The reception of the tonsure, the door to the seven steps
This text is taken from the special
Traditional Communities of Courrier St. Joseph,
published in 1983
and which is updated in the following pages.
The immense disaster at the very center of the Church - intra
Ecclesiam - which we are witnessing again calls to mind the
words of the Psalmist: “If God builds not the house; they labor
in vain those who build it” (Ps. 126). Actually, we see a
will to secularize, to laicize everything: so that all contemplative
and religious are to be useless supernumeraries; those teaching
and caring for the sick will be laymen or laywomen, there will
be no need for brothers or sisters doing it. Priests are to
be considered as ordinary men; they must be laicized; consequently,
vice versa, laymen take over their priestly function. Thus, why
vocations, one might ask, what is the use?
Yet nevertheless, when to God is given His rightful
place, to Our Lord, His Reign, vocations will surge on all sides;
in order to sing God’s praise everywhere, to bring souls to Our
Lord and to His redemptive Sacrifice.
All vocations are in sense missionary vocations.
Our Lord showed this by example at Nazareth, in His public life
then, and on the Cross; let those who are thirsting for God and
Charity choose. Let them go over these pages that follow let
them imitate Our Lord and the Virgin Mary in choosing a family
that will aid them in realizing the divine call.
“Messis quidem multa, operarii autem pauci.
Rogate ergo Dominum messis ut mittat operarios suos - The harvest
is great but the workers few. Pray the Lord of the harvest to
send forth His workers.”
What is necessary then is to pray fervently. For
it is Our Lord Who chooses for Himself His apostles and Who gives
the grace of a vocation. The following pages prove that the Church
cannot perish and that the Holy ghost still animates it today
as He has done so in ages past thanks to the unceasing prayer
of the Mother of Jesus, since the day of Pentecost.
March 7, 1983
+ Marcel Lefebvre