Dear Viva Cristo Rey,
I read your posts above, and was wondering if you wouldn't mind telling me the whole story...
The reason that I ask is that I have had a desire/calling to join the Third Order of the Franciscans....but would only want to join THE REAL one, not the rubbish that the Novus Disordo version!
My best friend forwarded the link to the SSPX Franciscan Third Order... That is why I would like to hear your story! :)
I know what you mean about the SSPX sometimes... During my whole conversion, it was the general consensus that I was not really a convert, but a Novus Disordo plant!!! (Sigh!!). I still pray for those misguided souls that tried to make my life miserable...
Thank you for reading this!! :reading:
We are "Catholic". I have learned so much about the Faith from SSpx and our former independent chapel. Yes, I was born and raised in the novus ordo but I did learn some things about the Faith and was introduced to the Latin Mass, angels , saint etc. Left corrupted diocese under liberal bishop.
At independent chapel, I too had a calling to the Franciscan third Order. I did take my name and scapular, praying the Crown and was attendng meetings and researching. After our beloved bishop had to leave because of illness, the lay people especially the sedevacantists were causing drama. I was overwhelmed. I decided to take a break from the Third Order. So, a friend suggested that we visit the sspx chapel and to go to a high Mass where it was done reverently. Then we have been going ever since. However, within the SSpx there is trouble among the hierarchy. They have been mistreating other priests and ousted bishop and priests who did not agree with merging to Novus Ordo and accepting Vatican II and its "Mass and sacraments."
After Mass, saw letter about SSPX Third Order and was excited and then saw that it was advised to stay away from Third Order in Canada especially a certain brother. IT lacked Christian Charity and upset me. I was upset at the hierarchy not my local sspx chapel or pastor.
Yes, even my friends from novus ordo and even a NO called me schismatic, heretic. Then I have been called worse by a novus ordo priest who would lie to the people about church closings.
At our sspx chapel the people and priests have been really kind. I have learned so much. I am now reading books about the Faith. I'm not a sedevacantist but I don't want to merge with novus ordo and lose my soul. We left the novus ordo because we were losing our religion and our souls.
I advise you if you have a calling to look into the sspx Third Order Franciscans. and see if it is for you. It is something you have to pray about.