35. Towards the Worldwide Catholic Renaissance
The Church is everything that is divine in the world. All that is found to be divine in the world comes invisibly from her and already belongs to her. Christendom, which is the temporal extension of the Church, is God’s holy work in history. The incomparable past of Christian feats is the miraculous sign of the universal and eternal Covenant sealed by Christ with His Father on behalf of men for the world’s salvation. Anything that claims to supplement this is useless and uncertain or, more probably, satanic.
The Phalangist, having shaken off the errors of our times, finds in the Church and in Christendom the happiness of paradise lost and regained, a foretaste of eternal life ; it is the beginning of the Kingdom of God, whose completion is in Heaven.
1. Christendom’s past serves us as a model and a rule. For it is there that God has done what He willed and what the future cannot substantially change, but only try to perfect. Whoever fails to see its beauty, goodness and truth scorns God, ignores Jesus Christ, cuts himself off from the Church and betrays Christendom. It is there that the Phalangist finds his roots ; he is moved by its long history and its great labours ; he gathers up its teachings and loves to save its least traces.
2. Its present shows us men, peoples, cultures, traditions and values, all very diverse, which the Phalangist appreciates according to the supreme criterion of their fidelity to the divine-human heritage of Christ and the Church, and according to the degree of their Christian impregnation and vitality. He loves them and helps them that much more if God, Christ and His Blessed Mother are honoured among them, better evidenced, more generously served and closely imitated.
3. The future must derive from this cult of the past and these present affinities. There is no question for the Phalangist but to continue with this divine action, even if it means deploring the errors and weaknesses of men who have obscured the holiness and slowed down the growth of Christendom. On the other hand, he will not be troubled or scandalised by the humiliations, betrayals and persecutions which God has permitted throughout history in order that the Church and her saints may be configured to the sorrowful mysteries of Christ and His Blessed Mother.
In the same vein, faithful to the traditions, the Phalangist hopes nevertheless to see with his own eyes the wonders foretold by so many prophecies : the universal triumph of the Church, the extension of Christendom to every nation, and the reign of Christ on earth.