11.7.19

THE “MONASTIC PROPOSITUM” AND THE WAY THROUGH THE DESERT: Putting the Horse Before the Cart


"... Christendom was built not by the popes or emperors but on a prior foundation of the individual... to turn away from the world and toward Christ at any cost.

... Anyone who wants to know how truly useless for building Christian civilisation the papacy can be must read the story of ... the Pornocracy of the 10th century...

...“From the propositum we move to social structures. But the propositum is first... Any social structures that will protect and nurture the propositum, make it flower, is valid.” ... [we] enjoy a divine freedom to re-create whatever old forms that will serve us now...


The propositum for all Christians

... What did Catholics do under pagan (…and Arian and Nestorian…) persecution? ...they hid in the catacombs, ... they went to the deserts either literally in space or interiorly at home. They gave their lives ...completely to God. They devoted their every waking moment to Christ, to seeking His will and His Face, until it became a matter of indifference to them if they were persecuted [or not]...

It was out of this voluntary embrace of spiritual poverty, indifference to the world and its fury, that Christendom grew to the extraordinary heights of the 12th and 13th centuries...


What do we have that they didn’t?

... we ... have the ...advantage of 2000 years of saints ... The theological questions ... are definitively answered ... We can know with absolute certainty what is and is not true about God, and our duties to Him...

And we all have access to it. ... The internet is certainly fraught with dangers but it is still the greatest... library of classical Christian thought of all time...

We don’t have a larger Christian social context... in which to recreate the monastic culture... more of this kind of thing is not likely to be achieved under the current pontificate, or under the Vatican regime that is likely to come from it for the rest of our lifetimes. But we have a power ...; to devote our lives to Christ. And from that, grand miracles flow."

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