Keep Giving Our Lady Your Daily Prayers and Sacrifices
Thomas A. Droleskey
Insanity is sometimes best ignored. This is what happens in many a subway car in the City of New York. People who look like they are crazy are left alone. It must be admitted in this regard that it is difficult frequently to tell the truly crazy apart from those who are acting crazy in order to convince potential muggers that they are crazy. In any event, a New Yorker is taught at an early age not to stare at others and to accept that one will find bizarre things in life.
To wit, the very witty Lindsey Nelson, who broadcast games for the New York Mets from their inception in 1962 through the end of the 1978 season, accepted the unusual as usual at Shea Stadium. On May 5, 1976, the day after I debuted my "alter ego" at Shea Stadium, the WOR-TV's cameras at Shea Stadium spotted a man wearing a gorilla costume seated in the Field Level (remember the original color configuration at Shea Stadium? Field level seats were yellow, Loge level seats were orange, Mezzanine level seats were blue, Upper level seats were green). Nelson, who died in 1995, simply deadpanned the following in his very dry, understated humor, "And there you see a gorilla talking to his neighbor." The unexpected is to be expected in and around the New York City metropolitan area.
Well, my fellow Catholics, as I have written a few times in the past few months, what more can be said about the craziness that is going on in the conciliar church? Indeed, once one recognizes that the craziness is not--and cannot possibly be--from the Catholic Church one is truly liberated to concentrate ever more intently on offering up one's daily prayers and sacrifices to the Blessed Trinity through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. While remaining concerned about the scandal and bewilderment given to ordinary Catholics who are yet in the conciliar structures (and who do indeed need the help that can be provided them by the true bishops in the Catholic underground), we must realize that all of our garment-rending and spleen venting is to utterly no purpose at all.
Let's look at things in some perspective.
Benedict XVI says in Turkey that "human dignity" is the basis of peace? Just take a gander at
UBI ARCANO DEI CONSILIO and be at peace knowing that Benedict is at odds with the Catholic Faith.
Benedict XVI says in Turkey that that "peace" is the foundation of all religions? Review
Satis Cognitum to find out that there is one true Church and that everyone must belong to it.
Benedict XVI will make overtures of "reconciliation" to the Orthodox? Read how Pope Leo XIII handled relations with the Orthodox in
Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae.
Some of Benedict's old writings come to light in which he casts doubt on the reliability of Sacred Scripture? Read Pope Saint Pius X's
Praestantia Scripturae that this kind of Modernist sophistry was dealt with long ago.
Upset that Paul Cardinal Poupard was "fascinated" during his visit to a Hindu "temple" in India? Just read Pope Pius XI's
Mortalium Animos to realize that religious unity is fostered only by inviting all people into the Catholic Church.
Going a little bonkers over the election of a pro-abortion, pro-sodomite priest in Canada to the Quebec legislature? Review
Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus for a brief treatment of how public life will indeed be stained with crime when Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ does not reign as King over men and their nations through the authority of the Catholic Church He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
Want a dose of Catholic common sense in the midst of the craziness? Read Bishop Donald Sanborn's
Opinionism for a reminder that the conciliar church is schismatic.
Want a good sense of perspective on our own ecclesiastical situation? Read
Tumultuous Times by Frs. Francisco and Dominic Radecki, CMRI.
I have written a lot of commentaries in the past few months that have included extensive quotations from various papal encyclical letters and other sources. I have do so in order to give readers access to the treasury of the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church that has been flushed down the Orwellian memory hole by the conciliar revolutionaries. Many other encyclical letters have been cited in addition to the ones listed above. Indeed, one of the things I will do before articles on this site become very scarce around December 17 is to list the articles that contain lengthy references to the older encyclical letters so as to provide a handy reference guide should some seemingly new "twist" on the conciliarist theme arise. As events are unfolding, however, it is very apparent that there is really nothing new in the conciliar "playbook" other than a continuing assault on the authentic tradition of the Catholic Church as spin-doctors proclaim that everything being done is in perfect accord with the past, using such phrases as "continuity in discontinuity" and "uniformity in pluriformity" and "substantial anchorages of the past" so as to befuddle the relatively few Catholics who even pay any attention at all to these matters.
We must simply keep at the work of assisting at the Immemorial Mass of Tradition on a daily basis and offering to the Blessed Trinity through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart all of our prayers and sufferings and sacrifices and humiliations. We are not meant to know in this passing, mortal vale of tears exactly how the merits of our prayers and actions and mortifications have helped souls in this life or in the Church Suffering in Purgatory. We are meant to remain faithful, keeping our hands on the ploughs without looking back and without looking for any results at all.
Every once in a while, however, God grants us a little bit of consolation. We begin to see that He does answer prayers in His own good time, that no prayer made to Him by a consecrated slave of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart is ever wasted. Consider this story, written by Alexander Kryssov and contained in November, 2006, issue of Adsum, the official publication of Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha, Nebraska.
"The story of my spiritual journey begins when I was a student at the University of Moscow being educated like all the other people in the Soviet Union. I did think a lot about God, but I never read the Gospels or any other religious books. One day I realized that I truly did believe in God, but I needed a church. Although I knew there were many Orthodox Churches in Moscow, I was sure that the true Church could not be just Russian--it had to be universal.
"Although I had never been in a Catholic Church, nor had I ever met a Catholic, nor read any Catholic books, I knew I must be a Catholic!
Now I had a problem--I needed to find a Catholic Church in Moscow. Although I did not know where it was, I did believe that the Catholic Church had to exist in Moscow. But how could I find this Church? It was very dangerous in Communist times to ask anybody about the Church. So what was I to do?
"One day I was in the subway station in Moscow, and saw the public telephone. Since it would be no risk to call from the subway station because nobody knew me, I decided to call Moscow Information Service and asked for the address of a Catholic Church. The woman responded with a not too friendly voice, 'We do not give information about religious institutions." So now, what to do?
"The next day from this same station I called this service for the second time, and I asked for the address of the Central House of the Atheists. Another woman, much more friendly than the former, gave me an address. Arriving at this address, I saw this woman (who acted like she was a 'priest' of the Atheists) and told her that I am a young teacher of History who has a class of young Atheistic boys and girls, and I need to explain to the children how all the Christian Churches are no good. I knew about the Orthodox Church, but I have never visited the Protestant or Catholic Churches, and I need to know this to better explain the fallacy of the Christian faith. This woman lauded me as a young and brave Communist hero.
"So she gave me the address of the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Moscow. Immediately, as I got into the street, I threw the Protestant information in the garbage can. This was on Friday. The next Sunday I was at my first Catholic Mass!
"Near the church were three KGB cameras which registered all people who entered the church. One of my friends told me the story. One day as he went into the Church, he saw that one of the cameras was following him. He turned, took off his cap, and saluted the camera. Next moment the camera bowed to him.
"This church, the Church of St. Louis, was one of two Catholic churches in all of Russia which was open at this time. By the grace of God, this church had only the traditional Catholic Mass. After my Baptism, I had no more fear of the KGB; my only fear was that I might not remain a Catholic.
"Even before 1990 when the iron curtain came down, we had the traditional Catholic Mass and Sacraments. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed, with our new liberty came the New Church of Vatican II. Our old Lithuanian priest, Father Stanislav Mazejka did not accept the modern Church. He continued to celebrate the traditional Catholic Mass in his private chapel until his death in 1995 at age 90.
"After Fr. Mazejka died, we requested a priest from the Society of Saint Pius X and a priest was sent to Moscow two or three times a year to celebrate Mass in a private apartment.
"In 1999, we established our traditional chapel in Moscow and we had Mass once a month. Nevertheless, it wasn't very long until we realized the contradictions in the position of the Society of Saint Pius X. So, in 2003, we ended our collaboration with the SSPX and had recourse to the Society of Saint Pius V in the United States. Fr. Baumberger arrived in Moscow in 2004 and stayed for one week. We were very content about his theological position; however, he was not able to supply us with a priest on a regular basis. He, himself, could come only once every two years. This would not have been a good future for us.
"So, we addressed letters to Bishop Dolan, Bishop Sanborn, and Bishop Pivarunas. After two weeks, I received a call from Fr. Rissling who asked me, 'Do you need a priest?' Fur us it was a miracle! Bishop Pivarunas had contacted Fr. Rissling in Germany who providentially speaks fluent Russian to provide us with Mass and Sacraments.
"In November, 2004, I began my preparation for the priesthood under Bishop Pivarunas. Last year I studied under Fr. Casimir Puskorius at Mount St. Michael's and this year I am continuing my studies at Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha. Please pray for the Catholic faithful of Russia."
Isn't this a remarkable story of grace? We will find out in eternity whose prayers prompted Alexander Kryssov to realize that the Catholic Church is the true Church. We will find out in eternity whose prayers helped the traditional Catholics in Moscow to realize that we cannot say we recognize a pope with whom we disagree on practically everything. We will find out in eternity whose prayers moved Father Paul Baumberger, a truly dedicated priest who went out of his way to admister the Sacrament of Extreme Unction to our dear friend Father Salvatore V. Franco before he died (Father Franco offered the Mass of the ages for us every day in his kitchen in his home Westbury, Long Island, from the time we returned to Long Island after Lucy's birth in 2002 to the time he took ill in November of that year), to travel to Moscow to meet with the traditional Catholics there. We will find out in eternity whose prayers prompted Bishop Pivarunas to call Father Rissling in Germany so that the traditional Catholics in Russia could be fed with the true Faith. This is indeed a remarkable story of grace.
The lesson for each of us is quite simple: make whatever sacrifices you need to make to get yourselves and your family members to the daily offering of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition in a venue that makes no concession to conciliarism or the legitimacy of the conciliar officials. Spend time in fervent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each day. Pray as many Rosaries as your state-in-life permits. Offer up each of your pains and sufferings and humiliations and mortifications to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary as her consecrated slaves. Pass out blessed Miraculous Medals and Green Scapulars to the non-Catholics and/or fallen away Catholics you might encounter each day.
Never let the difficulties of the moment lead you into despair. God has known from all eternity that the events of these our days would occur exactly as they are unfolding before us. The graces He won for us by the shedding of His own Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of all Graces, are more than sufficient for to prosper, both spiritually and temporally, at this time of apostasy and betrayal. May it be our privilege to plant just a tiny fraction of seedling that might result in the good fruit of an Alexander Kryssov and his traditional Catholic friends in Russia. May we consider it our solemn duty to do all we can to help every soul alive at this time to see the fullness of the truths of the Catholic Faith--and of the ecclesiastical situation we face at present--as clearly as Alexander Kryssov and his friends have done.
More practically speaking, my friends, may we help with our own material means, however great or small they may be, the work of Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha and of Mount Saint Michael's in Spokane. Far from being an "enterprise," the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen lives the poverty of the Holy Family. Take it from one who spent close to four weeks in Spokane: there is no heat in the chapel on the second floor of Mount Saint Michael's. Daily Mass attendees must wear gloves during Mass just to keep warm. An old elevator that used to carry the disabled to Mass no longer works and needs to be replaced. Anything you could do to help the work of Mater Dei Seminary and Mount Saint Michael's Academy and Church would indeed plant a few seedlings for the flowering of the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church here and throughout the world. The address for Mater Dei Seminary is:
7745 Military Avenue,
Omaha, NE 68134. The address for Mount Saint Michael Academy and Church is:
8500 N. St. Michael’s Road,
Spokane, WA 99217. Wouldn't you like to learn of more stories such as that told by Alexander Kryssov? Also worthy of support, obviously, is Most Holy Trinity Seminary in Brooksville, Florida, where seminarians from around the world are studying (one can listen to a sermon given by Bishop Sanborn on that topic at: 10-15-2006 Bishop Sanborn An Appeal For Our Seminary.)
Just as we must realize that the false foundations of the modern state, including the United States of America, lead inevitably to the social problems we face today, we must realize also that the counterfeit nature of the conciliar church will lead inevitably to all of the scandals and outrages that cause so much understandable anger and frustration. As noted earlier, once one realizes that it is not the Catholic Church that is producing or countenancing these scandals and outrages and novelties and errors and heresies then it is a little easier to live in peace and to trust that Our Lady will use everything we give to her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as her consecrated slaves to effect the restoration of Tradition in the Church and Christendom in the world as the fruit of the Triumph of the same Immaculate Heart, into which we must enfold confidently our own hearts in homes wherein the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has been enthroned and wherein the pulse of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary beat as one with our own in all of our prayers, thoughts, words and deeds.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady, August Queen of Heaven, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Andrew, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gregory Lalamont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.
A Brief Review of the Beauty of the Mass of Tradition and the Horrors of the Novus Ordo Missae:
1) The Traditional Latin Mass clearly communicates that it is a propitiatory offering for human sins, the perpetuation in an unbloody manner of the Sacrifice of the Chief Priest and Victim of every Mass, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on an altar of sacrifice by a sacerdos acting in persona Christi.
2) The Traditional Latin Mass is oriented completely to God, starting from the first moment a priest makes the Sign of the Cross and prays Psalm 42, the Judica me, at the foot of the steps to the altar. The first thing the priest does in the Traditional Latin Mass is to address God and to prepare himself to ascend the "holy mountain" symbolized by the three steps leading to the altar (also signifying Father, Son, and Holy Ghost). The first thing a priest does in the Novus Ordo Missae after making the Sign of the Cross is to address the people, at which time he is permitted by the rubrics of the General Instruction to the Roman Missal to improvise with a few words of his own to "introduce" the Mass.
3) The Traditional Latin Mass reflects the permanence and stability of God Himself and of our need for Him. Although there are differences in the genres of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition (Pontifical High Mass, Solemn High Mass, Missa Cantata, Low Mass), the rubrics are fixed within each of the genres and are beyond the ability of the celebrant to licitly alter. The Novus Ordo Missae admits of so many legitimate changes and adaptations for a whole variety of reasons that to speak of it as a "fixed rite" is an absolute absurdity. It is not. It produces of its very fungible nature uncertainty and instability, the very opposite of what the worship of God is supposed to produce.
4) The Traditional Latin Mass contains prayers that remind men of their sinfulness and of the necessity of the possibility of losing their souls for all eternity. Cardinal Arinze wants to know why people think their souls are immaculate and are thus not going to confession? The Novus Ordo Missae reaffirms people in their essential "goodness." It is a rejection of the Church's centuries-old wisdom in mandating the faithful to perform outward acts of penance in order to discipline their souls. Doubt that this is the case? Doubt no more. Here is passage from G.I.R.M. Warfare dealing with Paragraph 15 of the General Instruction to the Roman Missal:
Paragraph 15 of GIRM reads:
"Thus the Church remains faithful in its responsibility as a teacher of truth to guard 'things old,' that is, the deposit of tradition; at the same time it fulfills another duty, that of examining and prudently bringing forth 'things new.'
"Accordingly, a part of the new Roman Missal directs the prayer of the Church expressly to the needs of our times. This is above all true of the ritual Masses and the Masses for various needs and occasions, which happily combine the traditional and the contemporary. Thus many expressions, drawn from the Church's most ancient tradition and familiar through the many editions of the Roman Missal, have remained unchanged. Other expressions, however, have been adapted to today's needs and circumstances and still others-for example, the prayers for the Church, the laity, the sanctification of human work, the community of all peoples, certain needs proper to our era-are completely new compositions, drawing on the thoughts and even the very language of the recent conciliar documents.
"The same awareness of the present state of the world also influenced the use of texts from very ancient tradition. It seemed that this cherished treasure would not be harmed if some phrases were changed so that the style of language would be more in accord with the language of modern theology and would faithfully reflect the actual state of the Church's discipline. Thus there have been changes of some expressions bearing on the evaluation and use of the good things of the earth and of allusions to a particular form of outward penance belonging to another age in the history of the Church.
"In short, the liturgical norms of the Council of Trent have been completed and improved in many respects by those of the Second Vatican Council. The Council has brought to realization the efforts of the last four hundred years to move the faithful closer to the sacred liturgy, especially the efforts of recent times and above all the zeal for the liturgy promoted by Saint Pius X and his successors."
Comment and Analysis:
Holy Mass is supposed to be suited to the needs of all times, not just our times. Herein, therefore, lies the real nub of the problem with the General Instruction to the Roman Missal and thus the Novus Ordo itself: a reliance upon the spirit of one particular time in history results in the glorification of the human spirit and not that of the Blessed Trinity. It is really that simple. God exists outside of time and space. The worship of God must convey, as noted earlier, the timelessness of God and the immortality of our own souls, which will live forever either in Heaven or in Hell once the Last Judgment has taken place. Again, as noted earlier, the Mass is supposed to be a refuge from the world, not a glorification of it.
"It seemed that this cherished treasure [ancient tradition] would not be harmed if some phrases were changed so that the style of language would be more in accord with the language of modern theology and would faithfully reflect the actual state of the Church's discipline."
Well, our ancient tradition is not the only casualty wrought by the changing of phrases of the Mass texts (Introits, Collects, Secrets, Prayer after Communion, the very Offertory Prayers themselves, the addition of first three and then five more new "Eucharistic prayers"). The very faith life of many Catholics has been harmed.
One of the reasons that the Sacrament of Penance fell into disuse is that the faithful are no longer reminded of their sinfulness in the prayers of the Mass. The faithful thus believe there is no need to reconcile themselves to the Father through the Son in Spirit in and in Truth in the hospital of Divine Mercy which is the confessional. No, one cannot sin as long as one's "fundamental option" is for God.
Indeed, as is noted in the rest of this book, a priest has many legitimate options by which to invite the people to express themselves in what is now called the Penitential Rite. A growing number of priests believe that "modern theology" requires them not to stress the sinfulness of the period and their need for God's forgiveness but to celebrate human goodness and to give thanks to God for all that He has given us. However, man's need to recognize himself as a sinner and to do penance for his sins is unchanging. The harm done to souls by the changing of the "style of language" in the new Mass is incalculable.
The concluding part of Paragraph 15 is a little bit akin to the old phrase, "The lady doth protest too much." All of the repeated attempts to state that the new Mass is a continuation of our liturgical tradition (which GIRM itself contradicts in the body of Paragraph 15, as noted in my discussion about the changes in the texts of the prayers of the Mass) are efforts to try to convince readers that the new Mass really, really, really, really, really is what GIRM says it is
The trouble with gratuitous statements is that they are made without foundation, sinking into the quicksand upon which they are made. They are efforts to justify a revolution which has undermined the faith and profaned the honor and glory due God in the Sacrifice of the Mass. GIRM is revisionist history writ large.
5) The Traditional Latin Mass contains the Offertory that clearly communicates the theology of the sacrificial, propitiatory nature of the Mass. The Novus Ordo Missae uses Jewish "table prayers" from the Talmud for what is called the "Preparation of the Gifts."
6) The Traditional Latin Mass conveys the dignity of the priesthood and its sacerdotal, hierarchical nature by the very structure of the Church. The sanctuary, reflecting the timeless of God and the fact that the Mass is the unbloody re-presentation of Calvary, is the "holy of holies" into only those males who are seen as the extension of the hands of the priest (who is a male because Our Lord came as a male) are permitted to enter and assist during the offering of Holy Mass. The faithful in the nave of the Church are thus set apart from the sanctuary, which is cordoned off, if you will, by the altar rail, signifying the distinction between time and eternity and the distinction between the sacerdotal priesthood of the ordained priest and the common priesthood the lay faithful by means of Baptism. There is no confusion as to the roles of the priest and the laity, clearly reflecting the hierarchy of God Himself and the sacrificial nature of the Mass.
7) The Traditional Latin Mass conveys stability in yet another sense: the same readings are read year in and year out. Repetition is the mother of learning. Knowing us to be such stupid and distracted creatures, God wants us immersed in the repetition of the same readings year in and year out, thus exposing us to the possibility of "getting it," say, after sixty or seventy years of hearing the same readings read year in and year out.
8) Finally, and please understand that this list is not exhaustive at all (I go into much greater detail in G.I.R.M. Warfare), that Catholics are less inclined to see the necessity of praying and working for the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King when the Mass at which they assist has dethroned His Kingly Dignity by instituting profane novelties (please see the horrors appended below) that actually enshrine the false values of the world. The Traditional Latin Mass conveys in all of its component parts, woven together so perfectly that it could not have been constructed by man synthetically, the Universal Kingship of Christ, Our High Priest and King. Make a mess of the Mass, make a mess of the Church and the world.
Cardinal Arinze, however, is caught up in the throes of a Revolution against the Faith, not realizing that he is involved in a revolution at all. He believes that there is some other cause for the decline in attendance at Holy Mass and the use of the Sacrament of Penance other than the warfare made against the perennial Tradition of the Catholic Church, expressed so perfectly and beautifully in the very Mass that Our Lord Himself taught the Apostles to say. He will search in vain for some other cause. Caught up in the Lockean trap of seeking structural solutions where none are to be found because none exist, Cardinal Arinze and his brother cardinals and bishops must convince themselves that have to "reform" a "reform" that was no reform at all but an attack on all that was authentically Catholic in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Doubt my word once again? Consider the words of Archbishop (then Monsignor) Annibale Bugnini, found in L'Osservatore Romano in March of 1965:
"We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants."
This "Humpty Dumpty" has fallen apart because it has been a bad egg from the very beginning, part of the adversary's efforts to undermine the Faith and to get believing Catholics to battle with each other, sometimes fiercely, almost all of the time as the revolutionaries progress with their agenda that blasphemes God and harms souls.