(Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a three-part series: “Leading a Traditional Catholic Life in a Time of Civil War.”)
The past two weeks have been highly emotional for many Catholics. We felt anger, and justifiably so. We talked incessantly about what had happened, about what might happen in the future, about how we could respond, and about the meaning of it all.
But sooner or later, the initial shock wears off and the anger subsides, yielding place—in far too many souls—to sadness, depression, despondency, lethargy, or, worst of all, a desire to give up. For that is indeed the worst thing tradition-loving Catholics could do—to stop praying, working, and fighting for traditional Catholicism and its crowning glory, the Tridentine Mass.