emeritus of Tulle, Founder
of the Society of St. Pius X
Ecône, 25th January 1987
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
was in the past an excellent custom that the Diocesan Bishop send
a letter to all his faithful for the forthcoming Lent.
as the Epistle of the First Sunday of Lent says: "Brothers,
we do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain...
behold now is the acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation."
(11 Cor. VI 1 sqq).
very dear faithful, read again and again the notes in your old missals
which explain the time of Lent. They will remind you of the origin
and signification of these forty days of prayer and fasting, which
prepare us for Holy Week, for the great mystery of the Cross in
order to arrive at the Resurrection.
Church wants to lead us into the practice of a more perfect Christian
life. She gives us the example of Christ and by true fasting and
penance unites us to His sufferings in order to give us a share
in His redemption.
along these forty holy days, She reminds us that we are sinners,
tempted by "the concupiscence of the flesh and the concupiscence
of the eyes and the pride of life" (1 Jn II 16), and
She puts on our lips these moving supplications: "Lord, repay
us not according to our sins, chastise us not according to our iniquities...
Let Thy Mercies speedily prevent us"! (Tract of Ash Wednesday).
are you, dear faithful, who have kept the spirit of Faith, and who
prepare yourselves for this period of prayer and penance with devotion,
convinced that you will sanctify yourselves by a more frequent assistance
at Holy Mass, by frequent Communion, by the sacrament of Penance,
by fasting and abstinence, by alms, by a more fervent practice of
the Christian virtues of humility, meekness, patience, gentleness,
mercy; and if possible by a holy retreat, which will help you to
detach yourself more and more from sin and from all attachment to
this world, to find the intimacy of the love of Jesus and Mary and
thus to transform your life.
in order to believe in this revivifying of grace in your souls one
must have not only faith but the spirit of faith, i.e. a
living faith animated by the Holy Ghost who leads our souls in the
ways of perfection, in a greater and greater charity towards God
and our neighbor.
we notice that the spirit of Faith, believing in and living of the
baptismal grace, has disappeared even in the highest levels of the
hierarchy. The principles that lead and direct the spirit of the
Pope and of the Bishops are no longer. the true principles of faith
but the false principles of human reason, as those who are at the
origin of the Protestant liberalism, of modernism, of Americanism,
of Sillonism, principles which have all been condemned by the Council
of Trent and by all the Popes until Pope Pius XII included.
last Popes have departed from the heritage of twenty centuries of
the Church to make themselves the heirs of the Liberals and Modernists.
All what they say or do is but the echo of what was said and done
by those who for the last four centuries have been imbued with these
false principles. (the meeting of) Assisi is the clearest fruit
of this liberal Catholicism condemned by all the Popes before Vatican
we find ourselves in front of an ecclesiastical world fully incoherent,
illogical, searching for compromises between truth and error, between
good and evil, between light and darkness, God and Belial.
shaking of faith truly seems to prepare for the coming of the Antichrist
according to the predictions of St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians
and the commentaries of the Fathers of the Church.
Our Lord describes the end of times and after Him the Apostles in
their letters, they speak to those who shall remain faithful saying:
vigilate, vigilate - watch and be ready! "Thus Brothers, St.
Paul says, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned."(II
Thess II 14)
the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, St. Peter says in his
2nd Epistle, in which the heavens shall pass with great violence...
and the earth shall be burnt up (...) Wherefore, dearly beloved,
waiting for these things, be diligent that you may be found before
Him unspotted and blameless in peace." (II Pet III 10-14).
our prayers and fasts be for us a source of sanctification and a
supplication for the return of the shepherds to the truth of the
Traditional Magisterium of the Church, for the honor our Lord, for
His universal reign and for the reign of Mary, His Holy Mother.