Hello again, y’all! This blog finds me 2 days out from my 39th birthday. I was meaning to write a post about it but considering that it fell on a Monday this year, nothing of note came to mind. Stupid Mondays. Anyway, something else of note did come to mind and I think it kinda intertwines with being another year older.
I’ve been realizing more and more that the older that I get, the more conservative I get with my views. With that said, however, I don’t think that I’ll ever get to the level of some of the people I’ve seen who take the “holier than thou” approach to anything moderate and “left” of that. I’m actually not a fan of being radically one way or the other, to be honest. I think once you get too far past the tipping point of even, you start to lose prospective on things. Well, that’s my opinion at least. I’ve realized that I’ve experienced this on both spectrums a lot as of late.
For example, this damn “cancel culture” that we live in now is just sickening. These people who are offended by every little thing make the tallest mountains out of the smallest of molehills and it ruins people’s lives. I don’t understand how somebody can’t just be regularly offended, throw an insult out (even if it’s just to yourself about the offending person) and move on with their lives? Is it that hard of a thing to do? What’s the point of gathering a mob just to shame somebody over an offense? Get over it. Grow a thicker skin. That’s what I say. As wrong as that may be. People need to learn to accept adversity in their lives.
On the flip side of that coin, though, some people are just… assholes! There’s no other way to put it. An example I was recently exposed to is a sect of traditional Catholics whom I tried to give their podcast a listen to, but just couldn’t get past the hatred in their message. This group is Norvus Ordo Watch. Let me set this up for you really quick. As I’ve mentioned on a few blog posts here, I consider myself a traditional Catholic person. I attend a FSSP (Fraternal Society of Saint Peter) parish that lives and celebrates the traditional Catholic lifestyle, including following the old liturgical calendar, and celebrating the Latin Mass using the 1962 Roman Missal. I know it’s almost closed minded of me to think and say this, but the Norvus Ordo Mass to me is so… icky. LOL! That’s the only way I can describe it. From the priest facing the laity during Mass, the laity doing priestly things (like raising their hands or opening their hands to pray over people), holding hands during the “Our Father”, the sign of peace, the complete lack of respect in the way people dress to go to church, not knowing the catechism of the church, holy days of obligation, the lack of availability of confession/the wanting to be in a state of grace, etc… I could go on. Point is, I think it’s a big reason that so many people during the peak of the baby boomer generation left the Church and why there are over 36,000+ different forms of protestantism. Nobody knew their faith enough to defend it or to try and stay with it and live a true Catholic life. Anyway, back to Norvus Ordo Watch. These dudes take my point of view and turn the volume up of that to like 99 on a scale of 10 as far as the things that bother them. They are not quite like FSSP which is in full communion with Rome and has the blessing of the Holy See to practice the traditional rite. Oh no. These guys say that the Chair of Peter is vacant! On this last podcast (and I actually unsubscribed after hearing the 50 minutes of hate speech), the guy who hosts the podcast was just spewing out his hate and just to show how spineless he is, actually put it out on front street that he was not going to give out his identity! What kinda madness is that?! Talking ALL this smack saying how “Francis”, (not even calling our Holy Father, THE POPE!) does this and that, and talking smack about the cardinals and bishops in line with Pope Francis doing all sorts of things but doesn’t have the guts to put his name behind his complaints. I don’t understand that, by the way. Complaining, but not doing anything about it. What’s the point after complaining once or twice about something? I mean, I do that, hell everybody does! “Oh, this sucks!” but then we move on one way or another, you know? These peeps are hammering their complaints to the ground, but don’t do anything about it. They just want to keep making sure people know that “this ain’t EWTN. (said sarcastically)” and “Francis is the anti-pope.” What the hell, guys? Again. Hatred without even any understanding of the other side. I mean, don’t get me wrong. Like I said here before, I’m no fan of the norvus ordo faith myself, but I practice the faith the way I feel the best to do it and along the actual rules and authority of Holy Mother Church. I pray that more people become enlightened in their faith, and want to actually learn their faith as I have. Understand that doing the things that they do are wrong when it feels right (enter your mortal sin that you try to justify here). I’m not trying to start a revolution and claiming that we have no pope! I don’t like the things that Pope Francis does either, but I also have the assurance that no matter what “The gates of hell shall not prevail against” the church. We may have shady popes doing shady things (and believe me, we have had many in the past 2,000 years), but that has never led to the disrespect of the successor of Peter like I’ve seen it. Maybe it was that way with the real bad popes back in the middle ages, but considering the global world we live in now, it’s way more visible of a defiance from people that we see now. I pray for the poor souls in this world and the next.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I’m not a line stepper. I’m not one to raise my voice in opposition of anything. I don’t like to rock the boat. I keep my mouth shut and my head down and mind my own damn business. I wish a lot more people would do the same. But that’s just me.