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Dom Prosper Gueranger the Optimist

Canisius | 03 May, 2006 19:38

Those of us who know and love Dom Prosper Gueranger are aware that, even back in the 19th century, he was already bewailing the lost ages of faith. He's always talking about how things were back in the day, and how far Christendom has fallen, how weak the Church is, how weak the faith of the laity, etc., etc., and so on.

So it really jumped off the page when at VIII,403 he described the Arian crisis in these words:

Never did our holy faith go through a greater ordeal than in the sad times immediately following the peace of the Church, when the bark of Peter had to pass through the most furious storm that hell has, so far, let loose against her.

So there you have it. Dom Gueranger does not think that he is living in the worst times ever. St. Athanasius had that priviledge!

There is an odd comfort in that thought. I would never wish the Arian crisis on anyone, but it is comforting nonetheless to look back and think that the Church looked even closer to collapsing then than it does now, and what came of it? Glorious councils, famous Church fathers, and a comforting thought for future generations who long for the good old days.


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