Dear Friends and Benefactors,
These hot days of summer remind me of the particular apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco on July 13, 1917.
On this occasion, the Mother of God had spoken to the children: "Make sacrifices for sinners and say often: 'O Jesus this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'"
"As she said these words," Lucia related, "she spread her hands again as in the preceding months. The reflection which they gave out seemed to penetrate the earth and we saw a sea of fire, and plunged in this fire devils and souls like transparent embers, black or bronzed in human form which floated in the fire..."
Our Lady then said to the terrified children: "You have seen hell where the souls of sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart."
In recent weeks there have been a number of natural disasters - wild fires consuming large tracts of forest, homes and personal property, and even human lives. Powerful winds have knocked out power to millions in the mid-Atlantic states. These are unfortunate events, tragic events, but what are these compared with the eternal loss of souls for whom Our Divine Redeemer shed His Precious Blood?
This is the reason that the Fatima message of prayer and sacrifice is more relevant today than it was in 1917. The next time we are tempted to complain about the heat, let us offer up this sacrifice for the conversion of poor sinners.
On another note, there has been much written lately on the negotiations between the Conciliar Church of Vatican II and the Society of St. Pius X. Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX, has been preparing the groundwork for a reconciliation of the Society with "modern Rome."
The important question Bishop Fellay needs to ask himself is: what has now changed that makes it possible to come to terms of agreement with the modernists who have so successfully brought about the Great Apostasy in the Catholic Church?
In 1976 the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on the occasion of his suspension a divinis by Paul VI wrote an excellent response to this so-called penalty, titled Reflections on Suspension "a divinis", June 29, 1976:
“We are suspended a divinis by the Conciliar Church and for the Conciliar Church, to which we have no wish to belong...
"That Conciliar Church is a schismatic Church, because it breaks with the Catholic Church that has always been. It has its new dogmas, its new priesthood, its new institutions, its new worship, all already condemned by the Church in many a document, official and definitive..
"This Conciliar Church is schismatic, because it has taken as a basis for its updating principles opposed to those of the Catholic Church: such as the new concept of the Mass expressed in numbers 5 of the Preface to (the decree) Missale Romanum and 7 of its first chapter, which gives the assembly a priestly role that it cannot exercise; such likewise as the natural - which is to say divine - right of every person and of every group of persons to religious freedom.
"This right of religious freedom is blasphemous for it attributes to God purposes that destroy His Majesty, His Glory, His Kingship. This right implies freedom of conscience, freedom of thought, and all the Masonic freedom.
"The Church that affirms such errors is at once schismatic and heretical. This Conciliar Church is, therefore, not Catholic. To whatever extent Pope, Bishops, priests, or faithful adhere to this new Church, they separate themselves from the Catholic Church... For our part, we persevere in the Catholic Church, by the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
So what has changed in the Conciliar Church over the past forty years? Nothing! Let us pray that more traditional Catholics will recognize that Vatican II ushered in the Great Apostasy foretold by St. Paul in his Second Epistle to the Thessalonians.
With my prayers and blessing.