As I travel, I am aware that real, true Catholics are more and more are members of a minority group. I think Catholics who are orthodox might be happier if they realize this truth.
We are no longer a majority in any country. Those Catholics who are obedient to all the Teachings of the Church and who follow a daily regime of prayer and repentance are few, indeed.
The idea of the remnant has become a reality. Recall that the Hebrew nation was very small in numbers.
Realizing one is a member of a minority helps one not to be angry. No surprises if one is persecuted. No horror-struck amazement at the growing decline of morals and even common decency.
Of course, we cannot become complacent. But, we are, decidedly, now in the same position as the earliest Catholics living in a vast domain of paganism.
Start thinking like a member of the remnant. Cherish what you have. and absolutely pass it down to your children.
The minority will become much, much smaller. Do not strive to create a majority. The Church is not about numbers, which, sadly, too many bishops and pastors want to see.
Head counts mean nothing in the spiritual world.
Being a member of a minority takes courage. One does not compromise to please or work with the majority. Some people with whom I have spoken are afraid to stand up for the Faith in public. God will not recognize this person in the end-remember, not all who say Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom: and works do not indicate holiness-interior disposition is all.
21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity
We are called by Christ Himself to spread the Gospel, but for you, for me, that might be effecting the life of one other person.
We are not all St. Benedicts. We all cannot make great changes. Be peaceful in your minority state. Do not whine or long for the flesh pots of Egypt. God provides Manna from heaven-His Own Body and Blood.
For years, I have taught that Christendom is dead, and most likely will never be seen again. Try we must to change unjust and immoral laws, but if we fail in our efforts, we shall live under such unjust laws pertaining to us, as a persecuted minority. Christ warned us.
2 Timothy 3:12 is blunt.
And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.