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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A Switch in Attitude

Many prophetic writers, including Christopher Dawson and Hilaire Belloc told us over 80 years ago of the now-obvious trials of Christians in the world. One of the great insights of Belloc was the rise of militant, jihadist Islam. Another prophecy from the 1920s was the spread of socialism interfering with education and the family as the unit of society. Yet another far-reaching view was Robert Hugh Benson's excellent book Lord of the World, mentioned before on this blog and written in, wow, 1907.

Pay attention, as the man or woman who will supposedly bring peace to a world in chaos by himself, on his own, without recourse to Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, will be the false prophet. Some will call him one of the many anti-Christs, who is anyone, from Antiochus, to Augustus, to Nero, to Stalin and Mao who have hated the Church and Her Members.

Pay attention to false promises of world order. The Prince of the World is not Christ, but he who said  "I shall not serve". We need a change of attitude.

Now, we must work very hard for political freedom, religious rights, and the freedom of the Church to be in the world as a power, the physical institution created by Christ. As I pointed out this weekend, passivity and quietism of any types are heresies. However, we need a change of attitude.

We need to see ourselves increasingly marginalized and under siege, not in order to become paranoid, but to be "intelligent" and using our brains. Catholics MUST become more techy, using the Internet, twitter, and all the social networking while we can. This is a necessity. Secondly, we must make our local communities strong and loving. This means real community, day to day living with and bearing with our brothers and sisters in Christ, not merely being Sunday Catholics. Sunday Catholics will not survive the onslaught of marginalization and persecution.

Those in America who have said it can't happen here, or Catholics in England, who have forgotten their own Recusant History, need to wake up.

The world, in my lifetime, will never be the same and will never be a haven of peace and goodwill towards religion. The only religion will be the religion which worships the State. We are entering the Age of the Martyrs. We need to be open and prepared to make choices for God and His Church.