What you have posted above does not sound like Ignatius at all. While I definitely don't aprove of his schismatic actions, his posters, for years now, appear to be very genuine. He sounds like a man who is truely struggling and does not always know quite where he belongs. The situation in which he finds himself is a very difficult one and I don't envy him. I truely believe that he is trying his best to serve the Lord in the best way he knows how. It may be the wrong decision, but I do believe he is genuine about it. Rather than verbally attacking him, why not show him some love and pray for him. If you had been kinder to him, perhaps that example would have been the very thing that would have kept him in the Ark of Salvation. Just some things to think about.
No, No, No... my actions are nobodies fault except my own and those of my Priests, seriously. Saturday at Confession was kinda like the straw that broke the camels back. Far more Orthodox here slamming sincere Catholics trying to work out their salvation in fear and trembling has served more to drawing me to defense them but I honestly can't defend the Catholic Church in America, especially in my neck fo the woods. It is absolutely anti-Catholic Catechism, anti-moral code, pro-license.
That said we really should get this thread back on target.
What does 'you' Church encourage you to do as a spiritual/ascetic discipline? I've honestly never saw a Catholic praying the rosary at my parish, except during the RCIA session on the Rosary.
I am sorry that you have had such bad experience. Lucky for all of us, we know that no matter what our experience, the Lord loves and wants to divnize us.
As for my Parish, we are encouraged to fast and pray. The Rosary is a very important part of our parish life and it is prayed everday before daily mass while people are in line for confession. In fact, my parish offers confession twice every weekday, and three times on Saturday. For every single session of confession, there is a line and you have to be sure to be there early so that you get confession before mass since there are so many confessors. On Sundays we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and I can't even count all of the people who have made the liturgy of the ours part of their spiritual lives. We have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament twenty four hours a day. During the Advent season, we have a novena leading up to Christmas with Mass, Confession, and Benediction. During the weeks leading up to Easter we have the Stations of the Cross every Friday with confession, Mass, and Benediction. The priests never give silly penances like "Love the Lord". Instead we are asked to make a Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament or pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, etc. The adult education courses at my parish are unmatched, and our youth ministry is moving towards a more and more traditional empahsis of the faith. Its a beautiful place and the parishes in my little suburb just north of Albuquerque are the same way. Writting this out just gives me a real peace, and I feel so genuinely greatful that the Lord has given me such a wonderful parish.
I feel you have been robbed in a sense by the parishes you have attended. I agree that in many places in the United States Catholicism is in a great crisis, not very different from the Arian Crisis. This time it is the modernist crisis and because of this, many have not experienced the deep fruits of the Catholic faith. That being said, I have a great parish and I will remain in communion with Sts. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, John Viani, Thomas Aquinas, Therse the Little Flower, Francis of Asisi, Dominic, Padre Pio, Claire, Catherine of Siena, and the countless others in the Holy Cloud of Witnesses. I cannot deny their sanctity and I don't believe such sanctity would be possible if they were worshiping bread and not the living Lord.
That all being said, I will always keep you in my prayers and I wish you the best in your journey to server our common Lord and Savior.