Vive la Resistance!

Because I am married to One Mad Dad, I watch an abundance of old war movies. (And women everywhere raise their hands with a sympathetic wave.) I’ve noticed it’s not an isolated way of life for wives. I actually don’t mind too much because I like history, although I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen “The Longest Day.” Anyway, one thing I’ve always been fascinated by is the French Resistance.

The French Resistance was abandoned by their military and government, who wimped out and threw in with Hitler. They were everyday folks, including a great many priests and nuns, and they did whatever they could to give the Nazis a really hard time. They spent a lot of time ruining Germany’s supply trains, they sabotaged, smuggled, stole, took a lot of pot shots at the enemy, printed underground newspapers to keep the rest of the country informed and keep morale up, helped allies downed behind enemy lines, provided a boatload of intelligence, and generally paved the way for the allied forces to easily move across France after the invasion of Normandy.
 
I have found myself reflecting more and more on the Resistance these last few weeks. Can’t imagine why?! We need this in the Church, and lest anyone try to accuse me of inciting violence, LET ME BE CLEAR, I’m not. In fact, I’d say that would be strategically stupid and evil, which is why I actually expect to start seeing some “false flag” moves even within the Church. We’ve already seen it in society, but with the accusations of violence and racism ratcheted up by the liberal, dissenting Catholics, I truly think they are seriously considering the idea.

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Creating a martyr has always been the tactic of liberal dissenters. Since they don’t have Truth, it’s all they have left. We’ve been told over the years how intolerant we are but, like I said, they’re ratcheting up their rhetoric even more lately.

So now that the disclaimer is out of the way, back to the Resistance. When I saw the Pachamamas go splash, I thought, “Yep! We need more of this!” We were all hoping someone would run in and stop the desecration. Sure enough, someone did, and we thank them for that. People can quibble about a potted plant, but the ugly wooden things were not in St. Peter’s. That is a win in my book. And, even better, the Virgin Mary was prominently on display. Somebody got the message. Whether or not it was simply appeasement on their part matters not. My guess is that they realized people are fed up beyond belief.

After this success, maybe we need more little “cells” all around the world combatting this crud. To those who frown on anonymity, I say who in the heck cares?! We just need people to combat the evil. If you want to tell people who you are, fine, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen huge improvements because of anonymous websites, clandestine leafleting of cars, “Susan” social media accounts, anonymous letters or those signed with pen names, two random guys dropping idols into the Tiber, or whatever. If you can’t have your name out there, do something anyway. Most of us don’t need or want notoriety. We just want to defend our Church and her teachings. It bolsters the bigger voices. So many little things can be done.

We need to be like those in the French Resistance and hit and run. Got the dissenter of the day coming to your parish? Pachamama pops up? Your local pastor dissenting against his faithful bishop? Anonymously or not, get the word out. Leaflet cars, send letters to the pastors, encourage letters be written to bishops, start Facebook pages, tweet, etc. be sure to include nice little dossiers on said speaker or action to 1) make it clear to the pastor that it’s not worth the headache you are giving him; 2) educate the rest of your fellow churchgoers on the problems with said speaker or action; and 3) make it generally annoying to have deal with you so they stop. People have done this with the likes of Fr. Dissenter and Sister Mary Pantsuit and have been quite successful in stopping them. It can be done everywhere, from the local parish to the Vatican. Not all of us can hop a plane to Rome, so we need to do what we can where we are. We especially need to do what we can to support the priests and bishops who are trying to propagate the Faith.  They are often persecuted, so we need to show that it simply is not acceptable to give them a hard time.

People often contact me about their local parish woes, and I encourage them to take actions like this all of the time. We’re not helpless. We can be sly as the serpent and gentle as the dove. We can do something. Pray for a whopping dose of creativity. If you’ve got money, heck, anonymously pay for an investigator to investigate someone you think to be nefarious. (I’ve got a really creative idea that costs money, so contact me if you’re feeling generous.) Give the Red Hat Report people money for research, the George Neumayrs of the world, the new sites – anyone investigating. Withhold your donations from your local dissenters AND LET PEOPLE KNOW WHY. Don’t care if people know who you are? Go to meetings, speaking engagements, etc., and record. You teach catechism in your parish and can’t afford the notoriety? Do some anonymous work. I am just an unknown housewife and really cool mom (stop rolling your eyes, children!) with ZERO resources other than a laptop, and yet you’re still reading this. Just be part of resistance to heresy and dissent however you can. I’m sure most of you are more creative than you think.

To prepare, make sure you pray first, frequent the sacraments, and have a reliable spiritual director. When God grants us some relief, we will have laid the foundation for the Faith to flourish just like the French Resistance paved the way for the allies. Is it exhausting? Is it a pain? Of course, but at least at this point, nobody is making us actual physical martyrs. We’re experiencing inconvenience. We really need to suck it up and not act like we’re being stoned to death. If you can’t do it simply for the Faith, do it for your children and grandchildren you may not even see on the horizon. Act like you can and do it for them. If your goal is not to thwart dissent, heresy and annoy some mouthy, dissenting Catholic liberals in some small way (all for the benefit of the Faith, of course), what is your goal? Vive la Resistance!

15 thoughts on “Vive la Resistance!

  1. Thank you for your post! I would add that the Resistance is against heresy – and I would define that as those opposed / against the teachings of the Catholic Church as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is not a resistance against the Novus Ordo Mass or those who receive Communion in the hand. If one wants to discuss those issues in a charitable way – fine, but recently I have seen tweets like “If you attend a Novus Ordo Mass you are part of the problem”. That is not helpful and is causing division among the faithful, playing right into Satan’s plan. I have occasionally in forums come to the defense of a good / non heretical Bishop only to be told I’m going to hell. Of course, anonymous forums can attract some people struggling with issues – but be kind out there!

    Remember that where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. For those who feel that the Church is full of sin, keep in mind that grace abounds more. In my opinion, Saint John Paul II and Benedict 16 are part of the grace. Cardinals Muller, Burke, Sarah and more are part of the Grace. Be part of the Grace.

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    1. I would agree. I think I left a narrow scope. Try not to see the division and just let it roll off your back. People are going to do, say and believe what they do, say and believe. As long as i’m good with my family and spiritual director, it’s not worth getting defensive about. I try to take “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” approach and everyone is well meaning as original sin will allow!

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      1. Yes! One of my daughters veils and attends a Latin Mass – she also sometimes is an altar server at the Novus Ordo Mass:) I may start attending myself, but my local Novus Ordo Masses are reverent and well done and in pretty churches – I feel fortunate.

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  2. I’ve just written an article on the same theme though I approached it from a different angle. Vichy France was the puppet state established by the Nazi’s during their occupation of France. The problem with “Resistance” as the leftists have learned contra Trump is that it has to have a goal in order to go anywhere. The leftist “resistance” had no legs, because it wasn’t really that, it was a revolution in waiting. The French Resistance (such as it was, as a commenter pointed out to me) could only Hinder the Nazi’s, they couldn’t overcome them.

    Resistance doesn’t have the power to overthrow the regime. So what is our goal? I think it’s time to turn hyper-local. Lets focus on our Families, our Friends, our Parishes. Lets vote with our feet and with our dollars. Lets get involved in our Parishes.

    The next 10 years of Christendom are going to be tough. We need to fortify at home!

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    1. Thanks for posting that story, sfgreg. I’m in the SF archdiocese too, and I’m familiar with some of the players mentioned. Fr Illo is 100% right when he says that there’s a generational split with the priests under 40 generally supportive of Abp Cordileone. I’d even push that dividing line to 50 or 55. With a median age of 67, there’s a huge cohort of priests in the SF archdiocese who were ordained in the ’60s to early ’80s, and they bring with that a “Spirit of Vatican II” mentality that is now considered passé among younger American Catholic (though currently enjoying a 2nd wind in the Rome!). Many of these guys in the 55-75 age range are used to and comfortable with a certain “Catholic light” approach, i.e., informal liturgy & music, architectural “wreckovation” and a lax approach to sexual morality among parishioners and, yes, themselves. I’ve heard reliable stories about some older archdiocesan priests making homosexual passes at parishioners. Naturally, guys like that aren’t going to be comfortable with a straight-laced archbishop, his agenda and the younger priests who are more in line with his views. Let us pray for Abp Cordileone and the good priests of the SF archdiocese.

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    2. I’d like people to note the part of the NcR article that states: “Central to deliberations were deanery-defined table-group discussions…”

      The Delphi Technique or Method uses small group discussions to help reach a consensus. But this technique is often abused when a predetermined outcome is desired. The tables could have been set up so that each table had someone purposely put in place to “lead” the discussion. The giveaway to me was “each group was directed to share one item for immediate attention by archdiocesan administrators”. Hmmm. One item each and they were “nearly” all the same! “Nearly every table named poor communications from the archbishop and chancery — and exclusion of priests from key decisions in the archdiocese.”

      Since when is the bishop required to include all the priests in key decisions in an archdiocese?

      Before taking this “outcome” at face value I would need to know how the seating arrangements were made at those tables.

      And it’s also worth considering the source of the article!

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      1. Yes! This is what happened when I attended a meeting at my parish last year to discuss the sex abuse scandal in the Church. The tables were “rigged” in my opinion and the bishop was in total control of the conversation.

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