You Belong In This Time Period
My sister-in-law and I both like to talk about how we were “born in the wrong time period”. She argues that she should have been born in the 1700s due to her interest in old time novels such as “Pride and Prejudice” and other Jane Austen novels. She longs for a time when people were cordial and more people were sophisticated.
Like-wise, I feel I should have been born in the mid-to-late 1800s. Back when Catholics knew their faith and weren’t afraid to believe in it. When priests, bishops and cardinals had the guts to stand up and look evil in the face and preach the error of their ways.
But there is a deep silliness in wanting to go backwards or forwards in time to a time period in which you think that you would fit in better. God in His infinite wisdom created you to live right now. Had He wanted you to live in your desired time period, He would have done so. We always long for that which we don’t have and for times in which we unfairly assume they would be easier on us.
We all have our cross to bear, and not living in our desired time period would be one of them. On top of that, since God has given me that sense of longing for Catholicism as she was taught for a good 1900+ years (give or take), I have a unique situation in which I can share that with those today (who believe in God only knows what).
Similarly, my sister-in-law has a responsibility to share with our unsophisticated and highly uncordial culture, the finer things in life and how true men and true women are to behave in a properly functioning society.
Many of us know how bad our society and culture is today. Sin abounds. Granted, we have many benefits that the past does not hold (nor possibly the future) that make our lives much easier.
Technology allows for much more information to come through to us, both good and bad. The internet allows me to find Church Documents easily on one website from all of the Popes and Councils that I can easily reference. The built-in find tool allows me go directly to what I am looking for. Unfortunately, the internet also allows for many distractions and heresy to enter into my life that normally wouldn’t be there otherwise. But ultimately, the Truths and proper etiquette of the past, still hold true today, even if they are not practice nor enforced.
I think it is a safe assumption that if you are reading this, you too, long for a traditional sense of worship in the liturgy. You also long for priests, bishops and cardinals to stand up and defend the faith, rather than just let it go. But God instilled in you the desire for His Truth and the courage to seek it out and defend it. Thus, it is a safe assumption to make that you play a valuable role in bringing about the return to chivalry, tradition, and proper interaction.
Do not wish to be taken away from this time period, as God has purposefully put you here. Discern His will, and implement it, bringing the greatness of the past into today’s world.