Newsletter of the District
- September 1998
to the Faithful
from the District Superior of Asia
of St Pius X
vita hominis super terram – the life of man upon earth is a warfare”,
said a venerable old soldier, saint Job (VII, 1). It is so true
that we, Catholics who struggle to save our souls and the souls
of others, are members of what has been called since immemorial
time the Militant Church. It is so true that Our Blessed Lord Himself
has instituted a special sacrament which explicitly “makes us
soldiers of Christ and perfect Christians”.
we be surprised then that if we insist on clinging to the Apostolic
faith, we do become, like a famous Child, “a sign which will
be contradicted” (Lk.. II, 34)? Blessed are we! Yes, a sign
that we are doing right is the rage of the devil and of his agents.
“Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake!”
(Mt.5, 10). “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute
you. The servant is not greater than his Lord” (Jo. XV, 20).
Many spiritual authors assign persecution for justice’ sake as the
5th mark of the True Church. “Be glad and rejoice,
for your reward is very great in Heaven!” (Mt.5,12)
sign of contradiction? The Traditional Mass is surely one. It
disturbs the false peace of the modernists, their illusory, utopic
and false ecumenism, it annoys them. Excellent! St Ignatius in
his famous Rules for the Discernment of spirits would describe that
as the role of the good spirit (Rule #314).
the last two months, our Society of St Pius X has become a main
topic of discussion and of attacks in two dioceses of the Philippines:
Tagbilaran and Cebu. This shows that although our numbers need
not scare anyone, the truth we preach, the Sacrifice we offer on
our altars, can and do shake the very heart of hell. The number
of faithful disciples present at Calvary was minimal, a mere handful.
Nevertheless, they had with them, “the Way, the Truth, the Life”.
And hell lost. “This is the victory which overcometh the world,
our faith” (I Jo. V,4).
medieval times, crusades were launched for the reconquest of the
Holy Land, to stop the Moorish invasions, the spreading of the Empire
of the Croissant. These crusades were a temporary effort gathering
the forces of Christendom for a few months, sometimes a few years,
at a time. They were not a permanent institution. Soldiers, knights,
volunteered some of their time and then went back home. Something
else became necessary in this ongoing fight against darkness. This
brought about the institution of the Orders of Chivalry. Their
rule was written by no less than a Saint Bernard. These military
Orders had the same marks as any Church institution: they were excellent
(holy), perennial (good for all time), they received a specific
mission from the Church and assured its members of special graces.
mention this because a similar situation is found now in the Philippines.
Since our implantation in 1992, various efforts have been made to
reach the goal of our Society: the revival of Catholic Tradition.
These efforts have been the opening of many Mass Centers, the visit
to a number of other groups scattered throughout these islands,
the recruitment of vocations, camps, retreats, pilgrimages, also
events, like Agoo, not to forget the campaign of consecrations to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We can only thank God for all these
blessings. Many of them, though, were like the crusades, they were
a once-off activity with little or no follow-up.
is why we have come to a stage where we need to tighten our organization,
our ranks. Not everyone is enlisted in this fight, and those who
are could be better organized. The last few months have witnessed
a number of efforts – so far quite encouraging – in the right direction.
For the youth, aged 17 – 30, an apostolic league, the Apostles
of Mary, has been founded. Four clans are in operation at present:
Cebu, Bohol, Marbel, General Santos. Almost simultaneously, we
have seen the Legion of Mary opening its praesidia in, Marbel
and General Santos, Manila and Iloilo. The Legion enrolls anyone
over 18 who is generous and willing to exercise a lot of self-discipline
for the good cause. The fruits are well worth all these efforts.
For the younger boys, the Archconfraternity of St Stephen,
under the vigilant eyes of our Cristeros, is being put into
place in Manila. May it draw many more youngsters nearer the altar,
and, hopefully, nearer the seminary too!
for all our men, we are now starting in the District of Asia, the
Order of the Knights of Our Lady, an Order founded in France
in 1945, resurrected in 1989 and now already operating in France,
Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America. In the
spirit of the 1129 A.D. Rule written by St Bernard, these knights
will, after a few months of formation, use all their skills and
talents to “restore all things in Christ”, especially by operating
at the social level, for the Social Kingship of Christ. This Order
of the Knights of Our Lady has been very closely tied with Archbishop
Lefebvre as far back as the late 1960’s. Three of the five laymen
who bought Econe in 1968 were knights of Our Lady. To give a little
taste of this Order, here are the first words of its opening Prologue:
you who are about to read this Rule, detach your mind for a moment
from earthly care and fix your attention upon the mystery of God.
It is in a divine perspective that you are invited to choose a new
way of life, whose characteristic is total fidelity to Our Lord.
For this little book concerns not only your intelligence, but also
your will, your body, and your actions. If you accept the way of
life which it proposes, you will have to become a new man, a knight
ready to fight hard battles for the honor of God, and determined
to build a Christian world in harmony with the divine plan. If
you fear the effort and seek only peace of mind, if you can stand
by and accept the reign of mediocrity, hypocrisy and vice, this
book is not for you: close it and remain in your false peace. If
not, then recollect yourself and listen.”
Knights of Our Lady are starting in Manila, Iloilo and Tagbilaran.
The Master of the Order, who has just spent a week in our ranks,
will be back, Deo volente, after Christmas to give our postulant
knights some formation sessions.
August came to a close, so did also the changes in our priestly
community. Fr. Vicente Griego has now taken the driver’s seat at
Our Lady of Victories Church. Father replaces Fr. M. McMahon, now
at work in England. Father Marc Vernoy, after a year of hard work,
has landed back in France to take the responsibility of the Society’s
priory in Lourdes. His replacement, Fr. Fabrice Loschi, with his
3 years of experience as prefect of discipline in one of our French
boys’ school, has been assigned rector of our pre-seminary. Of
course, we can’t forget to mention our dear newly ordained Filipino,
Fr. Soliman, who, after some weeks of rest (?) following his ordination,
is now discovering the joys of the priestly ministry.
as a last bit of news, St Joseph, in his continual protection and
care, has located for our four Dominican Sisters a little convent,
a mere “decade’ away from our church. A few more days of carpentry,
masonry and plumbing will make of this little house a very decent
convent. Of course, it is only rented, as the real estate in this
part of Manila, is sky high. Thus, in order to come to their help
with the rental fees and sundry expenses (and merit a share in their
fervent prayers!), from the first Sunday in September, on the first
Sunday of every month, we will have a second collection for them
in the form of envelopes to be picked up as you enter the church
and to be given to the Sisters as you leave. On the third Sunday,
we will do the same for our pre-seminarians and their pre-seminary.
This is for Manila obviously. Readers residing outside Manila may
forward their contribution to us with the appropriate mention.
Our Blessed Mother shower you all with an abundance of graces at
the occasion of her many feast days occurring during this month!
God bless you all.