As so often is the case in these apocalyptic times, we Catholics tend toward the somber—and as is often the case for very good reason! But sometimes—even during the End Times—it is vitally important to our spiritual health to laugh, because, as Easter teaches us, Christ wins in the end. This momentary gloom will pass, and there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth, and the devils and their kin will be chained in the infernal abyss for all eternity.
I say we must laugh, not because it is necessary to our salvation, but rather because it is evidence of the hope we have of our salvation. The hopeful man is never glum, never gloomy; he’s giddy like a kid. Hope is the theological virtue of the child, without which no man can expect to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. If we allow ourselves to be weighed down by the evil we see or think we see (say in Freemason plots to undermine papal rule through supposedly scandalous Marian apparitions), then it is very likely we will slowly fail in the exercise of the theological virtues, and tend toward spiritual dejection, if not outright despair, disbelief and hate.
How, then, do ordinary Catholics survive these days of evil? How do we keep our Faith, our Charity, and our Hope? Hold fast to your prayer life at home: pray the rosary, pray St. John’s mass, pray whatever other devotion you may have, but keep praying! Enrich yourself with spiritual reading, and study your catechism with your family. Do all the things good, faithful Catholics have ever done down through the ages. And after you’ve done that, have some fun!
There’s no reason why the reign of the Antichrist should be cause for despondency. Levity has always been the mark of the Christian, even when they were being fed to the bears or grilled like hamburger patties on the gridiron. The saintly martyrs’ mirth should make each of us blush with a profound shame, shame for not smiling more, for not thumbing our nose at Satan more, for not ridiculing and laughing evil to scorn more. We take the enemy too seriously, as if he had any power over us, as if our God did not stand behind us in this fight. And, though we must always be careful not to presume upon our own will—as all is grace—and guard against spiritual presumption, which is contrary to hope, we must nevertheless strive with our will to work out our salvation, in fear and trembling, yes, but also in merriment.
To that end, I would like to share another home video with you all, called “Robin Hood: The Persistent Beggar.” It is just one way my family keeps our faith through having fun. It is especially important to have fun with the faith when you have a family. If you raise your children with all fasts and no feasts, with only somber prayers and penances (again, so necessary in themselves!) and no festivity, then your children will grow up and see all the “fun” other people are having who are not Catholic, and most probably defect from the gloomy Catholic faith of their father.