedies you mention, with the caveat that the porn epidemic isn't just a local issue.

      Pornography is grave, inherent evil. Any government, be it federal, state, or local, that doesn't ban it is derelict in its duty.