It is a common practice for the Catholic faithful to follow the liturgical seasons of the Church. In the past, they were required by disciplinary laws to fast and abstain during certain seasons, attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation, and receive the sacraments on Christmas and Easter.
But things have changed. Fasting and the rosary has ceased to be necessary parts of the practice of the Faith, and are now saved for special occasions, like beseeching Almighty God for that hallowed right, Freedom of Religion! Can I get an “Amen!,” brothers and sisters?
The beautiful reminders of the various liturgical seasons, banners depicting Our Lord, Our Lady and liturgical symbols, are now but facsimiles of their originals. The images are usually twisted and skewed, but artists frequently call them “deep and moving.” They yet have that dated and what was then, daring, 1960s flair, their images typically done up in some form of garish looking felt. The “Year of the Faith” logo is the archetypal example of the kind of ugly artwork the Novus Ordo likes to employ. The Novus Ordo has a sad case of the Emperor’s New Clothes. No one seems to point out that their artwork is entirely incapable of inspiring devotion.
With these kinds of problems, and lack of piety, is it any wonder that Catholics no longer know how to live or practice their Faith? The average “Catholic” attends the Novus Ordo twice a year, and outside of that, any number of vices would bely their claim to Catholicism.
It may seem the most obvious thing in the world to traditionalists to buy a traditional Catholic Calendar, how else would one follow along with the Church, and commit to the daily practice of the Faith? But those attending the Novus Ordo, who are experiencing an increasing decline in Mass attendance and face the shut down of their parish Church, may not realize the importance of having a traditional Catholic calendar and following it.
The celebration of Christmas is a prime example of why Catholics should follow the Church in her liturgical seasons. (And FYI, for Catholics, the Christmas season ends at the earliest at Epiphany, after the twelve days of Christmas, and at the latest on Feb 2, Candlemas – so please, if you want to be true to your Faith, don’t throw out that Christmas tree within the first week of celebrating the Nativity!) Without acknowledging the religious element of Christmas, it becomes a hollow celebration of self-gratification. This same acknowledgment can and should be carried through to Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and all the major feast days of Our Lord, Our Lady, and the saints.
Our youth need to be grounded in the Faith if we expect to see them maintain it as adults. It’s their fervor that will cause a rebirth of Catholicism. But you can’t love what you don’t know.
Since the Novus Ordo has been an epic failure in translating the Faith to the youth (a fact which they still can’t seem to own up to), it’s up to parents to return to the Faith that existed up until the 1960s innovations. Let’s not attempt to reinvent the wheel in the hopes of placating the lovey-dovey modernists. It hasn’t worked for the past 50 years, when will the Novus Ordo attendees and hierarchy admit it?
A traditional Catholic Calendar hung on your kitchen wall, instead of that one with the cute dogs, is a great first step towards practicing the faith. If you want your children to take the Faith seriously and live it, you have to give the example of it.
There are at least two traditional Calendars currently available, one from the Angelus Press, and one from St. Gertrude the Great Church.
The Catholic Calendar from sgg.org sells for $9. It features the pre-1955 rubrics and calendar, follows all feasts, fasts and observances, includes many optional feasts or devotional feasts not on the general calendar, and displays classic art featuring the saint of the month.
The Angelus Press Calendar features the history of the Papacy, follows the 1962 missal, current disciplinary law, as well as displaying recommended traditional disciplines for fast and abstinence. It can be purchased for $12.95.