TO THE FAITHFUL
Allow me to
begin this first letter of my new term by thanking you for your
many prayers for our General Chapter. We indeed felt the spiritual
support that you gave to us throughout the whole Chapter, in an
atmosphere that was serene, but at the same time also intense.
I would like
to explain to you some of the fruits of your prayers and of the
First of all
were the elections. The Chapter then decided to entrust to me once
again, and this despite its length, a new term as Superior General.
I come to request of you an increase of prayers in order that, with
this precious help, I might better consecrate myself to the fulfillment
of this task that is at the same time burdensome and magnificent.
also elected two Assistants.
Pfluger, who has two brothers and two nephews as priests with
us, a third being a religious brother, without counting two religious
sisters! He is Swiss, to whom was entrusted the responsibility of
District Superior (in Switzerland and then in Germany) and Seminary
Rector (Zaitzkofen). He has thus acquired a great deal of experience,
both in the formation of priests, and also in the government of
Nély, first of all teacher at the school of Saint Joseph
des Carmes, then Prior in Marseilles, and finally District Superior
in Italy, has also acquired a profound knowledge of youth and of
priests, as well as the government of a district.
The two Assistants
will both reside at Menzingen in Switzerland, where our General
House has been since 1993. They will be invaluable collaborators
for the Society’s good functioning, and will have the opportunity
of traveling throughout the world, thus enabling the General Headquarters
to keep in closer touch with the Society’s members, as well
as with the faithful.
is not just a question of elections. It is also the opportunity
of assessing our situation, of analysing the weaknesses that ought
to be improved, of establishing rules in order that our priests
might always live their priesthood better according to our statutes,
and thereby obtaining more effectively grace and Heaven’s
gifts. We also, quite obviously, considered the state of our relationships
with Rome. Out of a desire for the greatest clarity possible, and
also with the intention of avoiding all false hope and every illusion,
the Chapter unanimously decided to make the declaration that you
will find as an annex.
same lines, the Chapter asks me to communicate to you the following
ambitious project: The Society has the intention of presenting a
spiritual bouquet of a million Rosaries to the Sovereign Pontiff
for the end of the month of October, month of the Rosary.
will be recited for the following intentions:
- To obtain
from Heaven for Pope Benedict XVI the strength required to completely
free up the Mass of all time, called the Tridentine Mass.
- For the
return of the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
- For the
triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We are calling
you, therefore, to a true Crusade of the Rosary. This prayer has
been so many times recommended by the Most Blessed Virgin Mary herself,
and has been presented as the great means of support, of protection
and of salvation for today’s Catholics in this time of crisis.
For centuries, since the opposition between the world and the Church
has become more and more clearly apparent, this prayer has appeared
as the weapon given by Heaven for us to defend ourselves, to sanctify
ourselves, and to vanquish.
request urgently that you begin without delay to bud forth the spiritual
roses for our bouquet. Shortly, the priests will give you the directions
required to put together this treasure.
By this obviously
symbolic quantity, we desire also to make it clear to the authorities
in Rome, as well as to Heaven, that we have the will and the determination
“to pay the price”.
that our good Mother in Heaven will hear the assiduous prayer of
her children, and that she cannot but be touched by the harshness
of the present time, as well as the spiritual misery that surrounds
us, and that sooner or later she will hear our prayer and respond
to our cry, we have entrusted all the Chapter’s decisions
to the motherly kindness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to
the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in order that He might
bless them, and make them more efficacious for the greater glory
of God and for the salvation of us all.
prole pia benedicat Virgo Maria*.
July 16, 2006
On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
* May the tender
Virgin Mary deign to bless us with her Child.