Newsletter of the District
- May 1998
this moment, the issue of the crisis depends solely on the priestly
action. If the priest doesn't transform society, one must despair
of the future." These words, not written by Archbishop Lefebvre,
but by his and St. Pius X's mentor, the great Cardinal Pie of Poitier,
France, were written 150 years ago. They are a proof that human
nature doesn't change no matter what people may say. Human nature
doesn't change, that means it has been, is and will always be a
wounded nature, a weak, feeble, nature incline to evil, to break
God's Ten Commandments. It is then a nature in need of help, of
these passing helps called actual graces and especially of the more
permanent help, the habitual grace, called also the state of grace.
Pie meant was precisely this: the crisis, either in 1849 or 1998
or 2030, affecting human societies, will always be a struggle between
man's free will and temptation, whether from the flesh, the world
or the devil. The issue of this struggle lies ultimately in man
accepting or rejecting God's grace which is always offered to us.
Now, it is precisely the priests of the Catholic Church who are
the key-holders of the source of graces, the sacraments.
it is up to priestly action to open the divine reservoir or to close
it, to irrigate our souls and our societies dried up by the scorching
winds of human passions... "Si scires donum Dei ... If thou didst
know the gift of God!"
princes of the Church, Cardinal Pie, St. Pie X and Archbishop Lefebvre,
to mention only three of the last 150 years, always look at things
"sub specie aeternitatis," "from the angle of Eternity. "They knew
the vital importance of priests in the religious and in the civil
domain. They knew the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
which only validly ordained priests can offer. They knew the infernal
rage of the devil at the sight of good Catholic priests, like St
John Marie Vianney, like Padre Pio...
Pius XII in
his sermon of the canonisation of St. Pius X, in 1954, spoke with
the same inspired wisdom: "In the Church alone, and through her
in the Holy Eucharist, which is a life hidden with Christ in God,
is to be found the secret and the source of the renovation of social
life." The priories of the Society of St. Pius X, scattered to the
four winds, are a perfect example of the influence a few priests
can have when they seek to be real priests. Some time, there are
not even a handful of Society priests in a whole country and these
few priests alone manage to make the whole Catholic Hierarchy tremble.
In Sri Lanka, for instance, our two priests are engaged in a written
battle which is disturbing the Church authorities. With their bimonthly
newsletter, publishing in a serial form, Archbishop Lefebvre's Open
Letter to Confused Catholics in Sinhalese, with their half page
or sometime full page article in the secular newspapers, the clergy
has been forced to take notice and to react. In Gabon, the presence
of our four priests was enough, some years back, to oblige the Bishops
to describe the work of the Society of St. Pius X as one of the
top three problems affecting the Catholic Church in Gabon.
Yes, dear readers,
the grace of God alone can save the world. Let us pray for the sanctification,
the recruiting and the increase of priests, the channels of this
divine grace and we will see the deserts turning into green fields,
the desertic spiritual state of the world turning into the green
fields of Catholic civilization.
my priestly blessing,