These are the reasons why I hope:
- I hope because it is rumored that Justice Kennedy will retire this summer, in which case we will soon have the most conservative Supreme Court since Roe.
- I hope because of the self-defeating nature of evil: most of the seminarians and young priests in America today are deeply traditional and orthodox, because boys who grew up in modern, liberal churches in the 80s and 90s often did not stay in the faith, much less become priests: for the most part, only those who experienced something deeper, the fullness of the beauty and tradition of the Catholic Church, have become priests in recent decades.
- I hope because the Church in America is growing. The Census will not show it; the Census will say that Catholics are dying faster than replacement rate and our average age continues to increase. But meanwhile, there are a growing number of parishes around the country returning to Latin, to the Tridentine rite, to ad orientem masses, communion rails, smells & bells, and the whole package—and the churches that are doing this are filling the pews with young families who long for something that only the Church can offer. So the numbers of Americans who want The Real Deal is growing.
- I hope because for 2,000 years, God has been populating Heaven with his saints. There are more saints in heaven with each passing day, and more canonized Saints with each passing year. The soldiers of the early church had to fight without anything like the same level of “air support” that we now have available only a prayer away.
- I hope because of human psychology: humans have an innate longing to commit themselves totally to a cause worthy of that level of commitment. So converting formerly-casual Catholics to whole-life commitment will actually be more effective than just asking for “one more little thing”.
- I hope because we’ve been given a sneak peak at the last chapter: in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. The sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary are especially typical of modern Protestantism, so the triumph of her heart speaks to me of a coming great re-unification of God’s Church.
- I hope because we are now 100 years post-Fatima and post-Bolshevik revolution, the time of the loosing of Satan prophesied by Pope Leo XIII is likely past, and the errors of Russia that have spread throughout the world—irreverence for tradition and social institutions, disrespect for human life, dignity, and sexuality, disregarding the afterlife, etc.—have advanced to the point of absurdity and are due to start trending in the other direction.
- I hope because throughout history, the Church is at its best when it is at its weakest, when it is cornered and can retreat no further and only one option remains to the faithful: Fight back.