The Task Before Us (continued)
The person with eyes to see the spiritual warfare. A warfare which shows itself in conflict and division against a supernatural faith does not loose heart. He resists a secular mindset whos diversionary tactics are to find refuge in political ideology or simple avoidance by a negative silence. When faced with the truth delivered to the Saints there are those within the body of the Church who actively seek to recreate a new Church in their own image. The action of the Deceiver is to clothe himself in a semblance of reasonableness. In safeguarding the Traditional Catholic Faith the man of faith does not waste his energy but makes full use of the spiritual weapons given to us which the enemy lacks.
Penance and prayer
Love of the Holy Mass
Practise of the moral virtues
These are the weapons which help us in our daily counter-revolutionary struggle. Indeed, we find a mention of this struggle in Holy Scripture itself. St John, under the dictation of "He that hath the seven spirits of God and the seven stars", that is, under the dictation of Our Lord, addresses himself to the Angel of the Church of Sardis by saying "Esto vigilens et confirma quae moritura errant" which means "Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die" (Apoc 3:2)
It is our sacred duty to protect "the things that remain", the unbroken cord of Apostolic tradition and faith. For when the Master comes it is necessary that He finds us vigilant. Those that understand God's plan and who seek to comply with it, form, one will agree, "the few" to whom Our Lady of Salette appeals when she says "Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see".
What is the significance of this few, in terms of the supernatural order, and what can one expect of it in our earthly fight? God always gives strength to the few when humanly speaking it all seems lost. Often to a single man For example Moses had only his staff, and his faith, to take the Hebrews out of Egypt. David too, had only his sling and faith to overcome Goliath. Also, at the time of the incarnation, a single family was perfect, the Holy Family, the head of which was St Joseph.
So for us God has given us the weapon of prayer to which must be added penance which gives wings to prayer.
Our Lady has shown herself to us by her solicitude and anxiety in the face of the rise of iniquity so that we would not lose heart. By the prophetic words she gave us at Fatima. She consoles her little ones and fulfils before us the celebrated prophecy contained in the Canticle of Canticles:
"who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array" (Cof .6a)
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