Newsletter of the District
Lord! grant us priests!! O Lord! grant us many religious vocations!!
Superior of the SSPX gives his Blessing in the Pope's Cathedral!
As we journey
throughout the populous countries of Asia, wide regions entrusted
to our weak hands, the most common requests that people have for
us, the priests of the Society of St Pius X, is: “Father, can
we have more Masses?” Those who are blessed to have the grace
of the traditional Mass every month would like to have it every
Sunday, or at least twice a month ; and those who are fortunate
to have it every Sunday, would like to have it every day…! - Yes,
the harvest is great and the laborers very, very few.
maintaining, and defending the Holy Traditional Mass is not all.
Very soon, since the Holy Traditional Mass is fruitful by nature,
children start to fill the chapel, and then the question of schooling
arises. “Father, can we have a school for our children?”
A school is huge undertaking. It requires firstly convinced parents
worried for their children’s souls, then a good teacher, then funds,
then so many other things. But with the grace of God, the Society
is opening schools every year to satisfy the earnest desire of concerned
parents. It can be done. “All things are possible to him that
believeth!” (Mk 9,22) Thank God, there are still parents to
be found who have the faith that moves mountains — mountains of
obstacles for the salvation of their children.
With the Holy
Mass, with their children in a traditional school nearby or away
in a good boarding school, many parents have thought their duty
was accomplished, the Christian future of their children assured!
Well, not so fast…
Now with Traditional
Mass centers 10, 20 years old or more, another problem is becoming
not just worrying, -but alarming. There appears in many, many
places, among many traditional Catholic families a certain laxity,
a certain inconstancy, a certain permissiveness among the youth
(say 15 years old and up). We notice youths, who do not seem to
have the will to take the flame, to stand up for the principles
of our Holy Faith. The fruits under our eyes are without proportion
to the sacrifices of parents and educators. How is it that there
are still so few vocations in our ranks? How is it that traditional
Catholic families with 5, 10, even 15 children have not a single
vocation? St. John Bosco estimated that there should be one vocation
out of every 3 or 4 children, per good family! How far are we from
at the ordination ceremonies in Winona, USA, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais
publicly wondered—no, lamented— that after a quarter of a century
that seminary had only two deacons to present to the ordination
to the sacred Priesthood?
In our young
men and women between the age of 18 to 30, we notice a great ignorance
of the crisis of society and of the Church, an ignorance which is
not because they have not been taught, but because of a lack of
interest. This is a typical example of the capital sin of sloth:
a spiritual lethargy, a lack of desire to study, to learn by themselves.
This is made worst if the young man or woman never had to survey
or defend his position. Very soon, the contacts with the world
weaken his will and encourage compromises. And many fall. Many
of our parents lament that their children do not follow them in
the practice of their faith. The world makes us feel guilty to
be different, to be apart, or to uphold principles of thought, or
of dress-code, which are seemingly outdated, and which nobody else
follows… And our youth becomes embarrassed, scared even, to stand
apart and be counted. Why? They are lacking personal conviction,
their faith is weak, they are not proud enough to be known as a
Catholic, and moreover as a Traditional Catholic : “My friends
will laugh at me!”
St. Peter had
that same problem long ago with his first Christians, some of which
were also shy or scared: “If you be reproached for the name
of Christ, you shall be blessed! Let none of you suffer as a murderer
or a thief or a railer or a coveter or other men’s things. But
if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God
in this name!” (I Pet. 4, 14-16)
Youth can be
enthusiastic for a doctrine, for ideas, for a strong wisdom, a mission!
Ideals, absolutes, and principles attracts their soul a thirst for
grandeur, for the sublime.
On the contrary,
what do we see? Few vocations, in spite of a growing and expanding
Among the young
men, we notice an easy-going attitude, a lack of character, a lack
of will. The training of that will—the last barrier to the world,
the flesh and the devil—should begin in infancy and be refined in
adolescence to prepare him for his place in society, but the training
is often too superficial. Purity is a continual combat; it requires
an interior will to fight, a spiritual force that comes only
with interest, concern, and application. Young men have also lost
the sense of responsibility, of generosity, of organization. How
will they be good fathers of families, if at 20 years old they cannot—will
not— take responsibilities? They are not ready. How many are scared
of the calling of God, afraid of the effort, of the challenge.
“Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and
fear and prepare thy soul for temptation.” (Ecclus 2,1) They
are not ready.
leaders, disorder sets in.
It was Adam’s
sin to have shrunk from his responsibility of telling Eve she was
wrong. He gave in, and death followed, the death of mankind.
To go to school
and to enjoy themselves seems to be the only concern of many of
our young men. They forget that we are living in a terrible crisis
of society, of the Church, and they must protect themselves from
assimilating the spirit of the world; or else what will they be
tomorrow? What will our families be tomorrow with weak fathers?
Among the young
girls, there is disorder too. Long studies draw them away from
humble family chores, give a spirit of independence and provide
an ability to earn for themselves. To become simple housewives
seems degrading compared to what is available out there. But
that is their mission, their salvation: “Yet she shall be saved
through child bearing…” (I Tim 2, 15). “The hand that rocks
the cradle rules the world”.
A dress is
highly significant: to dress with taste, with the sense of harmony,
of modesty, is the reflection of interior virtues, that is “to be”.
To dress in
a mini-skirt, in pants, is to want “to appear”, to be in style,
in fashion, and seek one’s own will. There is a liberation of the
education received —that is if the parents gave it. The spirit
of independence opens the door to all other disorders.
The real ones
responsible are mothers who give in to their children whims. Listen
to Pope Pius XII speaking to Catholic Mothers: “Frequently, a
man’s destiny, the ruin of his character, or the threat of grave
danger, may be traced to his childhood years when his heart was
spoiled by the fond flattery, imprudent fussing and foolish indulgence
of misguided parents. They accustomed that impressionable little
heart to see all things revolve and gravitate around it, to find
all things yielding to its will and caprice, and thus they sowed
in it the roots of a boundless egoism of which the parents themselves
were later to become the first victims.” (Allocution, Oct. 26,
We have no
right to form a lukewarm youth! We need a strong youth, virtuous,
worthy of admiration, which knows how to enjoy properly a good time,
and at the same time, ready to fight, like a St. Maria Goretti or
a St. Dominic Savio, at a moment’s notice.
Let us be truly
aware of this problem. Let no parent quit in this art of education.
As long as our traditional Catholic young men and young ladies are
not gentlemen and ladies worthy of the name, the responsibility
of parents is not finished.
Let me end
by announcing that a third Filipino young man, Aurelito Cacho, from
Bohol, in the central islands of The Philippines, will be ordained
a priest this coming December 17, in our seminary in Argentina.
He will be the third priestly fruit of our Mission in The Philippines
But how many
more we could use in this vast continent with half the world’s population!
Allow me to
close with a famous quote:
“… Many fail to become Christians in these regions because they
have no one who is concerned with such pious and holy matters. Many
times I am seized with the thought of going to the schools in your
lands and of crying out there, like a man who has lost his mind,
and especially at the University of Paris, telling those in the
Sorbonne who have a greater regard for learning than desire to prepare
themselves to produce fruit with it. How many souls fail to go
to glory and go instead to hell through their neglect!
And thus, as they make progress in their studies, if they would
study the accounting which God our Lord will demand of them and
of the talent which has been given to them, many of them would be
greatly moved and, taking the means and making spiritual exercises
to know the will of God within their soul, they would say, conforming
themselves to it rather than to their own inclinations: ‘Lord, here
I am! What would you have me do? Send me wherever you will, and
if need be, even to the Indies!’
With how much greater consolation would they then live! And they
would have great hope in the Divine Mercy at the hour of their death,
when they will encounter that particular judgment which no man can
escape and will say on their own behalf: ‘Lord, you gave me five
talents. Behold, here are another five that I have gained with them!’
” (St Francis Xavier, Letter 20. To his Companions in
Rome, Cochin, January 15, 1544)