I’m talking about the right kind of obedience.
You will find it in the Catholic Church only. Even there you will find the right kind among a minority. Too few undergo personal improvement because they, including some family and friends, are not properly instructed by their priests, who go on and on about love.
You will not find it in any cult. A cult is any group that shuns its members when they leave. The Catholic Church does not do this. We do not break off communications and are always ready to welcome someone back. I need not list the religious cults nor the political ones.
Too many Americans blindly accepted what they were told by the government, mass media, and social media regarding the environment, energy, elections, and virus.
My priest, Father Joshua Curtis, FSSP, spoke correctly on this subject, and I have mentioned it many times in the blog. His talk is under the More Tab, Servile Obedience. I recommend you listen. It is for this reason that I remain loyal to the FSSP.
I saw obedience heading in the wrong direction when in my senior year of high school I was discerning a vocation (1969). My confessor handed me a brochure with a picture on the front of two young Jesuits in cassocks. I said to myself, “That is what I want.”
Three months later, he handed me a new brochure, and gone was the picture, replaced by a forgotten, generic one. It symbolized a big change. This was the same year that the New Mass was introduced. What timing! Innately, I knew that something was irrevocably different, but the secrets were withheld from everyone.
Recall that I went to school not more than six blocks from the Haight-Ashbury, giving me a front row seat to the radical changes infecting too many.
The transformation I have undergone since 2020 is the result of a long process in the preceding years and since, and the new me is not complete.
I am fortunate that I had parents who taught me obedience, the right kind. Mixed with Love are Fear and Obedience. The three are inseparable. So God ordained.
Today, Father Evaristus Eschiowu said, “No one is allowed to be sad on Christmas.” I personally thanked Father Curtis, our sage leader, for all he does. I value all four priests, ages 40, 35, and 33, and then there’s Evaristus, who is somewhere around my age.
As a member of the Confraternity, I pray every day, when I have my head on straight, that their numbers grow.
Merry Christmas to all those people who had to work today.