In times like these, where confusion reigns inside and outside Holy Mother Church, its hard to keep your peace. I’ve just gone through this recently with regard to the Holy Father (Pope Francis) and the Dubia that were first sent to him privately about two months ago, and more recently were made public.
There’s three things to focus on if you want to avoid being driven crazy by the happenings in Rome and the West:
- Prayer – we can’t do it without prayer. St. Augustine says that those who don’t pray can’t be saved. I have to pray and so do you. Prayer is food for the soul. We need to properly nourish our souls if we are to remain sane during the storm.
- Humour – Laughing is very good for you. We have to be able to laugh at the situation. I find listening to or reading G.K. Chesterton helps me to laugh because he seemed so whimsical and light. Its easy to listen to or read, and it also makes you smile.
- Study – we have to learn the Tradition of the Church. When we know the Tradition, we’re properly rooted in the Faith, and the scandals and storms won’t toss us about. St. Paul says: “Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.” — 2 Thess. 2:14, Douay-Rheims.
For more on Tradition and its importance, see Fr. Chad Ripperger, FSSP. His conference on the binding force of Tradition is excellent. He really knows his stuff.