Christmas is a great time to regroup and get in touch with your righteous warrior self. The problem nowadays is Christians have lost that “fighting spirit” and became docile, and taken the term “turn other cheek” a bit too literally. The communist left has taken advantage of that, and as a result, we’ve lost so many of our traditions to the progressive cause. Christians should be warriors who fight like crazy to keep their traditions intact. Instead, we’ve been rolling over the second s0me random liberal calls us a “racist.” I read a great piece by Dace Clifton who discussed this topic. He said becoming a warrior is not an easy process. Just about every elite group on the planet has some type of crazy hard-core selection process. These tests screen out those who are either not willing or able to complete the demands of the job. Some will become injured. Others will succumb to the extremes of their environment (heat, cold). More will be worn down by mental and physical exhaustion. For some, the deprivation of comfort, rest, and food will push them to their breaking point. Becoming a warrior is no easy job. Living as a warrior is even harder.
I’m convinced Christians should embrace the call to live as warriors. I’m not saying every Christian needs to become a professional soldier, although there would be some valuable lessons learned. I’m referring to living out Christian convictions in a way that matches the commitment, sacrifice, and dedication of a true warrior. The ideas of being a Christian and a warrior seldom connect in the modern world. If more Christians would embrace the level of commitment, sacrifice, and humility of warriors, I believe we would see massive changes in leadership.
Christmas is a great time to reflect on being warriors, and really think about what we’re fighting for, and as yourself how important your traditions are. Because if you don’t guard them with your life, the left will take them over, and twist them into something sick and perverted.
First, let us be careful not to waste away hours doom scrolling about the state of the Church and politics or getting into social media fights. It is good to be informed about what is going on in the world, particularly as it affects the sanctity of human life, family, and the Church. But feeding our fears by reading story after story of bad news will only lead us further into despair. Fr. James Martin does not care what you tweet at him, so stop wasting time trying to correct him.
Second, Christmas and the New Year are a good time to establish a regular prayer routine. No bishop or pope can take away our rosaries or the writings of the saints. Each family, led by the husband, will need to discern the best prayer routine, but let us all agree if you have 30 minutes to watch a TV show, you have 20 minutes to pray a rosary.
The routine might be broken up throughout the day – a morning offering at breakfast, a decade of the rosary at lunch, a rosary together as a family in the evening. We are blessed to have Catholic publishers that keep alive the writings of saints and other holy people. I suggest always having a good book nearby and setting aside 10 or 15 minutes a day to read it.
One habit I am trying to get into is substituting checking my phone with saying a prayer or picking up a book. I find the few minutes of idleness here or there while waiting in the checkout line or making lunch are often filled by scrolling on Twitter or Facebook. Instead, I would like to pick up a book by a saint or say five Aves instead while waiting.
Finally, we should be praying and thanking God for the opportunities we do have to attend the Latin Mass. We should thank God for the priests who still offer the Latin Mass and are striving to help the faithful, as well as those who do not offer the Latin Mass but still promote orthodoxy and the truth.
Hopefully, all Christians, Catholics, Evangelicals, etc., can come together and realize that fighting for righteousness is the best gift we can give ourselves and our children.
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