Rector's letters

December 2006 - Stopping at Bethlehem

December 01, 2006
Peace is a sign of the action of God; its absence is evidence of satanic action. God acts witfh measure, calm, order, as the sovereign Master from whom nothing escapes. The devil, blinded by his rebellion and enslaved by his pride, breathes hatred and revenge, and in each one of his interventions intends only to spread his venom.

November 2006 - The Flight of the Sparrows

November 01, 2006
A brutal detonation tears through the silence of a calm summer day. Driven by the instinct for self-preservation, the sparrows fly away hastily from the branch on which they were perching peacefully until then. It would be difficult to say how many times we have seen this scene, so common in the countryside. But it should be less common in church; unfortunately, it is not! It happens there all the time, and no one seems to be astonished or scandalized by it. Although it is true that the sparrows in church are of a particular kind, since they are, in fact, the parishioners.

October 2006 - "Quo vadis, Domine?"

October 01, 2006
The state of the Church, of the world and men's minds cannot be described. Public and private sins cry to Heaven for justice and the arm of the divine Son of Our Lady of La Salette becomes heavier. Ignominy has become the rule, vulgarity reigns as master, perversion is taught officially. Intelligence has become sterile, the will weak, leaders renegades, families disrupted and man is nothing more than an avid consumer of pleasures.

September 2006 - Acceptance, Oblation...

September 01, 2006
"Accept everything," wrote St. Joan of Arc the day before her torment. "Accept everything: it must be done so. Do not have any concern regarding your martyrdom: you will come finally to the kingdom of Paradise." Such is the beautiful attitude of a soul whose sight goes beyond contingent events to rest only on its ultimate end, making the light of eternity its only criterion of judgment. Such should be the fundamental attitude of a Christian heart. It is summarized in the three words that one of our fellow priests, Fr. Henri La Praz, liked to repeat at the end of his life of suffering: "To accept, to offer and to give thanks."

August 2006 - Some News and Many New!

August 01, 2006
Here is some news from the Seminary. Four young priests received the priestly unction from His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay on June 23rd. As the ordinations took place on a Friday, fifty-nine priests were able to attend the ceremony and have the joy of imposing hands on the newly ordained. They were also able to stay after the ceremony and attend the first masses the following day. Since the number of faithful present did not diminish, next year ordinations will take place, God willing, on Friday, June 22nd, 2007.

July 2006 - "Stop Looking at Yourself!"

July 01, 2006
"Stop looking at yourself!" Such is the judicious advice that St Augustine gives us. Indeed, a man who looks at himself always betrays a secret and unhealthy complacency regarding himself. If he abandons himself to this pernicious failing, he is slowly poisoned and contracts an incurable disease, a spiritual leukemia that drains the living forces of his soul and leads him to death.

June 2006 - Joy through Faith

June 01, 2006
"What should we say to men?" wondered Antoine de Saint Exupéry, as he suffered to see his contemporaries deceived by the fallacious promises of hedonism. It is, indeed, quite difficult to speak to those men who, believing that happiness can be reduced to pleasure, turn the latter into the only reason for their existence. Blinded, they are unable to realize that pleasure is only a means used by our sensitive nature to help us in the pursuit of happiness. Thus, if we seek pleasure for itself, become satisfied with what it gives us, and remain there, we introduce a deadly confusion between end and means. This confusion rapidly provokes a radical incapacity to think and to will.

May 2006 - The Dangers of "Positive Thinking"

May 01, 2006
Man tries to confront the difficulties of life by listening to the sirens' voices that announce better days to come or by defending illusory humanitarian ideals. He consoles himself by thinking that man is good, because Rousseau said so and because this dark nonsense has become the new creed of our century! Faith, hope and charity - today lost - are now replaced by the revolutionary doctrines of Rousseau, by optimism and humanitarianism. The Revolution itself is, in fact, a religious matter, despite those who want to see in it only a secularistic notion of human life. This new religion finds its most adequate expression in the concept of "positive thinking."

April 2006 - Courtesy, The Flower of Charity

April 01, 2006
Today's arrogant sloppiness represents the last stage of a progression in which man, intoxicated by a shameless freedom, shows in broad daylight his turpitude and makes it weigh heavily on others. This indecent display is translated into an instinctive loathing of politeness, which is instantaneously and radically put aside, as is proven by the contempt commonly shown for any external sign of courtesy.

March 2006 - A Question of Interpretation

March 01, 2006
Having been, as young Fr. Ratzinger, the talented expert of Cardinal Frings during Vatican II, Benedict XVI may be rightly considered as one of the key architects of this Council. The address to the Roman Curia, delivered by the Holy Father on December 22, 2005, gives us an authorized interpretation of the Council, forty years after its closing.