Second, we need to put things in perspective. This is not the end of the world, not yet anyways. We don't even know how the SCOTUS will rule. But, we should be aware that same-sex 'marriage' supporters are emboldened. In June, we will be one day closer-particularly if Proposition 8 is struck down- to the day where this is no longer illegal in any American state. We are also one day closer to persecution. Yeah, I said it. People have already been trying to neuter any influence of religion in the American political and economic sector for years. When the Church decides to avoid cooperation, elimination of the Church as a viable social institution is the next step.
In 2010, the Most Reverend Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, is first recorded as saying, "I will die in bed. My successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square." By 2012, he has added that the Catholic Church will soon lose her hospitals and eventually schools and universities, particularly because of the HHS mandate (and its probable expansion) and same-sex 'marriage.' But, he predicted an authentic renewal and flourishing of the Church would come from this, much as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger- now Benedict XVI, Bishop Emeritus of Rome- said:
Until the moment of assault actually comes, we keep on fighting the good fight publicly and prayerfully. There are small steps to do now:“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges. . . As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members….It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek . . . The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain . . . But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”
- Partake in the sacramental life in the Church, especially the Eucharist and Confession.
- Work on our own holiness first. Then, fraternally correct others.
- Bishops, please use the medicinal penalties available to you such as Canon 915.
- Invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We should chant the Marian antiphon after the sung Sunday Mass.
- We should ask for the restoration of the Prayers after Low Mass, for Masses without singing of the propers and Canon.
- Start praying five decades-or more- of the Most Holy Rosary daily.
Ponder this: God is love, as Pope Benedict reminded us in his first encyclical. Love cannot be something outside His existence.
Sts. Magnus and Bonosa, ora pro nobis. God love you.