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Alas, the About page is still under construction. Perhaps we are taking it more seriously than we need to be, but it is important to us and we haven’t had the time to devote to it that we would really like to.
If you are reading Br. Aurelius’ articles, than you already know and understand at least part of the crisis that faces, not only the whole world, but the Church, herself. It is not an idle threat, and it cannot be handled idly.
The time that we have been born into is both unique…and terrifying. Yes, we can (and do) spend a lot of our time pointing fingers and assigning blame to this group and that group. We lament those who came before and their lack of foresight, cowardice or outright hostility.
But while understanding what happened and how it happened is obviously important, it clearly should not take up the lion’s share of our time. As soon as a man comes to grips with what has occurred, the question then becomes one of personal responsibility.
It is the responsibility of each clear-thinking man to start asking himself what he can do to help remedy the situation (if anything) and how he can best serve himself and his community. We must, in effect, restore our piety; that is, our loyalty to God, our family and our community, in that order. You can read a little bit about piety here.
But where can a man even start? Our educational institutions are propaganda machines for the enemy and are aggressively hostile to both men and learning of any sort. The societies and communities in which most of us live are equally hostile to us and actually represents the antithesis of what we believe and hold true. As for the Church…while the true Church will never fail, cannot ever fail, the Conciliar Church as we know it was long ago taken by the enemy. Fancy white robes and a funny hat does not a Pope make.
We men who see the problem (and want to do something about it) are often adrift in confusion. We have no root, no firm foundation, upon which to build and grow. And without that foundation, that understanding of what we should believe, we are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past just as surely as night follows day.
This, we cannot allow.
Br. Aurelius has spent many years studying the mind of the Fathers and the piety of the Saints. As a monk who has devoted himself to God, it is his supreme joy to be able to share what he has learned with those who, like ourselves, seek after God in truth. He knows (who better?) how difficult such self-learning is. Indeed, he has often lamented the fact that many men no longer know how to learn, or even what knowledge is. It has become his personal goal, then, to try to bring back to those like-minded individuals a little bit of what he has been given by God. Freely you have received, freely give.
We’re not willing to stop there, however. It is our hope and dream that the Hermitage will become much more.
Today’s so-called monastics are not even shadows of their former selves. Many of the men who become monks (or even priests, to our great sadness and consternation) are merely those who are too odd or socially inept to fit in to the real world. Sadly, that has fostered a spirit of sexual deviancy and a lack of faith among many of those who are formally professed in the major orders.
It was not always that way, however. To become a monastic, to wholly devout yourself to God, is an inherently masculine pursuit. You have denied yourself the pleasure of women (dubious at best, we know) and of family life, of wealth and property, and have instead fixed yourself steadily upon a life of battle, sorrow and pain. You have denied the world, thus your enemies are no longer the princes of nations but the powers and principalities of the air; the angelic traitors to the throne who never eat, never sleep, and cannot surrender.
To be a priest is even more harrowing. For you must stand with the authority of Christ, himself, against the devils; a holy lieutenant in God’s army, if you will, who must not only fight his own battle against the enemy but succor and encourage those men who, like you, have been signed with the sign of the cross and stand firm against the degradations of this world.
We desire nothing more (or less) than the restoration of the Church’s inherently masculine spirit. This, as we discussed above, is merely a restoration of piety.
What does that mean, practically? Well, it means educating other men about what the faith is, what it should look like, and how it should be expressed. It means fostering a masculine, aggressive spirit and encouraging other men to seek out monasticism and the priesthood. It means helping those men to begin their training and finding places for them to be formally trained where they won’t be inculcated by the modern, liberal doctrine…even if we have to found them ourselves.
It means actually saying the mass the way it is written and not in the lackadaisical (and effeminate) manner that is seen nearly everywhere else.
It means frescoes in the churches and traditional architecture. It means a choir of men who are trained to sing and who sacrifice their time to better themselves for the sake of others.
And it means encouraging a masculine community, where men may come and grow together. A place for them to gather, study and pray for their betterment and for the betterment of society as a whole.
God, family, and community.
These things don’t come easily and there are a lot of obstacles in our way, as we are sure that you already know, having to face many of them yourself.
But the fight is what makes it worthwhile.
If any of this has resonated with you, we hope that you will take a moment and visit our Support page, where we will regularly post the different projects we are working on and how you can help us. We are just getting started, right now, so every little bit helps.
If you have an idea of how we may help to support you and encourage you better in your journey, or even if you just want to chat, please write us and let us know. We enjoy hearing from you. It’s what gives what we do meaning.
Thank you all for your patience with us and for having read through all that. Br. Aurelius will have something more meaningful up soon. In the meantime, we humbly ask for your prayers; both for Br. Aurelius, as he struggles in his work, for the success of the Hermitage and also for ourselves. The Lord knows we could use them.
In return we assure you of our own. If there is something that you would like us to pray about for you, specifically, reach out to us on our contact page.
Again, thank you, God speed…and God bless.