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Our Catholic Culture and Heritage Part II

 
 

March 6, 2014 Lubbock, TX

It has been said that we are products of our environments. It seems in most cases this is quite true. The first and simplest example is that which takes place in the home.

When a child is raised in a home where Catholic parents teach him to pray, to love God, the Mass and Sacraments, how to be obedient and humble, one would expect the child to grow into a virtuous young adult Catholic. The lessons learned at such a tender generally stay with the person throughout their life.

Who among you remembers, at least in a general way, your First Holy Communion Day and the joyful celebration which took place among family members? Do you remember the day you were Confirmed? Did your parents take the time to teach some of the basic points of the catechism? How many families celebrated feasts days? How many were given the dates of their feast days so they would know when to celebrate them as adults? How many families said the Rosary each day, or at least once or twice a week? Did your parents (especially your Mother) teach the children (girls in particular) how and why they must be modestly dressed at all times? Were the modesty guidelines enforced by both parents?

These are some of the basic questions which determined the first Catholic Culture to which a child is exposed. I remember being told by other Catholics in the early 1970’s that ours was a strict Catholic family. Time, knowledge and experience have provided a different perspective. What is so strict about it? These are duties which ALL Catholic parents should fulfill. The parents are the first teachers. There should be nothing strict or unusual about these responsibilities. Do they fulfill their duties by creating the first Catholic Culture in the home or are they merely baptized pagans?

The school ought to be nothing less than an extension of the home, for strictly speaking, the teachers, whether lay or religious, instruct in the parent’s place. To put it another way, the teacher instructs the child with the permission of the parent. The questions which were posed to the parents need to be posed to the teachers. It is quite amazing how teachers are able to instruct children in matters which the parents would clearly find objectionable, but the parents either are under the impression they have no authority to stop them or they are ignorant their children are being taught objectionable material because the teachers don’t inform the parents what they are teaching.

The current problem of school shootings would seem to stem from three possible sources: the lack of discipline in the home or school, or the legal drugging of children as a means to control bad behavior or behavior which is considered to be unusual (the “hyperactive” child) and the doctors find it easier to drug the child rather than have a “responsible” adult work with the child to help him overcome the problem.

The result of these recent problems is a school environment where armed adults patrol the hallways – and all this to indoctrinate the child in a godless, mindless, socialist agenda!

This is a good place to pause and step back for a moment. Many writers, particularly of Catholic backgrounds have always stressed the importance of family life and its significance in society. How many, though, are willing to ask this question, ‘What influences the family in its daily life?’

The first influence of the Catholic family ought to be the Church and the Deposit of Faith. She is the guide in all matters of faith and morals regardless of time or place. She, indeed, is the rock which stands firm through tempest or peace. The informed Catholic today must make the distinction between the institution of the Church and its (Modernistic) hierarchy.

An unfortunate fact in the modern age is how the Church’s enemies have been able to influence the family despite its teachings. They seem to understand better than most Catholics who can be quite naïve about such matters, how to go about changing the culture of Catholic life.

If one is able to ‘apply pressure both from within and outside’ of the Church at the same time, the person is left to wonder where the truth lies. It becomes increasingly difficult if the Catholic does NOT know their Faith, i.e., the eternal truths which do NOT change despite age or circumstance. The result which has affected Catholics the world over has been tragically witnessed by the more astute member of the True Church. There are far too many ‘Catholics’ who know nothing of culture or heritage and are, therefore, mindlessly unaware of the revolution that has taken place within their own families and local parish churches.

Long before Vatican II, changes were taking place within the Church. The difficulty for the average lay person was the changes were either hidden or too subtle to cause any notable concern. By the time the laity began to take notice, it was too late to stop them.

One of the more important effects of the ‘changes’ could only be seen in hindsight. The culture of the Catholic in daily life was quickly undermined. Most Catholics did not see it coming because the clergy had focused so much on the Mass, the laity probably thought little of it.

Consider this for a moment through 50 years of hindsight; all that was a part of Catholic Culture (the Mass, Sacraments, doctrine, Mariology, music, art, architecture, philosophy, theology, spirituality, Catholic education, modesty in dress, celebration of feasts, the encouragement of virtue, etc.) has been totally changed or significantly altered. That which remains is but a shell of its former self – and we’re supposed to believe that all is still Catholic and apparently fine!

This is why most Catholics are quite clueless about the revolution. We see how ignorant (the lack of proper education) they are of the Faith, the indifferentism which has pervaded most levels of doctrine and the apostasy which has left parochial life in shambles. The effect of this has produced a very basic tragedy – the Catholic mindset, or more correctly stated, the lack thereof.

How does one expect to have a Catholic culture when most are not able to think properly as good, practicing Catholics? Is this, dear friends, the Faith of the Saints, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church or the Martyrs who gave their life for Christ?

We have now seen two generations of Catholics grow up in an environment where for the most part the blind are attempting to lead the blind. Those who are old enough to be grandparents are ill-equipped to convey the Faith and Tradition to their grandchildren. Sadly, more and more grandchildren are not being baptized as infants, if at all.

The customs of once-Catholic families are basically gone. Who has a family celebration after a Baptism or First Holy Communion? Do you know of a family which prays the Rosary together each day? How many families attend Mass and receive Holy Communion together on a Sunday morning ? When did you last know of Catholics parents who would not allow their under-age children to date non-Catholics? Do parents teach their teen-age children (both boys and girls) that premarital relations and artificial birth control is a mortal sin? How many parents enforce a “Sunday best” dress code instead of allowing the socialist blue jean parade? Worst yet, how many mothers allow their daughters to attend ‘Mass’ dressed immodestly?

These questions could go on for some time, but the point is made and ought to be obvious. The culture of the Catholic, i.e., that which should set a Catholic apart from others has disappeared. These matters are no longer taught. Who knows to teach them – who cares to teach them? Who believes that Catholics should be different? Who is willing to intentionally set themselves apart from others, not out of pride, but expressly for the purpose of wanting to live the Catholic Faith in a Judeo-Masonic environment in the United States?

The unfortunate, tragic conclusion to the Satanic efforts of the Jew and Freemason to destroy the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is obvious to those who have not been spiritually blinded.

There is but a remnant which remains. Furthermore, one should not assume who the remnant is, for far too many who assume, have been trapped themselves. Their self-righteous attitude will be that which condemns them, for it does not matter in which manner the Catholic culture is destroyed in the soul of the Catholic, but only that Satan destroys the One True Faith in the soul of the Roman Catholic.

Fr. Joseph Noonan, OFM