|From the movie "Babette's Feast"|
Editor's Note: I got the idea and the historical background for this post from reading Dr. Marian Horvat's "The First Thanksgivings Were Catholic."
If you, like I, really detest the whole Puritan/Pilgrim party that is foisted on us every November, right when Catholics should be preparing for Advent and Christmas, your chance to fight back with a holiday that is truly meaningful is coming up: Saturday, April 30. That's the day the second Thanksgiving was celebrated, in Texas, with Holy Mass and a great feast. Even better, according to "The First Thanksgivings Were Catholic," after the Mass, the expedition leader, "Don Juan de Oñate, took formal possession of the new land, called New Mexico, in the name of the Heavenly Lord, God Almighty, and the earthly lord King Philip II."
Now that's more like it!
May Catholic men rise up in the spirit of Don Juan de Oñate and renew the effort that Catholic missionaries began so valiantly long ago, establishing outposts of the True Faith in the midst of our pagan land. Why waste time worrying over which narcissist will be the next president of the United States? It's just another distraction at this point. Plus, should Catholics aspire to getting back to America's Masonic roots and its godless Constitution as "conservatives" propose?
No, we must build from a solid foundation; we must establish a Catholic order, replacing Lady Liberty with Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it is not going to happen with anyone who is "electable" in the present system.
The first priority is establishing the Social Reign of Christ the King in our homes and in our communities. That will provide the rich soil from which the seeds of good government may burst forth and flower. Catholic mothers, with Rosary in hand, must form Catholic citizens. And it can start with simple things like celebrating Catholic Thanksgiving on April 30 and again on September 8, the day on which we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a month rich with Marian feasts, when the real first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in Florida by Spanish Catholics.
And by all means invite your non-Catholic friends.
I highly recommend watching Babette's Feast. It seems the perfect artistic representation of the difference between celebrating Protestant Thanksgiving and Catholic Thanksgiving, and not only that, it is a truly beautiful movie that will uplift and inspire you and increase your sensus Catholicus.