The Church has an ancient storehouse of vast treasures, old and yet fresh as the morning dew. Most of us have forgotten them, these treasures which used to be in the daily lives of the simplest peasant in medieval Europe. The feasts and fasts, commemorations, processions, prayers, and hymns that make up the traditional liturgical year of the Church were the very soil for Catholic culture in that age. Multiple generations would assemble together and celebrate Michaelmas in the summer, children would go on procession for Martinmas at the waning of the year, and a whole host of other liturgical practices. Today, practically all of this has been lost for the majority of Catholics. Most Catholics don’t even know what they don’t know. My wife and I certainly didn’t years ago, and we are still digging.

And yet, in the midst of the crisis within the Church, with the antipathy of so many in the hierarchy toward the traditions and, seemingly, the Tradition of the Church, something is blooming. It is no secret that young families are rediscovering Tradition in droves. The enemies without and within the Church thought they had put away all of this “rigidity.” Diane Montagna, at the most recent Catholic Identity Conference, shared how a high-ranking cardinal was vexed that thirteen thousand people had signed up for the Chartres pilgrimage in France. Even with the latest motu proprio, I truly believe that this cat will not go back into the bag.

And so, mothers and fathers in their homes have begun to rediscover and try to bring back old traditions. Young, savvy moms share ideas on social media about the different practices they do, crafts they make, recipes they make to celebrate the saints and feasts of the year. Some parishes have been able to organize processions, such as to Our Lady of Fatima on October 13, the anniversary of the miracle of the sun. But, still, it is very hard in our modern, busy lives to keep up with all of this, and many are quietly discouraged and able to do very little.

Praise the Lord

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