Thinking it over.
Today I read, there are fewer converts this year and then read God will always give vocations. Living in hope, I trust the converts this year will be of the kind that really want to be Orthodox Catholics, although I know this is very unlikely with the standard of teaching allowed. A blog or two ago I wrote like knows like, in explanation, it works both ways for those with an indwelling of the Holy Spirit, yes it also means those without an indwelling huddle together for protection against true Truth. If I am wrong why do some of them get so agitated when challenged? Many, the Majority of Bishops and Chancery offices are selecting teachers of the faith like themselves in their spiritual beliefs. To believe this we have only to look at the debased coinage of the priesthood and ask hwose coin is this and to whom should it be given?
These teachers are only a step or two removed from the schism or heresy they once practiced and often put a slight bent of orthodoxy to their ideas of what constitutes Catholicism. Why do I say "Like themselves" consider it in this manner as long as the authorities like those who pat them and pat themselves on their collective backs, teach opinions rather than dogmatic facts, uphold social justice in this world at the expense of true Catholic Dogma we receive into the Church, ersatz faithful who could just as easy be protestant or lutheran as be Papal Catholics. The local Parish started off this period with many would be converts, last session they were down to five. The older Catholics invited by the priest to attend left some saying, "If I go anymore I would lose my faith". That means from experienced Catholics, nurtured by years in the Church, putting up with unformed priests, hearing and given Readers Digest homilies and penances, want no more nonsense. Am, I right? if not why do you priests not circulate a questionnaire asking the easiest questions those of our faith should know. You won't , or can't or if you do it will be to aggrandize your ego, to say look at me I am so good and my teaching is so relevant to true dogma, I am a true shepherd. As the scriptures say, "I wiggle my beard at you" and beat my breast saying "Lord have mercy"
The question of vocations in the west is amusing. Do you really think in the West there is truly a need for vocations? Does God when He sees how busy priests are with His works(???) really see a need? God, when He sees the priests are overworked, will provide priestly vocations. Otherwise we will take the extras from Africa and Asia. Right now phlegm is rising, blood pressure is shooting up, faces are turning purple and the question is spewing out. "What does he mean priest are not busy. How dare he?". Of course I dare and I dare any priest to sit down and list how much time he spends on the administering and teaching the Sacraments especially the most important of them all, "the forgiveness of sins", that is the Sacrament of penance and Reconciliation. Write down how much he spends in meetings on social justice instead of visiting homes, or sick and dying. How many times he has sent "extra to the ordinary Eucharistic minister" this is himself, to the Hospitals deliberately giving our Lord Jesus Christ to the sick. Never going himself to check on the disposition of people he's never seen. Poorly explained on my part, but you know the meaning. I have visited one priest and how angry he got when I turned of his TV golf game at midday, to ask him to visit a woman in hospital who had passed out the day before at the morning mass and was dying of bowel cancer. He did not know, how sick she was. Tell you what Fathers, grit your teeth, get mad at me and make a vow, "I'll show him", and get out there and search for your lost sheep. Then by your example and God's pity for your tiredness from doing what you are supposed to do, good young men will react and readily accept God's call for him to be Him for all. Vacations will rise.