Rector's letters

September 2009 - At the Service of Christ in...

September 01, 2009
Allow us to talk about one of our sorrows concerning the life of the SSPX. It regards the vocation of Brother within our Society. Little known, or at the very least much overlooked, the vocation of Brother attracts few, and rare are those who ponder the possibility of such a vocation among us.

August 2009 - News and Prospects

August 01, 2009
We would like to invite you to join in our thanksgiving for the wonderful days of June 19th and 20th, when thirteen new priests received the priestly unction from H.E. Bishop Tissier de Mallerais and celebrated, for the first time, the sacred Mysteries. As explained in the enclosed "Verbum", these two days mark a milestone, not only in the life of the Seminary, but also in the history of the development of our work in this country. Our Good Lord allowed everything to come together for making these days an exceptional event.

July 2009 - From Cradle to Calvary: the Noble...

July 01, 2009
Saint Bernard, in a concise formula, did not hesitate to say that man is only a "mass of corruption". But the holy liturgy seems to contradict such a peremptory assertion. In the Offertory, the priest pours a drop of water into the chalice of salvation while saying: "God, who in an admirable way hast created the nobility of human nature and hast restored it in an even more marvelous way... ".

May 2009 - The Mask of Hatred

May 01, 2009
The recent papal decree, justly restoring the bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, caused a media frenzy which you cannot have failed to notice. Skillfully orchestrated, this heinous campaign spread quickly, even in the halls of some episcopates always ready to follow the chaotic promptings of the media. It seems, however, that the furor has somewhat calmed down. This lull gives us the opportunity to reconsider, with less agitation, certain aspects of the decree of last 21 January.

April 2009 - The Duty of State

April 01, 2009
In the midst of our daily struggle, we must be on our guard against the blows aimed at us from every side by the enemy of mankind. Thus, every night at Compline we sing: "Fratres, sobrii estote et vigilate, " "Brethren, be sober and watch."

March 2009 - Beneficial Penance

March 01, 2009
We have a visceral dread regarding Lent. As a living oyster touched by a drop of lemon juice, we close up tightly when our comforts are threatened, our greatest fear being to have to give them up. We instinctively hate all that opposes our ease.

Febraury 2009 - The Mocker Mocks Himself!

February 01, 2009
Weather forecast: heavy weather with strong waves! Peter's ship is in the midst of a great tempest. It is prey to the attacks and deceptions of its enemies, who go after Christ's Vicar with a ferocious glee, describing him as an old, senile man who has lost any contact with reality, a recluse lost in his dreams, lost in his intellectual musings and in the sonatas that he plays on his piano.

January 2009 - Human Nature In Danger

January 01, 2009
The patient transmission of ancestral knowledge, the priceless wisdom accumulated through the generations, has broken down - or, more precisely, it was voluntarily broken, as we have said in previous letters. The sacred authority of the parents, which should naturally have been a model for the child, was cruelly lacking. The child easily criticizes authority under any form and, involuntarily, develops a marked inclination to isolate and turn upon himself, thus contradicting his very nature, since man is a social being.

December 2008 - Stolen Childhood (Part 2)

December 01, 2008
Paternity and maternity did not survive the assault of the Revolution. We heard their death-knell in our previous letter. The times are over when one could see a father endowed with a sacred authority and a mother haloed by affection, leaning over on the infant's cradle and taking care of his education. We could from now on write upon many of these cradles the extremely sad words, "father and mother unknown."  

October 2008 - "By Seeing Everything..."

November 01, 2008
The world, as far as the human eye can see, has always been prey to violent upheavals. Wars, injustices, natural disasters, famines and other catastrophes, natural or provoked, weave the sad history of mankind. However, the world continues to turn: people marry, raise their children, plow their ground, build their homes, all involved in the beautiful occupation of being men, in spite of their weaknesses and the obstacles in life.