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Special Letter
Great News!
Deo Gratias
As of July 1, 2007
Final amount received: US$ 237,000 !

February 2nd, 2007
Feast of the Presentation in the temple

Dear Friends and Benefactors of the Asian Missions of the SSPX,

Your prayers for our Missions are being answered in a surprising way:

Two new and very generous benefactors, who have already proven their loyalty to the Society’s apostolate elsewhere, moved by divine grace, are now determined to help us financially in our endeavors to save souls and to spread Catholic Tradition in this huge Asian continent, and particularly here in Singapore, where for years we have been trying to find a suitable property for a proper church worthy of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

I quote now from one benefactor's letter to me, ‘Guided by the saintly Abp. Lefebvre,  SSPX is restoring authentic Catholicism around the world and developing Soldiers for Christ; therefore it is a privilege, nay an obligation! for each of us to strain one's financial resources in support of this most worthy of causes!’

Their pledge: they will match – dollar for dollar
All contributions (cash, stock or bonds, etc.)
Up to the sum of US $ 100,000

Deo gratias! What a sign from Divine Providence! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will allow us to reach the amount needed for an eventual down payment — in the event of a purchase, which will be in the 3-4 million dollar range at least —, or for a complete restoration — in case of a long lease such as 20-30 years whenever the right property comes up for sale or lease. (Note: to find the right place in Singapore is extremely difficult and costly, as it is a small and very expensive island.)

Now, we need you, dear Friends, to really extend yourselves.  The deadline for this offer is July 1st, 2007, feast of the Precious Blood of Our Blessed Lord.

We really need to push and get our US $ 100,000 so they will match it. 

Any SGD check, for Singaporeans, must be made to The Friends of the International Priestly Society of St Pius X, for all other currencies, make them to Society of St Pius X. Checks to be sent to our address above.  There is also a possibility of wire transfers, bank to bank, for which we will give details on request.

Get the word out! Let us storm heaven!  Our Lady of the Missions, pray for us! St Pius X, pray for us!

For the greater glory of God, in the service of Christ the King and of His Immaculate Mother,

Fr. Daniel Couture
District Superior

 

February 23, 2005
Singapore


Dear Friends and Benefactors of SSPX ASIA,

We are arriving at the second post-tsunami month , and it is surely time to update you on the situation and the latest relief efforts done on our part.

Sri Lanka

We have now two instances of our own on the difficulties entailed in helping these brave people. We have made a bank to bank transfer to help Fr. Rozairo make the downpayment on the 2 acres he is intent in buying. 3 weeks after the transfer, the money had not yet arrived! We are now going to trace it through our bank manager in the US. The 2 acres plot should have been surveyed this week and the owner, who lives in India, should come before the end of the month to sign the document. With the continued flow of donations, we should now be in a measure to cover more than half of the purchase of the property for the 129 families. Fr. Rozairo managed to bring the cost down to around US$180,000 from the original US$300,000 asking price! The government has also increased the food rations for the 129 families in the camp.

Another instance of greed: a very generous benefactor has sent us 4 containers of medical supplies from the USA. They arrived safely in Colombo and we were asked to only pay US$56,000 to clear custom!! I can understand the other organisation which face a similar situation and which simply took off and went to Indonesia instead! But we can't do that. So, we are solving the awkward problematics using the good services of the Archbishop of Colombo who is aware of our involvement in the Negombo Refugee Camp.

A team of Korean doctors, including one of our own faithful from Seoul, came and spend a whole week in Sri Lanka, including one day in the Camp in Negombo. Hopefully there will be some medical follow-up to their visit.

Fr. Rozairo visited some of his faithful on the East Coast a few weeks ago. 33 families were still without shelter and aid of any sort more than a month after the tragedy. We have enquired on the possibilities of helping them and within a few days we will buy them 28 fishing nets with which they will each be entitled to receive a fishing boat.

India

Part 1 -- Tsunami Report from a letter of Fr. Blute, January 31, 2005

Dear Father Couture,

The 'twelve apostles' (12 faithful) are daily visiting villages along the affected seacoast area. On the first day, they discovered that giving aid is trickier than it sounds. In one village of 600 people, The people would not accept help for just some of their members... incredible persecutions and jealousies would arise if only some folks got help. At present, the people want to appear as destitute as possible, because the government is going to distribute aid proportioned to their needs, so if they already have nets and a boat, they will get less money... and if we rebuild their house, they won't get any money from the Government for it. Even one man, whose house was only slightly damaged, is demolishing it so that when the inspectors arrive, they will give more money. In a first experience, our men were astonished that villagers whose names were not taken (because they did not suffer any loss) became angry, insulting, pugnacious. To satisfy them, they wrote down all their names, and ran away from the place.

Now they go strictly according to my advice, given at first: they dress poorly, and mix with the people secretly, discovering who is really in need. They tell the person one-on-one, "What I'm going to tell you, you have to keep secret. If you tell others, then all aid will stop". After they promise secrecy, we open the coffers. It seems to work okay. Not all the people are obstructive and conniving... there are plenty of hardworking people who cooperate with their neighbors, receive aid with gratitude, and even refuse to take more aid than is strictly necessary, saying "enough, enough".

The people are fully supplied with rice, some pots, and household necessities. So we find out from them what else they need, and if it is reasonable, we give all we can, with a general limit of 10,000 rupees (US$240) per person limit, unless they are in dire need, or have a special claim to our charity, like our own parishioners, widows, and large families.

In the first week of distribution, the 12 Apostles bought 3 country boats, and nets for several dozen fishermen. A sewing machine, with cloth and thread, was provided to a woman to help her make a gainful living. Since most of the Apostles are fishermen themselves, they know just what the men need: they have bought sailcloth, hooks, nets, anchors, repair parts, logs (the country boats are simply four big balsawood logs lashed together and caulked, and shaped.) for repairing the boats, etc. We provided vessels for fishwives to carry the fish to market, 30 number. We paid the hospital bills for some injured persons, bought clothes for a family of 8 children, who lost everything...

Also, we have begun the purchase of land near the sea for relocating those persons displaced by the waves. The government will no longer allow people to live within 500 meters of the sea, and they will not give money for building homes without property. The government will be distributing plots of land, eventually, but most expect this will take years, and they need a place now.

This week, we place an order for 10 boats and nets.

As the Apostles become more familiar with the region, they are able quickly to discover the authentic needy people, and bring them material aid.

We also distribute to all a holy card of Our Lady Help of Christians, and encourage people to pray. The Apostles, who have been selected from our Traditional men, were selected because of their deep piety and zeal for the Faith. Thus, they are conducting themselves in a truly supernatural spirit: morning prayers, meals in common, holy Rosary recited while travelling from place to place, and of course, entrusting the whole work to Our Lady, Help of christians.

Part 2 -- Another letter from Fr. Blute, Feb. 15, 2005

Dear Father Couture,

I suggested in my last e-mail that with your permission we could set up a fiberglass boat making factory, and give the boats away to victims of the tsunami so they could set their nets and support their families. With a little research, I have been firmly convinced that not only is this a good project, but it will be much much easier than I ever thought. You see, one of our faithful in Trichy is actually working for a company making fiberglass boxes and things. She put me in touch with a company in Coimbatore, which makes and sells the raw materials. Their company is currently making 100 fiber boats, also for an aid organization. They also did this kind of work after the terrible Super-Cyclone of 1996, in Andra Pradesh. So they are sending me a complete dossier on "how to". Furthermore, they are willing to accept 4 to 6 men from our group (unemployed "Apostles"), into their Coimbatore factory for hands-on experience, during which they will receive room, board, and wages. (4 weeks) Also, their representative, has an experienced "mold-maker" on hand, whom he will send to Palayamkottai, and if we pay his wages, he will supervise the set-up of the workshop, and train another crew of 4 in how to make the molds themselves. He is available immediately, so there is no loss of time. Finding a factory building for rent here is a snap, so by Monday we can begin calling our men together.

The idea of all this is that "why should we pay other people to do what we can do ourselves'. We can distribute the finished products for a greatly reduced amount, and calculate carefully how much "aid" is being distributed ("aid" being calculated as the amount of 'free" boats get from our hands to the sands.) I am putting this endeavor under the patronage of St. Joseph, and anyone who comes to work there must be a practicing Traditional Catholic, willing to join in morning, noon and evening prayers, and to consecrate themselves and their families to St. Joseph in such a way that they accept the spirit of poverty as a benefit, and also renounce explicitly the practice of birth control. When a profit is gained, we will together think up new projects, new sources of work, and invest what profit there is in expanding the scope of St. Josephs Industrial Council to provide gainful employ for the heads of our Catholic families. To have a pure work environment, where the Holy Days are observed faithfully, and the employees spiritually united in charity and generous help of their fellow Catholics. So if you have more money to give for aid, I suggest you reserve it for us: because if we can give away 100 boats for free, rather than 25, then the investment cost per boat will be a tiny fraction of the total amount. See my point?

Yours in Christo Rege,

Fr. Blute


Any one who still wants to help may do so by writing to: 112 A Killiney Rd, Singapore 239 551. We accept checks in any currency; if in euros, made payable to: Fraternite St Pie X Mission Asie;
if in any other currency, made payable to SSPX ASIA.

In Europe:
Fraternite St. Pie X Missions Asia
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In the USA:
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As of April1
10, 2007
Donations received, per country,
for Tsunami Victims
USD
 
France (98100 euros)
118,530.00
 
England & Scotland (STG 50,364)
88,862.00
 
USA
56,176.00
 
Switzerland (CHF60,291)
46,616.00
 
Germany (29,932 euros)
36,000.00
  Italy (21,028 euros)
25,402.00
 
Canada (C$26,472)
22,748.00
  Ireland (15,879 euros)
19,098.00
 
Australia (AU$24,787)
18,867.00
  South Africa
7,397.00
  Korea
5,620.00
 
Singapore (S$6,793)
4,015.00
 
Belgium (914 euros)
1,104.00
  Japan
1,071.00
  Argentina
1,000.00
  Hong Kong
420.00
  Spain (300 euros)
360.00
  Philippines (P19,022)
351.00
  Gabon (300 euros)
360.00
  Malaysia
306.00
  Brazil (100 euros)
120.00
  New Zealand (NZ$250)
109.00
   
$454,778.00

     
  Relief given to Tsunami Victims
USD
Dec. 30, 2004 Food 20 families
100
Jan. 6, 2005 Food 90 families
450
Jan. 7, 2005 Food for 60 families
300
Jan. 16, 2005 Food for 99families
500
Jan. 17, 2005 Food for 40 families
200
Jan. 17, 2005 Food for 116 families
600
Jan. 21, 2005 Miscellaneous (stamps, transport, etc.)
100
26-Jan-05 Miscellaneous - Refugee Camp
(139 families - Negombo, Sri Lanka)
316.00
27-Jan-05 Food 63 families
277.00
28-Jan-05 Food Refugee Camp - Negombo
153.60
28-Jan-05 Lactogen 1 & 2 for babies (360 boxes)
567.00
28-Jan-05 Miscellaneous (stamps, transport, etc)
470.00
30-Jan-05 Miscellaneous Refugee Camp - Negombo
500.00
05-Feb-05 Miscellaneous Refugee Camp - Negombo
500.00
05-Feb-05 India: boats, nets, sewing machine, etc.
5,000.00
9-Feb-05 India: fishing eqpmt, household supplies
7,837.00
13-Feb-05 Sri Lanka Ref. Camp Miscellaneous
500.00
17-Feb-05 Sri Lanka Food 30 families and varia
300.00
20-Feb-05 Sri Lanka Ref. Camp Miscellaneous
500.00
23-Feb-05 India: Orphanage
15,000.00
28-Feb-05 Administration (postage, calls)
200.00
1-Mar-05 Sri Lanka 28 nets
8,000.00
1-Mar-05 India: relief given (boats, nets, etc)
13,000.00
1-Mar-05 Sri Lanka: for land for refugee families
10,000.00
19-Mar-05 India: Orphanage
10,000.00
19-Mar-05 Sri Lanka: refugee camp
12,305.00
19-Mar-05
India: fishing eqpmt, household supplies
13,000.00
22-Mar-05
Sri Lanka: fishing net
295.00
15-Apr-05
Sri Lanka: for the purchase of land
80,000.00
18-Apr-05
India: boat making project
23,400.00
18-Apr-05
India: miscellaneous relief
10,000.00
18-Apr-05
Sri Lanka: miscelleanous
104.00
31-May-05 Sri Lanka: purchase of land for refugees
24,000.00
31-May-05 Sri Lanka: Bank fees for transfers
100.00
31-May-05 Sri Lanka: MC fees for cash w/d
84.08
31-May-05 Various administration fees
1,828.00
31-May-05 Sri Lanka: Orphanage in Batticolao
2,000.00
1-Jun-05
Sri Lanka: custom clearance for school supplies
100.00
30-Jun-05 Sri Lanka: purchase of land for refugees
26,000.00
30-Jun-05 Varia administration
355.00
11-Aug-05
Sri Lanka: for land
40,000.00
30-Sep-05
Sri Lanka: Catechism, 2nd payment
6,000.00
29-Oct-05 Sri Lanka new land
24,000
11-Nov-05 India: Orphanage
11,800.00
17-Nov-05 Sri Lanka: for new land
1,650.00
20-Jan-06 Sri Lanka: for new land
14,000.00
20-Jan-06 Sri Lanka: for new land
15,000.00
20-Jan-06 Sri Lanka: for new land
10,000.00
25-Jan-06 Administration
750.00
Feb. 10, 2006 For 2nd Housing estate
$10,000
Feb. 10, 2006 For 2nd Housing estate
$15,000
Dec. 5, 2006 For 2nd Housing estate
$10,000
Jan. 5, 2007 For 2nd Housing estate
$25,000
Jan. 16, 2007 For 2nd Housing estate
$10,000
Feb. 22 For Second Housing Estate
$10,000
April 10 For Second Housing Estate
$2,400
April 10 Administration
$430
   
US $473,348.08


On the Tsunami:
Theological Considerations and practical aid

January 25, 2005

Dear Friends of SSPX ASIA,

It has been a month now since the tsunami disaster, and I promised to give you some considerations on it, from a priest’s point of view. I was prompted to put my thoughts on paper while in Sri Lanka recently, having to reply to one specific insulting and blasphemous article. Here is my reply to this article (Part 1) with only very minor additions (mostly quotes), since this time my readers are mostly Catholics (not so in Sri Lanka, with a Buddhist majority).

tsunami victims

India: They have nothing left

This comes at the right moment for another reason. The Civiltà Cattolicà, the famous Jesuit Italian magazine, has just written an article in which the editor begins by discarding absolutely the element of Divine Justice one may see in this natural disaster.

“First of all, it must be said that to see divine punishment in natural disasters, because of men's sins, is an error, which puts God, as revealed by Jesus in the Gospel, into question,” the editorial states.

Moreover, the article not only eliminates the Divine Justice but boldly presumes that God has saved all the victims! “The way in which this (i.e. how good can come out of evil ) takes place is a great mystery for us, but precisely because God is good we must think that he would not permit these painful and tragic events if he was not able and did not have the intention to bring good out of evil for men,” the Jesuit editorial continues. “In his paternal tenderness, God was close to each one of those children and saved them in his Kingdom.” ( www.zenit.org Jan. 20, 2005)

Such Jesuits ought to redo the first week of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.

In Part 2, I give you some updates on what we are doing to help the victims with the numerous donations received so far.

Part 1 : The Tsunami, An Act of God? Yes, indeed.

Some people ( The Island, Sri Lanka, Jan. 15, p. 7) are wondering where was God on that morning of Dec. 26, and how could a loving God allow such a tragedy caused by nature, the worst so far in man’s history?

This is but a normal reaction of one whose idea of God is very incomplete, erroneous and indeed blasphemous. Back in the 13th century, St Thomas Aquinas was already answering, in his Summa Theologica, those who object, at the sight of so many evils in the world, that there cannot be a God ruling the universe, that such a God, if he exists, could not, should not tolerate all the evils we see. St Thomas replied that God is so powerful as to draw good out of evil.

The God of the Christians, the one and only true God, is all-perfect. That means not only all loving, all good, omnipotent, all wise, but also all just. We think, in our self-centeredness, that God owes us everything here below, that whenever something bad happens, it is the fault of God – ‘why did God do that?’ In such case we show our short-sightedness, we miss the big picture. Where was God on Dec. 26? “When the waves struck, God was where He always is — on His throne, working out His will, perfectly.” ( Straits Times, Singapore, Jan. 22, 2005, p.S13) And what was He doing? He was — as He had been doing for centuries, for millenia — ruling every single wave of the ocean:

“Who stilleth the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves” (Ps. 64, 7),
“Thou rulest the pride of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them” (Ps. 88,10).

The fact that we are used to the normal cycle of nature manifests that we accept, at least unconsciously, a law for the universe, therefore its Lawgiver. Then, to blame the Legislator for suspending for a few moments the normal rhythm of nature for reasons of His own is sheer blasphemy.

India: Prudence must guide charity

Who are we, who have enough difficulties in ruling our own little lives, to judge the Ruler of the Universe? Listen to Him answering Job — and through Job anyone who asks God the same question:

“Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
Or who stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened?
Who laid the corner-stone thereof, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb;
When I made clouds the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, and marked out for it my bound, and set bars and doors,
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further;
And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?” (Job 38, 3-11)

Even pagan Greek philosophers, using common sense principles — such as there is no effect without a cause, no order without a mind ordering things for a purpose — had no problem to accept that there is a Maker of the universe, ruling it, using it for His glory and our own good.

St Thomas Aquinas taught in one of his sermons (Serm. Dom. 5), that although on one side, “creatures teach us to praise God because all of them do praise Him and invite us to praise Him (‘It is surprising, said St Augustine, that man doesn’t praise God unceasingly when all creatures invite him to do so’)”, on the other side, continues the Angelic Doctor, “we see all the creatures ready to punish those who revolt against God, according to Wisdom (16, 24): ‘The creature serving Thee, the Creator, is made fierce against the unjust for their punishment.’ ”

We can add here a passage of St Ignatius of Loyola, completing what St Thomas Aquinas said about the creatures at the service of the Creator. In trying to make us understand the gravity of sin and our ingratitude when committing sin, St Ignatius asks each one of us, in the Second Exercise of the First Week,

“to consider what God is, against Whom I have sinned, according to His attributes; comparing them with their contraries in me — His Wisdom with my ignorance; His Omnipotence with my weakness; His Justice with my iniquity; His Goodness with my malice.”

Then, this consideration should be followed by

“an exclamation of wonder with deep feeling, going through all creatures, how they have left me in life and preserved me in it; the Angels, how, though they are the sword of the Divine Justice, they have endured me, and guarded me, and prayed for me; the Saints, how they have been engaged in interceding and praying for me; and the heavens, sun, moon, stars, and elements, fruits, birds, fishes and animals — and the earth, how it has not opened to swallow me up, creating new Hells for me to suffer in them forever!”

Need I add that the book of St Ignatius was approved by more than 40 popes? The bottom line in all this is the mystery of sin, which most of us and most of our contemporaries ignore or have forgotten.

Now, let us apply all this to the tsunami. Why did God allow it? What good can come out of it?

Firstly, on the occasion of this disaster, there has been great acts of charity and of generosity, and these are still being seen from everywhere at the sight of so much suffering.

The tsunami is moreover a terrible lesson for the creature who ignores its Creator and His Law, it is clearly an act of the Divine Justice against sins which are a plague to whole modern world. This ought to be a warning for all. To prove this, let us glance for a moment at three of the areas most hit by the waves: Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Aceh, Indonesia. There are no doubt good people everywhere, even in Aceh, but Aceh is well known, for many centuries already, for its pirates. Back in the 16th century, St Francis Xavier had to deplore it. One of his most famous and historically documented prophecy concerns a victory over these pirates. (cf. Francis Xavier, His Life, His Times, by. G. Schurhammer S.J., 1980, vol. III Indonesia, pp.225-241)

Nowadays, this part of the Indian Ocean, the Malacca Strait, is still a very dangerous one for ships. One has simply to search the internet to find recent documents proving this, such as those published by the International Maritime Bureau, describing pirates’ various recent attacks. “It is vital that action is taken by Indonesian authorities to ensure that vessels off the northern coast of Sumatra can navigate in safety,” IMB Director, Captain Pottengal Mukundan (Feb. 13, 2004).

Phuket and the Thai coast have beautiful beaches indeed, may be called ‘Paradise’ for their natural beauties, but they are also a hot-bed of prostitution of every kind. A very well known fact.

Unfortunately, Sri Lanka too is on the list of the countries where prostitution of children, especially along the coast, with its ‘sex tourism’, is a real national plague. Where in the world would you find (as one could see in Colombo until recently), as you arrive in a capital’s international airport, a huge billboard warning tourists not to touch the children?

Now, it is worth recalling a terrible warning of the Divine Master for such sins: “But whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe in me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and [that] he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18,7) Such sins cry vengeance to heaven. God is the defender of the innocent, yes, and He surely has the right to punish nations (and unfortunately that will include innocents as well) — in whatever way He decides —who let their children be thus abused.

In Sri Lanka, we can add other reason for the fury of the sea. The Dec. 26 issue — note the date — of the Sunday Leader, p. 13, in an article headed: ‘Christians spend Christmas in fear’ described the violence against Christians nationwide. It specified that in 2003, 39 churches were attacked in and around the city with 91 other recorded incidents of arson, desecration of churches, etc., and in 2004, 78 similar incidents were recorded. In the same vein, just before Christmas this year, Buddhists put up posters on plastered walls, buses, train wagons, etc. insulting Our Lord Jesus Christ with the following: “Jesu baba thoth-tha babek the? Isn’t baby Jesus a helpless silly baby?” (cf. Catholic Messenger, Jan. 16, 2005, p.2).

Well, we now have the terrible answer to this blasphemous question, from the One Whom “even the wind and the sea obey” (Mk 4, 41).

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6, 7)

Will man learn from this sad chapter of history? Will man repent from his sins? I doubt. “The whole land is made desolate, because there is none that considereth in the heart.” (Jer. 12, 11) Life will go on, sinful habits will continue as if paradise was to be found on earth. It is not. We were told, by Swiss scientists in 2000, that a megatsunami is very likely to happen soon by the rupture of the Cumbre Vieja, a live volcano at the Canary Islands (see: http://www.es.ucsc.edu/~ward/papers/La_Palma_grl.pdf ). Will this imminent danger urge people to make their peace with God? Unlikely. Have mercy on us, O Lord!

Modern madness and foolishness is no different now than it was 2000 years ago. It is part of fallen human nature to refuse to submit to reality and to the Almighty. It makes man inexcusable, because he refuses to be reasonable, logical. Thus wrote St Paul facing the same problems 2000 years ago:

“For the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, [even] his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse: because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves: for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.” (Rom. 1, 20-27)

The final lesson we can draw from all this is what Our Blessed Lord said when news came of the slaughter of some Galilaeans by Pontius Pilate:

“Think ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they have suffered these things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.” (Lk 13, 2-3)

“He that is able to understand it, let him understand.” (Mt. 19, 12)

India: Water marks at 6 inches from the ceiling

Part 2 – A report of the Relief given by the SSPX to the Tsunami Victims as of January 22, 2005

Letter to Father Alain Lorans, Editor
DICI (www.dici.org)
FRANCE

Singapore
January 22, 2005

Dear Father,

God knows how to draw good out of evil, teaches St Thomas. Well, this Oriental drama that we have lived for more than 4 weeks, reveals, amongst other things, the secrets of many hearts: a very great generosity. We herewith want to profusely thank everyone who has sent donations.

The figures that I submit to you below are the totals of the donations (mostly of private individuals) which were sent or announced to me by mail or email, by the benefactors, as of January 21 (NOTE: now updated to Apr. 26): they have either already arrived in our bank accounts, or are on the way. And I am still awaiting the result of many collections made here and there, worldwide, in Traditional Mass Centers.

distributing aid to tsunami victims

Sri Lanka: Fr Pagliarani distributing food to more than 100 families


I returned to Singapore after 2 weeks in India and Sri Lanka. One conclusion is already obvious: the devil is getting involved in all this! On all sides, as much on the side of the victims’ families as on the humanitarian organizations’ (both state organizations and NGOs), and on the part of the victim States, everyone wants to profit by all means from this wealth which is being sent. That requires from us a great prudence in the use of the donations received.

Here are two small examples among a thousand: A humanitarian organization arrived in Colombo airport with 2 containers of medical material. The custom officers wanted their share of the gifts! The NGO refused, turned around, and took off again immediately with its two containers of gifts for Indonesia. Another example, also in Sri Lanka: two individuals were caught by the police forces while reselling goods they had received for the victims.

It is very sad, often shocking, because the serious needs are there. It should not be forgotten that the majority of the affected zones, except in the South of India, are pagan, a fact which does not help the practice of the virtue of justice.

In India, we met some of the victims — poor fishermen — in order to see and discuss with them their needs. We decided, upon their advise, to buy for them a piece of land upon which the authorities are supposed to build them houses. After a bit of hesitation on the mechanics of this operation, we should be able to do it in the weeks to come. We have also decided to get a team of our own villagers to go along the devastated coast and see how we can help other families individually. I envisage to distribute about US$50,000 to them (approximately 40,000 euros) in the very near future.

In Sri Lanka, we met the National Director of Caritas, a priest, who told us several things, inter alia that they did not have there alas a Catholic orphanage along the affected zone, and that the Archbishop was about to open one of them. In addition, this very friendly priest will keep us informed of long-term plans on which he is working and in which we will perhaps be able to collaborate.

Sri Lanka: The good Parish Priest worried for his 116 families


Afterwards, we visited a refugee camp, very close to the priory: 116 families piled up, on a small soccer field, in as many tents (3m x 2m) lent by the Red Cross. These tents are completely empty, void of all, clothes, sleeping bags, pillows, linen, food: nothing. Thanks be to God, these families all are Catholic and have a good parish priest, a true father, who worries much for their physical as well as their moral health, because under these really primitive conditions, disorder settles easily. After a few discussions with this priest, we have seen his common sense, and, instead of buying, as we were about to do, a number of small boats and fishing nets, we think that it is wiser to help this priest buy a piece of land of about 2 acres, which is for sale close to the sea, in order to build small apartments for the fishermen. A project of almost US$300,000, rather expensive, I should say, but one needs to know that Negombo is a very touristic area. Moreover, one cannot wait until the government takes the first step — that could take a good six months. It should be added that Negombo, “the little Rome of Sri Lanka” (30% of Catholics), not being as affected as the South and the West of the country, is one of the last on the list of the cities to be helped by any organization.

Sri Lanka: Refugee Camp for 116 families


While waiting to help the parish priest substantially, we distribute every week food to hundreds of families at the mouth of the Negombo river.

Respectfully yours in the service of Our Lord and Our Lady,

Fr. Daniel Couture SSPX
District Superior for Asia


+PAX+

Dear Friends,

May His mysterious will be done! The events of the last week in South East Asia call for a lot of reflection and prayer. I will send another longer letter hopefully soon developing these thoughts.

For the time being, many have written to us in Singapore to offer monetary help and asking how to do so.

Fr Davide Pagliarani, SSPX, was in Sri Lanka Dec. 25 - Jan. 2 and was able, on Dec. 30, to do a 'trial charity action' giving 20 bags of food (each good for 3 days) to 20 families (of 3-4) in the area near our priory, in Negombo. All went well thanks to personal local contacts. We certainly would like to do much more but the logistic is very delicate. We have already made contact with a local priest, very friendy, who has given us sound advise, and warned us of strategic mistakes in our efforts to distribute any type of aid.

How to help and how to be sure your help will reach the victims:

1) We can receive any ordinary checks (in Euros, USD, AUD, etc), here in Singapore.
Make the check payable to:

SSPX ASIA
with a mention for tsunami victims
Address:
Fr. Daniel Couture
112 A Killiney Rd
Singapore 239 551

2) Or you can deposit your donation to one of our two accounts below with the corresponding account name and number, adding also the mention for tsunami victims. In which case, please notify us also here in Singapore (by letter or email) of your donation, to which account, and for how much.

3) I am going to try to ask the various District Superior of the SSPX to make a general collection in their Districts for the victims. This is a third way you can contribute, whenever you hear of it.

Thank you very much for your charity, and may the New Year be truly an occasion to grow all 12 months in that Divine Charity without which all that we do is worth nothing for eternity.

God bless!

Fr Daniel Couture
District Superior for Asia
Singapore


2004

Interview with Father D. Couture
From the French website, La porte latine. Original text in French at: http://www.laportelatine.org/lpl/site/edito/entret/2004/04/page.php.

La Porte latine: Father, could you present to us the function you have in the Society?

Father Couture: On August 15, 1996, the entire Asian continent was made a District, and I was named its first superior. In 1986, the priory of India had been opened as an Autonomous House. Then in 1992, that of the Philippines was also opened as an Autonomous House. To facilitate the contacts with the General House and increase the frequency of the visits of the superior, these two Autonomous Houses were then joined together in 1996 to form the District of Asia.

La Porte latine: Your position as District Superior then enables you to know about practically everything about the Society in Asia?

Father Couture: Obviously. At this moment (April 1, 2004), we have three priories and a novitiate for the brothers. The headquarters of the District is in Singapore, with two priests; the priory of Palayamkottai, in the south of India, also has two priests; that of Manila, in the Philippines, has five priests (three of our Society and two diocesan priests, of whom one has just joined us, a young military chaplain). The Novitiate of the Brothers, in Iloilo, the Philippines, has four priests (three of our Society and a diocesan priest). The chapels are regularly served in nine countries of the Orient, and two more countries are visited occasionally.
As the role of the District Superior consists above all of taking care of the priests: I need to travel, always travel, to go to meet the confreres and see their missions, without neglecting our own missions, those which depend on Singapore.

Our District (i.e., the part of Asia in which we work at this moment) is not as large as the U.S.A. -- if you measure the latter including Alaska and Hawaii --, but its variety is certainly larger. Consider this:
Between Vietnam, the Philippines, India and Japan, it is not just languages that vary, but national religions, habits, ways of life, and seasons. Here is some geographical information to give you an idea of the scale of the District.

Recently, I have been able to accompany Father Thomas Onoda (the only Japanese priest of the Society and who is stationed in Manila), to Sapporo, in the island of Hokkaido, at the northern end of Japan. This small mass center, which only has a few months of existence, is now at the northernmost location of the District being at 43 degrees north. Let us go down to the south: Jakarta, in Indonesia, where we also started a little earlier, in October 2003, is located at 8 degrees south, therefore in the Southern Hemisphere. >From Bombay at 72 degrees east (the mass center at the westernmost location) to Sapporo at 142 degrees east (which is also the mass center at the easternmost location), one needs a good 10 hours' flight on the plane.
And between the voyages made for these visits, the retreats of priests (one in the Philippines, one in India), the study sessions, the visas to be maintained, when there are "holes" in the program, after the administration and the mail, we try to find time to go exploring!

It was in this way that we were able to make five visits to Vietnam, and many other visits to Thailand, especially to go to see Mgr Manat, a diocesan bishop and friend of Mgr Lazo (+ 2000) of the Philippines.

La Porte latine: Can you tell us a little about your new implantations?

Father Couture: The latest two, as I have just told you, are Sapporo and Jakarta.
The former consists at this moment of only two families, where we visit every two months. Though they have had the mass only a few times (one of these families found the Tradition shortly before Christmas thanks to our Japanese website), one really feels being among traditional Catholics, with the children, with the hunger for the sacraments, the joy of hearing the solid doctrines, and the modesty in dress. At the time of this last visit, we showed them the film "Passion", and made a presentation on Christian architecture, from the Romanesque to the Baroque. We also explained to them the importance of doing something to make the Tradition known, and that it is absolutely necessary to sow in order to harvest.

In Jakarta, the Providence put in "the net" for us a group of young Catholics, abandoned by their priest, who meet for the last several years in the house of one of them. I was to make a conference after the first mass, which took place in the chapel of a Franciscan novitiate (where the superior received us in shorts and T-Shirt!) and without knowing it, the conference took place in the house of this person where the young people meet. It was their first contact with the Tradition. They are about fifteen, aged from 17 to 35, a group of Catholic friends, not knowing their faith very much but hungry like nestlings when one arrives with the true nourishment.

At Christmas, we made a mini three-day camp, of the MJCF style, in a superb natural setting - a botanical garden. With another few visits, they seem to have understood much on the crisis so that the majority of the group has stopped going to the new mass now.

La Porte latine: And in the future, do you have new installation projects?

Father Couture: It is always very interesting to talk with the people during these visits in new countries. We always discover beautiful souls protected by grace, and fighting for their faith. We have several Indonesians here in Singapore who encouraged me to go especially to the islands of Flores, in the mid-west region of Indonesia. "They are the most Catholic, Father!" However, according to the methods that our venerable founder left us, it is necessary to follow the Providence in our missionary expansion. Then, after the Christmas camp in Jakarta, I thought of asking the young people if they knew anyone in the islands of Flores. What surprise to find then that three of them have an uncle, a priest, over there, who fought for the traditional mass, was "suspended" by his bishop for this reason, and then sent to a small island without road or telephone... However, from Jakarta, one needs a good three-day journey to arrive at this small island, with planes and multiple ferryboat rides that must be taken.

To follow the Providence... If we ever manage to meet this priest, another door might open at once: that of East Timor, which is only a few hours from there, by boat. At the time of God!

La Porte latine: Father, can you describe to us your apostolate in Asia?

Father Couture: Our apostolate, provided by various priories, resembles very much that of the other priories: masses, catechisms, visit of the sick, preparation of the parish bulletins and retreats. Here are more precise details of what each priory is doing.

In India, our priests have a dozen mass centers located between the southern end of the country and the northwest, in Bombay. In the south there is a small school in one of the villages we serve, and the priory is used as a "Hostel", house for young people, approximately 27 of them, coming from various mass centers of ours and stay on pension to go to the schools of Palayamkottai.

Manila, with its church, Our Lady of the Victories, is very lively with its 500 parishioners and the house of Bethany for the young ladies aspiring for the religious life. The priests of Manila are also in charge of Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

In Iloilo, as I have told you, there is a novitiate for the brothers of the Society. At this moment, there are three professed brothers, two novices, two postulants and two pre-postulants. In addition to the courses given to the brothers, the priests of the novitiate are in charge of the entire central and southern regions of these 7107 islands that constitute the Philippines, i.e., about 10 more mass centers.

Quite recently, Dr Dick? of ACIM, came there to conduct a lecture tour and was able to speak to the students of five faculties of medicine, nearly 2500 students in all.

La Porte latine: Were you not in Manila for some time?

Father Couture: The headquarters of the District was in Manila from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, we opened the priory of Singapore to release some load from Manila, which was overflowing and lacking space.

La Porte latine: Can you tell us a little about the friendly communities and the friendly priests?

Father Couture: As I mentioned earlier, there are diocesan priests, here and there, who help us: three in the Philippines, and four to five in India. There are no traditional religious communities within the District, except for the sisters of Bethany who depend on the SSPX (see above).

La Porte latine: What are your relations with the local episcopates?

Father Couture: Classic: they would very much like to see us leave! Especially when one or the other of their priests comes to the Tradition. The only exception has been Mgr Manat, in Thailand, when he was a diocesan bishop. I was even able to preach a retreat of St Ignatius with this bishop as interpreter, to about fifty of his faithful! It was quite an experience.

La Porte latine: And religious vocations?

Father Couture: We cannot but bless the Heavens, here. Although not all of those who test their vocation reach the goal, at this moment, there are Asians in the following communities:
SSPX: 5 priests, 9 seminarians, 5 professed brothers
SSPX, Sisters: 3 professed, 3 novices
SSPX, Oblates: 5 engaged, 3 in formation
O.P. Avrill? (Dominicans): 1 brother and 4 sisters
O.P. Brignoles (teaching Dominicans): one professed sister
Carmel: one professed sister
Disciples of the Cenacle (Velletri, Italy): one postulant sister
OSB (Benedictines): two brothers
OFM Capuchins, Morgon: one brother
Redemptorists: one brother

La Porte latine: All these fruits coming from the goodness of God, are they also the fruits of the work carried out for the schools?

Father Couture: Not really because we do not have any secondary school at this moment. The crisis is, in some respects, coming a little late, due to the fact that these countries, except the Philippines, have never really been Catholic. Therefore, the Tradition can harvest in a land that still keeps some values. For example, the fact of living in poverty can very much help the detachment. The Indian brother who is in Morgon felt that he was moving up the social ladder in arriving at the monastery!

La Porte latine: This immense District must be a heavy human and financial load. How do you manage it?

Father Couture: Saint Joseph likes these mission lands and has always generously helped their missionaries of all times?

La Porte latine: Can the internet readers of La Porte latine receive your news in any other way?

Father Couture: Yes, we have a few internet sites to try to gather the souls of different languages:
- District of Asia in the English language: www.sspxasia.com, which regularly receives visitors from 93 countries
- Website in the Japanese language: http://fsspxjapan.fc2web.com/menu.html
- Website in the Korean language: http://sspxkorea.netian.com/index.html

We even started to prepare a website in the Thai language, but there are unforeseen delays and it is not yet ready. It would be necessary to make websites in Tagalog (the Philippines), Vietnamese, and Chinese! However, it is the manpower that we lack.
Following the visit of Dr Dickes, we have just launched an ACIM-Asia website, which is now ready www.acim-asia.com.
Ah! yes, and there is the bulletin of the District, the Newsletter, which goes out... from time to time, between two and four times a year. It is sent free to those who request it. The back issues are on our District website.

La Porte latine: We are moved and in admiration in the face of such an amount of devotion and confidence in the Providence. What can we do to help you?

Father Couture: Pray, first of all. Really, from the time I came to Asia, I have seen with my own eyes the fruits of the prayer, of the communion of the Saints. Sometimes, during somewhat delicate missions, knowing that monasteries, kept abreast of the mission, were praying at the same time, I really felt that the Blessed Virgin was directing everything, opening unexpected doors, making us meet priests, bishops and souls of quality. I count very much on the prayer of others, our "spiritual troops", for the development of our missions.

And then, good heavens, if anyone wants to help us materially, it will not be refused! All these flights on the plane (which are often the only means of transport to go from one country to another), we must pay cash! Then, there are constructions of chapels here and there (we have just started one in Iloilo). And regarding our young vocations in formation, all of whom come from poor countries, we cannot let them be supported by monasteries or seminaries?

Lastly, let those who travel Asia not hesitate to contact us for the schedules and places of masses, etc.

In any event, a big thank you to La Porte latine for making our District known. France has always distinguished itself much on its missions. It still does. Deo gratias!

Father Daniel Couture +


2000

August 24: Fr. Bourmaud left us to go back to his assignment in Goulburn, Australia.

August 23: A veteran in the Singapore Mission, Fr. Gerard Hogan, graced us with his visit on his way to Australia, coming from Rome.  In Rome, he was the beneficiary of a powerful, quasi-miraculous intervention of St Anthony, as he recovered his stolen suitcase that contained a lot of medication.

August 22: Community outing at the highest summit in the Republic of Singapore: 164 meters!

August 21: Fr. Davodeau returned from his missionary journeys to Vietnam and the Philippines  He met at the airport Fr. Dominique Bourmaud SSPX, professor at Holy Cross Seminary, on a four day stop-over at the District headquarters.

August 19: The Singaporeans Pilgrims returned from Rome, beaming with joy.

August 2: Fr. Maurel, from Sri Lanka, came for a visit.

July 30: Second wedding of the year.

July 28: Fr. Davodeau, relieved form his school teaching assignment for the summer, came to Asia to give a most welcomed hand.

June 5: Fr Vachon flew off to Australia for a week’s vacation.

June 4: The three priests were invited to attend a concert by the world famous Tallis choir. The pieces sung were a mass by Palestrina, Allegri’s Miserere and a few other beautiful polyphonic masterpieces. It is quite interesting and amazing to think of a crowd paying relatively expensive tickets to listen to a choir singing the Common of the Traditional Catholic Latin Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Nicean Creed, etc.), in Latin, in a National Concert Hall. Latin is no longer a problem in such cases. It also shows the transcendence of the Catholic repertoire.

June 3, Fr Juan Carlos Ortiz, Colombian priest of the SSPX, ordained in 1984 with Fr Couture, stopped over for a few days at the priory on his way to Australia.

April 23 Easter Sunday: Eight children from the catechism class made their First Holy Communion.

April 22 Easter Vigil: While the diocese of Singapore was receiving more than 1000 new Catholics in its bosom, Fr Couture was also privileged to baptize two adults and give them their First Holy Communion.

April 17: First day of a three day Parish Mission. The SSPX Superior General made his first visit to the new District headquarters in between two flights (6 hour stopover). If for some people time is money, for others, time is a divine grace, a means to sow grace at any and every moment. Bishop Fellay found time to give an impromptu talk to the faithful on the latest events in the Church before ‘flying back’ to the airport to catch his midnight flight to Switzerland.

March 13: Fr. Loschi stopped over for a day on his way home to Sri Lanka.

March 3: On his way to Sri Lanka , Fr. Wailliez made a stop-over to visit Fr. Loschi.

March 2: Fr. Loschi arrived from Sri Lanka to give a most welcomed hand to Fr. Vachon while Fr. Couture is away.

February 24: Fr Couture left for a three week ‘working-holiday’ in Canada, presenting the work done in the Asian District to Canadian Mass centers, from coast to coast.

February 21: Fr. Couture returned from Vietnam.

January 6: Fr. Loschi returned to his Cinghalese mission field.

1999

December 29: Fr Loschi came from Sri Lanka to help out with the end of the year ceremonies. December 31 In many of our centers, as it had been requested by Bishop Fellay, the old year ended in front of the Blessed Sacrament and with the singing of the Te Deum.

December 8: Many of our priests renewed their membership, their oblation within the ranks of the Society of St. Pius X. May we all persevere unto the end…

November 17: Fr Vachon returned from his Canadian winter break.

November 14: The two Fathers from England met the district Superior in Singapore Changi Airport in the evening and together they flew to Bombay then to Trivandrum, in the Southern province of Kerala, for the second priestly retreat.

November 6: The Bishop almost missed his flight to Australia due to a visa complication resolved speedily by the good St. Rita (excellent in airport problems…).

November 5: H.E. Bishop de Galarreta stopped over for 24 hours on his way to Australia. He was the first bishop to visit our new headquarters. In the evening he gave confirmations to 4 adults.

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