As a faithful son of the Church who is overwhelmingly happy that Peter has given me the choice to ONLY attend the Traditional Latin Mass (nevermind that it is far away–I have a car, gas money, and the will!). And I am quite sympathetic to my brothers and sisters who CANNOT find a TLM in their area (however, I really do believe that where there’s a will there IS a way).
Something that is striking me hard between the eyes, though, are these threads that contain either posters complaining outright, or newspaper articles of “faithful parishioners” who are complaining outright, or arguing with their Priests, arguing with their Bishops, and still identifying themselves as the “faithful.”
**Worse case scenario: ** They have unfaithful Priests and Bishops. It would cost way too much to drive hours away to find a TLM. They are forced by economic and real circumstances to attend only Parishes that abuses the Liturgy, run by Priests who are actively persecuting Traditionalists.
Is there a benefit to suffering? If circumstances really have prevented someone from finding a Parish situation that suits them, maybe this suffering is what God wants of them?
Ecclesisaticus (Sirach) 2:1-6: *Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear: and prepare thy soul for temptation.
Humble thy heart, and endure: incline thy ear, and receive the words of understanding: and make not haste in the time of clouds.
Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end.
Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep Patience.
For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
Believe God, and he will recover thee and direct thy way: and trust in Him. Keep his fear, and grow old therein.*