Volume 3, Chapter
13 April 1980
Dear Friends and Benefactors:
Today, at the novitiate of the Sisters of the Society of St. Pius
X in St. Michel-en-Brenne, eight postulants took the habit and four
novices made their profession. Next year eleven novices will make
profession. One would have to be frankly prejudiced not to recognize
the fervor and profound faith of this community, as well as its
radiant joy, so clearly the work of the Holy Ghost. Here one is
indeed far from Pentecostalism or the charismatic movement, but
simply in line with the great tradition of the religious life in
the Catholic Church.
What is important in the Church today, as yesterday, and tomorrow,
is to live from faith, so as to live from grace and thus prepare
oneself for eternal life. St. John, in his first epistle tells us,
in today's Mass, "He who was born of God has vanquished the
world, and the victory which has vanquished the world is our faith.
Who indeed has vanquished the world if not he who believes that
Jesus is the Son of God.”
If the above is the resume and substance of our faith, then we
must honor Jesus as God in all our Christian life, and thus, as
the Church has always taught and practised, we must refuse to make
Jesus equivalent to the founders of false religions, which would
be blasphemous. We must refuse to compromise with those who deny
the divinity of Our Lord, or with any false ecumenism. We must fight
against atheism and laicism in order to help Our Lord to reign over
families and over society. We must protect the worship of the Church,
the Sacrifice of the Mass, and the sacraments instituted by Our
Lord, practicing them according to the rites honored by twenty centuries
of tradition. Thus we will properly honor Our Lord, and thus be
assured of receiving His grace.
It is because the novelties which have invaded the Church since
the Council diminish the adoration and the honor due to Our Lord,
and implicitly throw doubt upon His divinity, that we refuse them.
These novelties do not come from the Holy Ghost, nor from His Church,
but from those who are imbued with the spirit of Modernism, and
with all the errors which convey this spirit, condemned with so
much courage and energy by St. Pius X. This holy Pope said to the
bishops of France with regard to the Sillon movement: "The
true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries nor innovators,
but the men of tradition.”
If only the innovators of the Council and those since it would
understand this language which is, after all, that of the Church
since the time of St. Paul.
One cannot hope for a real renovation of the Church without a return
to Tradition. The Church cannot content herself with doubtful sacraments
nor with ambiguous teaching. Those who have introduced these doubts
and this ambiguity are not disciples of the Church. Whatever their
intentions may have been, they in fact worked against the Church.
The disastrous results of their industry exceed the worst examinings,
and are not lessened by the apparent exceptions of a few regions.
When Luther introduced the vernacular into the liturgy, the crowds
rushed into the churches. But later?
It is consoling to note that in the Catholic world, the sense of
faith of the faithful rejects these novelties and attaches itself
to Tradition. It is from this that the true renewal of the Church
will come. And it is because these novelties were introduced by
a clergy infected with Modernism, that the most urgent and necessary
work in the Church is the formation of a profoundly Catholic clergy.
We give ourselves to this work with all our heart, aided henceforth
by our eighty young priests, and encouraged by the presence of our
two hundred and ten major seminarians. The countries of South and
Central America give us hope.
The Church was saved from Arianism. She will be saved as well from
Modernism. Our Lord will triumph, even when, humanly speaking, all
seems lost. His ways are not our ways. Would we have chosen the
Cross to triumph over Satan, the world and sin?
Our forty houses throughout the world demonstrate that God can bring
much out of nothing. God wills to make use of us. He makes use of
you, as well, dear friends and benefactors. May God bless you and
keep you in His love and peace.
Low Sunday (13 April) 1980
Courtesy of the Angelus
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