Friday 24 July 2020

Holy Wisdom

Younger priests are interested in Catholicism rather than in the Swinging Sixties. A few months older than I am, my friend took to the Old Rite today, to celebrate the Missa contra Paganos et Turcos. He will not have been the only one. 

At the same time, we need to re-learn structured daily prayer, setting aside one day in seven, fasting, almsgiving, pilgrimage, the global community of faith as the primary focus of personal allegiance and locus of personal identity, the lesser outward and greater inward struggle, the need for a comprehensive and coherent critique of both capitalism and Marxism, the coherence between faith and reason, and a consequent integrated view of art and science. 

The answer to the challenge of the Sunna is Sacred Tradition. The answer to the challenge of the Imamate is the Petrine Office. The answer to the challenge of Sufism is our own tradition of mysticism and monasticism. Liberal Catholics will be the last to see the point.

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