It’s not a coincidence that the shortening days of a coming winter coincide with the last days of the Church year. It’s here, at the dark end of the year, that we reflect on the dark end of the world. The times prior to Christ’s return will be frightening, the readings remind us, full of wars and chaos, followed by a fierce and inescapable judgment. This especially in the traditional Roman Rite, which is Advent Uncensored.
But the truth is that there is good news in all this.
Of course, it doesn’t seem like good news, because it’s hard news, this tearing away from sin and illusion. It hurts. But that’s what Our Lord does for us, what the Church does for us, what the rhythms of the liturgical calendar reveal: by the grace of Our Lord, through the Sacraments of the Church, we face the darkness and walk through it into Light.
This is our mission at OnePeterFive: to wrest souls away from a path that does end in death and bring them into the light of truth. We don’t do it with sunshine and roses. This is what got us into such trouble in the first place, what led so many to be “meh” about being Catholic.
Here we don’t dumb anything down, and we don’t fuzzy anything up. We give people what they deserve and what the Church proclaims – the cauterizing clarity of the truth that saves souls.
We’re all about the hard teachings: that Jesus is truly and fully present in the Eucharist, that we will each of us face judgment at the end of our lives, and that it is possible for souls to spend eternity in hell. That while we are alive, we are called to live out the Gospel and share it in a world that is programmed to hate us. And these hard beliefs and practices of ours don’t make us hard—they make us holy.
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Timothy Flanders is the editor-in-chief of OnePeterFive. He is the author of City of God versus City of Man: The Battles of the Church from Antiquity to the Present and Introduction to the Holy Bible for Traditional Catholics. His writings have appeared at OnePeterFive and Crisis, as well as in Catholic Family News. In 2019 he founded The Meaning of Catholic, a lay apostolate dedicated to uniting Catholics against the enemies of Holy Church. He holds a degree in classical languages from Grand Valley State University and has done graduate work with the Catholic University of Ukraine. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.