My dear friends,
I am sure
the Blessed Virgin Mary is happy today, that she is looking upon
us with joy and that she has been much consoled with the prayers
offered to her throughout the night just past. You have certainly
been most obedient to the wishes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, following
the initiative of some true and faithful Catholic laymen.
In all her
apparitions and particularly at Fatima, she asked us to pray and
do penance. This is why you are here, many of you coming from
far away. In spite of inconveniences you have willingly taken
on this penance and have come here to pray. To pray to the Blessed
Virgin Mary, whose wish we shall fulfill in a few minutes when
we repeat, in the words of Pope Pius XII, the consecration of
the world and of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
today, what faithful Catholic, does not feel the need to pray
and do penance, in present world circumstances? We are a little
like those who invited their friends to the wedding feast at Cana
and, when they ran short of wine, turned to the Virgin Mary with
anxious looks, asking the Mother of Jesus to put in a word with
her Divine Son to relieve them of this worry of having no more
wine to serve their guests. So Mary turned to Jesus and said to
Him, "They have no wine." And Jesus performed the wonderful
miracle of transforming water into wine. A mirror image of the
situation we find ourselves in today!
We too turn
to the Blessed Virgin, where we can still today find the grace
of God, where we can still find divine life in this world. The
wine symbolizes precisely the Blood of Christ, which transmits
divine life to us. We shall listen to the words of the Blessed
Virgin Mary saying, "Do whatever He tells you." So now,
we too are making a resolution to listen to the Blessed Virgin
and to do whatever Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us.
is He telling us? What is He revealing? His Revelation tells us
that the most beautiful, the most admirable, the most perfect
of His creatures did not make good use of the freedom which Our
Lord, as God, gave them. Yes, He has shown us that this extraordinary
conflict took place in heaven between the good angels and the
wicked angels, between those who wanted to become like God and
St. Michael the Archangel at the head of all the angels loyal
to God. Quis ut Deus? "Who is like God?"
So He plunged
the wicked angels into hell. This is what God tells us. Not only
on earth, therefore, do men misuse their freedom, this extraordinary
gift which God gave them to do good and not evil. It has already
happened in heaven.
So the situation
is that, henceforth and for all eternity, there will be, on the
one side, the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ united to the Father
and to the Holy Ghost, which will shine in the hearts of all the
elect, of all who are united to God: the holy angels, the Virgin
Mary, St. Joseph, all the saints, the martyrs, all who follow
the law of God and love Him here below.
there is hell. Hell, the place forever of those who tried to resist
God, tried to make themselves God a state of eternal separation
from God. This is what Our Lord teaches us.
among us to make reparation for the sin of our first parents,
who had abused their freedom and disobeyed God. So He too found
Himself in confrontation and opposition to those who wanted to
put Him to death. Because Satan, if he can do no more in heaven,
because he has been confined to hell once and for all, can still
work here below and try to populate hell in ever greater numbers.
God permits him to do this. We have seen Our Lord Jesus Christ
persecuted by Satan, by the devil himself. Satan believed that
his definitive victory had been achieved. He had succeeded in
crucifying God Himself, body and soul. God seemed dead. He had
breathed His last.
victory, because it was Satan who wanted to crucify Him. This
is in the Gospel. When Judas went off to betray Our Lord, having
taken the Bread which Our Lord had given Him, the Gospel says,
"Satan entered into his soul." So it is indeed a struggle,
a struggle between Our Lord and all who wanted to crucify Him.
And who showed up as the means of the crucifixion of Our Lord?
False religions and bad governments. This is in the Gospel. The
Scribes and the Pharisees said, "What do you think? He has
blasphemed, because He makes Himself the Son of God, and because
He has blasphemed, He must be crucified."
that moment Israel abandoned the religion which Jesus had taught
them. And instead of recognizing the divinity of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, they rejected the Messias and crucified Him. There are
also those who said, in the name of pagan governments, as Pilate
hesitated to crucify Him, "If you do not put Him to death,
you are no friend of Caesar, because everyone who makes himself
king sets himself against Caesar." So you see, it is perfectly
clear: in the Gospel there are false religions and bad governments
which crucify Our Lord Jesus Christ. But, as you know, Our Lord
escaped them. Satan thought He was dead once and for all, the
Scribes and Pharisees too. And Our Lord rose, He ascended to heaven
triumphantly, gloriously, henceforth for all eternity. He enters
again into the glory of His Father and of the Holy Ghost in the
But He founded
the Church, His Mystical Body which carries on the struggle, which
henceforth will be open to all the attacks of the devil and of
all those who wish to destroy Our Lord. Because Our Lord slipped
past them, they will persecute members of the Church.
what Our Lord said to St. Paul to Saul on the road to Damascus,
"Why persecutest thou Me?" Thus Our Lord considered
persecution of His members as persecution of Himself. "Why
persecutest thou Me?"
Church is the Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ. So, throughout
the history of the Church, you have seen this struggle carried
on by heretics, by every means at their disposal, in all the attacks
which the Church has undergone in the course of her history, all
the martyrs and all those who have been witnesses of the divinity
of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Church. This conflict continues,
it continues into our own day. And it continues with the Blessed
Virgin Mary at our side, because she has entered the lists. She
is no pacifist, the Blessed Virgin Mary. "She is powerful,"
says the Scripture, "as an army in battle array." She
is represented crushing the head of Satan. So she is in the struggle.
She is on our side to help us.
shall we do, we Catholics of the twentieth century, members of
the Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Shall we lay down
our arms? This is the drama of the Church today. They want us
to lay down our arms. They want us to enter into a kind of pacifism
which is nothing more nor less than cowardice. In the face of
Satan, in the face of the enemy, in the face of all those who
seek the destruction of the Church, in the face of those who want
to crush all Christians, to finish off Our Lord Jesus Christ here
below, we are supposed to lay down our weapons. First of all,
the weapon of prayer. We are not supposed to pray any more. The
churches will be empty. We will come no more to adore the Blessed
Sacrament, no longer pray to the Blessed Virgin. So Satan will
be happy, he will have won a great victory, and he will take millions
and millions of souls to hell.
have it, my dear friends, the great drama which the Church is
experiencing today, worse than the attacks of the Moslems in the
time of Pope Saint Pius V; worse than Protestantism in the sixteenth
century, worse than all heresies and schisms put together.
evil is inside the Church. We must realize that, until the Second
Vatican Council, popes, bishops, and priests fought courageously
alongside the faithful, leading the faithful in the struggle against
Satan and all his works.
Now we are
astonished to see that, since the Council, because of two attitudes
of those with responsibility in the Church, two attitudes which
are contrary to this struggle, which undermine the Church, we
are told we have now arrived at a time when we must have peace
at any price.
A vis other religions, we have ecumenism. They are saying about
all religions which are against the Church: "Now we must
have unity, we must lay down our arms, we embrace you, in.order
to have union." The union of truth with error, the union
of shadows with the Light, the union of Satan with God. This is
what St. Paul says. How is it possible? It is part of what they
call Ostpolitik. The Vatican has changed its policy. From now
on we must cooperate with all hostile governments, hostile to
the Church, governments which have only one end in view: to destroy
Our Lord Jesus Christ in His embers, in His Church. This is their
one aim. They use possible means, falsehood and with so much more
effectiveness dialogue, if that will serve their purpose. This
is the program: peaceful coexistence, detente, dialogue. We have
handed over to these governments the poor priests and faithful
who were fighting in defense of their faith.
At the present
time in Czechoslovakia, in Rumania, there are bishops called Peace
Priests, appointed by and answerable to the government, as in
the Russian Orthodox Church, totally under the control of the
communist government. And these bishops turn good priests out,
turn good Catholics out, because they will not obey the communist
government, because they want to have their children baptized,
because they want their children taught the catechism, because
the priests want to go out and visit the sick, to take Holy Communion
to them, to teach catechism (secretly, if necessary), to hear
confessions in homes, if people have difficulty in getting to
church. All this is against the communist government regulations.
This is why the bishops persecute these good priests.
And I say
it is the same thing with us. I also say that these good priests,
these good Catholics, are sacrificed on the altar of Ostpolitik
and of dialogue with wicked governments, just as we are sacrificed
on the altar of ecumenism, in maintaining our Catholic Faith,
which teaches that there is only one Church.
not two religions, there is only the religion of God, the religion
of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God. He came
to earth to found His religion. There are not two religions, there
is only one religion, the Catholic religion, and so, if we believe
there is only one religion, we should pray and do penance for
the conversion of souls, for their conversion and not to embrace
them with all their errors and vices. This is not doing them a
favor. It is deceiving them. This has always been the attitude
of the Church: to send missionaries all over the world, even if
they are martyred, to win souls for Christ and for the Church.
It has never
been understood that henceforth there should be no more missionaries.
We want to uphold and prolong the Catholic Church. We want to
uphold the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to proclaim
that the Catholic Church is the true religion and that everyone
is called to convert to the Catholic Church. For this we pray,
we do penance and we try with all means at our disposal to do
good wherever we are, in order to convert souls.
have it, my dear friends, the resolution which we should make
today, especially to have devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
and to her Immaculate Heart. With her we will fight, we will continue
the combat. We will continue the fight against ourselves, against
all that is evil in ourselves, all that is evil in our families,
all that is evil in our cities, so that Our Lord Jesus Christ
can reign everywhere and always. We will pray to the Good Lord
and to the Blessed Virgin Mary to help us to continue the fight.
We will not be taken in by this false ecumenism. This false ecumenism
has completely transformed our holy liturgy. We reject this transformed
liturgy which is supposed to turn us into Protestants, because
we do not want to give the Eucharist to Protestants. They are
not of our Faith. They cannot receive our Eucharist. We wish to
convert them first, convert them to our Faith, and then they will
be able to receive our Eucharist joyfully.
have, my dear friends, what I wanted to say to you. In a few minutes
we shall join, shall we not, with our Lady of Fatima, with all
those who have faith in Our Lady, especially to the great and
venerated Pope Pius XII, who drew up this consecration to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary. We shall repeat his very words and put
our entire lives and souls under the protection of the Immaculate
Heart and pray that the reign of Mary be established over the
earth and over souls.
From Fideliter, May/June 1982.