Saturday, 27 July 2019
Charity demands much from us - traditionally-minded and otherwise
Today's attack on Michael Voris - stemming as it did from recent accusations against the SSPX made by Church Militant - has got me thinking about charity.
What have I concluded? It is sorely lacking among Catholics of all stripes, not just one particular Catholic group or another.
It is said, by both Paul and the Beloved Disciple, that charity is the greatest of virtues. We can have faith. We can have hope. But if we don't have charity, then, well, faith and hope mean nothing.
Yes, it is that simple and stark. And it is sorely missed in our world today.
We are all familiar with the epithets the pope hurls at simple, small-town bloggers like myself, Barona, Vox Cantoris, Boniface, and so on. Pharisee. Rigid. Rosary-counter. Self-absorbed, Promethean neo-Pelagian.
We are also familiar, no doubt, with the times in our lives when Catholics who don't think as we do have resorted to ad hominems and have looked upon us unfavorably as a result of what we say. Blogger and otherwise.
These ought to irk us, and rightly so, as they are quite uncharitable.
But - and I say this with a strong awareness of my own culpability in this - that does not justify returning the favor as traditionally-minded Catholics.
Like I said earlier, I get it. We are angry and frustrated after being poked at with a stick in a cage for 50 to 60 years. We feel robbed and we want things to be solved as of yesterday.
But really --- does it justify the viritol and mud-slinging we see between various traditional Catholic factions on a daily basis?
No one is immune from this lack of charity. I, admittedly, capitulated to this with my short series on the "true traditionalists."
Barona has admitted to personal, unrestrained anger at some Catholic figures in the past, and issued a public apology on this blog.
The FSSP, during some important festivities here in Canada last year, used the occasion to once again lamblast the SSPX for being "in schism" and whatever else.
Some Catholics who attend Masses offered by the SSPX like to opine that the Fraternity was created to destroy the SSPX.
I would go on, but I have made my point.
Charity is sorely lacking in many, many Catholics these days. It doesn't matter who I am talking about, we could all use lessons in charity from time to time. Traditionally-minded Catholic or otherwise. Even if it is the same lesson we keep on needing to be told.
The virtue of Charity is so important that entire books have been written on it, and continue to be written as I speak.
It demands a lot from us, this virtue. It always has, and as humans, we have failed in exhibiting it as as a whole time and time again. The only difference between earlier times and this one is that the stunning lack of it is more accessible for all to see.
Perhaps - just perhaps - it is time to break this cycle, starting with our own lives.