We are experiencing in the world today nothing less than the on-going conflagration of a single, unified, Revolution through time, particularly over the past five centuries, against the Church, humanity, and even God himself that began with the egregious disaster called the Protestant Reformation, carried forth with thunderous fury into the French Revolution, and ultimately bore the fruit of institutional, state managed atheism in twentieth century communism. (Oliveira 1993) Today, we experience this Revolution in the form of our ever more confused secular atheistic culture. Today’s culture is no more than an atheistic wasteland that is the natural outcome of the Protestant Revolution.
From the initial Protestant rebellion against obedience to proper Church authority, this virus germinated into a full blown societal skepticism against any “objective” moral authority and further degenerated into the disease of moral and religious relativity that is ruining Western civilization today. The old and sure faith of Christendom in the Middle Ages was cast aside in favor of the intoxicating philosophies of the Revolution with its radical individualism. This spiritual Revolution is the very root cause of our culture’s demise.
From this simple but rich perspective, one may put together a puzzle whereby all the pieces of history that before seemed so confusing now assemble on the table before us in a remarkable but terrifying picture.
The Protestant Revolution has run its course. Its influence on society has been a disaster for Western civilization. The same prideful spirit that refused to bow before Rome in the sixteenth century chased priests to their death in the French Revolution of the eighteenth century. That same spirit, “empowered” by “freedom” from institutional Catholic religion brought “free-thinkers” in philosophy to the complete rejection of God through the institutional regimes of twentieth century atheistic communism. This is one Revolution led by One Personal Force that rebelled against God from the earliest moments of creation. It seeks the destruction of the work of Jesus Christ as manifest in his one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.
Whereas Protestantism for some well-meaning revolutionaries sought to free men from a corrupt Church, it still encouraged society as a whole over time to question Sacred Tradition, the teaching authority given only to Christ’s Church (no matter how corrupt is that Church), and the Truths of the fullness of God’s revelation. Revolutionary Protestantism ran straightway in a predictable pattern through the bloody French Revolution and into institutional twentieth century communism which has now spread through our modern culture.
This is what happens when mankind attempts to “free” itself from God. It always leads from life to true self-inflicted slavery. The other march, that march from Protestantism into modern secular atheism is a replication of the rebellion of man against God in the Garden of Eden. Once again we see that the first few chapters of the book of Genesis have all we need to understand the modern world.
What, then, is the essence of this Revolution? What is the basic driving force of it? You might recognize it as one of the key warnings, one of those crevices in which I warned we might fall on the March of Hope if we are not careful:
“The most powerful driving force of the Revolution is in the disordered tendencies. For this reason, the Revolution has been compared to a typhoon, an earthquake, a cyclone, the unleashed forces of nature being material images of the unbridled passions of man.”
“This inversion-the right to think, feel, and do everything the unrestrained passions demand – is the essence of liberalism…it is solely interested in freedom for evil, it…restricts freedom of the good as much as possible.” (Oliveira 1993)
The Revolution is the attempt to bring a constant and ever destructive chaos opposing goodness in our lives and societies through the rebellious and disordered passions of man. Does this sound familiar? Does it sound like our culture today with twenty-four-hour noise, vulgarity, rudeness, and shamelessness? If you feel completely torn apart in our world today and lacking unity, then you are feeling the effects of the Revolution. This is what the Revolution calls “freedom,” freedom to engage in any immoral activity one desires, to be left alone in self-worship and in complete rebellion against God’s commandments.
What, then, is the solution? It is quite simple. It is a Counterrevolution:
“If the Revolution is disorder, the Counter-Revolution is the restoration of order. And by order we mean the peace of Christ in the Reign of Christ, that is, Christian civilization, austere and hierarchical, fundamentally sacral, anti-egalitarian, and anti-liberal.” (Oliveira 1993)
You may now be connecting The March of Hope with the theme of cultural recovery through order in the Counterrevolution that is Catholic spirituality. What I have come to see as I journey through time and space with my saintly friends is that our unity of both soul and body depends on the correct ordering of our values. This leads to unity in principles and a vibrant personal life. When individuals are well-ordered, they lead society to a well-ordered, life-giving culture.
The spirit of Order is that of Jesus Christ. The March of Hope is about the correct order of affairs; it is about Jesus and his saving grace, his authority, and his laws which must first be obeyed; then the Holy Mother of God as the Queen, Mediatrix of grace, and our Mother; and then to the brotherhood of man in the communion of saints as a glorious, eternal, hierarchical aristocracy, kingdom, and family for which we sacrifice our lives to obtain.
This is the Sacred Tradition of the Church passed onto us for two thousand years. This is the path of our Fathers. This is the March of Hope and The Freedom Dance on the trail of the Dogmatic Creed of Roman Catholicism. This is the grand view that I have come to see.
The Kingdom to which I led you is an aristocracy, not a democracy. This Kingdom has a King and a Queen. We know Jesus to be King. It is to him that all rulers, indeed all people, will kneel, and there is no other. This Kingdom, the view of which I see on that great hillside, that mountain top with Joan of Arc and Thérèse, is a kingdom of peace, order, personal and community fulfillment; it is a Christian Kingdom. It is the Kingdom prepared for you for all of eternity.
It is time for the revival and dominance of Catholic culture. It is time to bring the Kingdom of God down from the very heavens.
It is time to March in Hope for the Counterrevolution!