Newsletter of the District
- February 2000
vincit, regnat, imperat; ab omni malo plebem suam defendat. Christ
conquers, reigns, commands, may He deliver His people from all evil.”
Pope Sixtus-V had these words engraved on the obelisque erected
in the center of the arms of St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican.
Wonderful words, written in the present, not in the past tense,
to indicate that the triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an eternal
one, constantly an actual one, and that it is through and in the
Blessed Sacrament that it is accomplished.
vincit – Christ conquers. Our Lord has fought, He remains the
Master of the battlefield where He has planted his banner, His dwelling:
the Sacred Host and the Eucharistic Tabernacle. He has conquered
the Old Law and its Temple: there is a tabernacle on Calvary, where
all nations come to adore Him in the Sacred Species. He has conquered
paganism and has chosen for His capital, Rome, the city of the Cesars.
His tabernacle is in the temple of Jupiter, in the Pantheon. He
has conquered the false wisdom of the wise, and before the Divine
Eucharist lifted on the world and radiating its rays to the four
corners of the world, darkness has recessed like the night at the
rising of the sun. Idols have been removed, pagan sacrifices abolished.
The Eucharistic Lord is a conqueror who never stops: He seeks to
submit the whole universe to His sweet scepter, “and thus enter
into the glory of His Father”.
Each time He
takes possession of a country, of a territory, He plants His tent,
His Tabernacle, as a sign of ownership. Where the Holy Eucharist
is brought, there soon or late the Nations convert to Catholicism.
regnat – Christ reigns. He reigns, not on territories, but
on souls. This is done by the Holy Eucharist. Since kings and
rulers exercise their power by their laws, this Eucharistic King
imposes His eucharistic laws to His subjects: “Love one another
as I have loved you. Keep my Commandments”. It is a never
changing law, it is the sign of His disciples, it is the sacrifice
of real love, a sacrificial love. How many rulers of today preside
the destiny of their countrymen out of love? There is but One whose
yoke is not imposed by force, His kingship is the kingship of meekness
itself; His real disciples are devoted to Him to their last drop
imperat – Christ commands. Many times in history have rulers
tried to submit the whole universe to their empire. None ever succeeded.
But God the Father has clearly said to Our Lord Jesus Christ:
“I will give Thee all nations as an inheritance”. And Our Blessed
Lord sends His lieutenants worldwide instructing them that “all
powers is given to Me, in heaven and on earth! Go and teach all
nations!” The Cenacle was His first HQ and still is: all the
angelic armies come at the foot of the Altar to receive their daily
assignments. At the foot of the Altar, everyone is a subject, everyone
must obey, from the Pope, Vicar of Christ, to the simple child.
ab omni malo plebem suam defendat – May Christ defend His people
from all evil. Just as the Angel of Death could not enter the
dwellings marked with the blood of the Pascal Lamb, just as, of
old, there were “cities of refuge”, and, as in the days when Christendom
was accepted, criminals, pursued by the law would seek protection
in a church, near the tabernacle, similarly, by this Precious Blood,
we are protected from the snares and pomps of the evil one. We
are even protected from the Father’s wrath which we have so often
deserved by our “innumerable sins, offenses and negligences”,
as “He is always making intercession for us”.
the nations who no longer have or who have not yet had the Blessed
Sacrament! No doubt also that when the Blessed Sacrament is removed
from a church or a territory, the royal throne is not left unoccupied
very long… Nowadays, how often, as St Peter Julien Eymard rightly
observes, it seems that the devil triumphs and insults Our Blessed
Lord: “I, for one”, says Satan, “give nothing to man, nothing true,
nothing beautiful, nothing good. I have not suffered for him.
And yet, I am loved more, obeyed more and better served than Him.”
Alas, it is only too true! Our coldness and our ingratitude may
be the cause of such triumph of Satan against Our Blessed Lord
Let us make
of Lent this year a true eucharistic season, uniting ourselves to
the Sacrifice of Our Lord, by generous mortifications.
Mother of the Blessed Sacrament help us all to understand better
and to love more fervently the treasure which has been put
in our hands.