Holy Rosary in front to Our Lady of Vladimir – The Bishop’s Icon.No 2

“John,

I brought the icon home last night and I am soooo happy to have it. Our Lady is beautiful and the colours of orange, brown and blue are perfect. It is a privilege and I would like to keep it for ever!!!
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God bless “
A Family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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A Family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel  pray Holy Rosary at their Home ..from 05.09.18 ….

On Sunday – 26.08.2018, Bishop Richard Williamson sent the Holy Icon for the homes of  all Traditional Catholics of the RESISTANCE in England, to pray Holy Rosary in front of “Window of Heaven”.

Let us be united and receive good fruits from the way of our prayer.

 John G.

https://fsspxranglia.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/further-celebrations-for-bishop-williamsons-30th-episcopal-anniversary/

 

https://fsspxranglia.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/our-lady-of-vladimir-holy-icon/

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Our Lady of Vladimir   Holy  Icon

 

Our Lady of Vladimir   Holy  Icon

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Blessed by His  Excellency Richard Williamson

26th day  of August  in the year of Our Lord

two thousand and eighteen

 

 

An ICON is not a picture ̴ Holy Tradition says that an ICON is the written Word, a part of the Bible, a window to heaven. It is not painted, but written.

By having The ICON in the home, we are privileged to have a visitation from Our Holy Mary.

 

John Godrich

Dominicans visit Prague and Poland

 

Report from the Visit of the Dominican Fathers from Avrillé in Prague (2018)
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The Dominican Fathers devote themselves to various activities within their apostolate. They preach and serve Holy Mass wherever they are invited; at their abbey in Avrillé they run a school for boys; they act as teachers at the seminary of the Priestly Society of  the Apostles of Jesus and Mary  lead by Bishop Faure. In addition to all of this they also manage and administer the Third Order of Saint Dominic, especially in France, but also elsewhere in the world.
As part of their concern for the Third Order, two fathers from the Avrillé convent – Fathers Maria-Laurentius and Hyacint-Maria – travelled to Czechia and Poland. And so we had the opportunity to welcome them from Sept. 1st until Sept. 3rd, 2018, between us and to refresh ourselves with the treasures of the Catholic Faith and the sacraments in the traditional Dominican rite.
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The Fathers decided to organize a one-day recollection on the topic of the glorious mysteries of the Sacred Rosary. Given the smaller number of local tertiaries, a wider affiliated public was also invited. The whole event took place in the Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross and of St. Helena in Stodůlky, Prague, and the first day was attended by almost 30 participants. It is necessary to emphasize the resolve of some faithful who came from more distant places, such as southern Moravia and nearby Slovakia, only to receive the sacraments and hear the preaching of the Dominican fathers. During the day, the Fathers made four lectures on the Resurrection of the Lord, the Ascension of the Lord, the Pentecost, and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, where they always first reminded of the sequence of events, and then showed the lessons that this mystery gives to us faithful.
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Fr. Hyacint-Maria, OP
On Saturday evening, Father Maria-Laurentius served the Holy Mass in the traditional Dominican rite, during which he gave an incentive sermon about Saint Joseph in Czech – the Fathers had had their sermons translated into Czech beforehand so that the Holy Mass was not interrupted by a simultaneous interpreting.
Immediately after the Holy Mass, the Fathers exposed the Blessed Sacrament to adoration by the faithful, and the day of the spiritual retreat culminated with the Holy blessing.
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On the second day the participants of the event partially changed but again there were just over 30 faithful. Father Hyacint-Maria served the sung morning Holy Mass of the 15th Sunday after the Pentecost, and gave a very incentive sermon on what the death teaches us. After the Holy Mass, there was an hour-long lecture on Saint Vincent Ferrer as well.
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Fr. Maria-Laurentius, OP
 
On Sunday evening and on Monday morning (after the early private Holy Masses), the Fathers visited the sacred places of Prague – they prayed at the Infant Jesus of Prague, visited the Church of St. Giles, St. Vitus and other important churches and places of pilgrimage in Prague, some of which are historically connected directly with their order.
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Church of St. Giles
Fathers have shown a special passion for our country and a great concern for its faithful. They were also keenly interested in the situation of Tradition and especially of the Catholic movement of “Resistance” in our country and of all the faithful individually as well as together. In order to illustrate this fact, it is sufficient to say that both of them have already started with the learning of the Czech language to be able to serve the faithful even more efficiently during another visit, if God wills
On Tuesday morning, the Fathers continued on their way to Poland. May God pay them back for their dedicated service. May God also pay back to all those who helped with the organization of the visit – to all who secured the possibility of using the chapel, who lent the sacred vessels including the monstrance, and helped to obtain comfortable and dignified accommodation for the reverend Fathers, and also helped with prayers, financially or else.

Liberalism is a Killer

 

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Next month includes (August 4) the 100th anniversary of the election to the Papacy of Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto, i.e. St. Pius X, patron of our Priestly Society. Digging out for a colleague a past Seminary Letter on the true charity of Pius X, I see that in August of 1996 I told briefly the story of his clash with Cardinal Ferrari of Milan, but I did not draw out all the implications. The problem is central to our times. In honour of St. Pius, let me tell the story again, still more briefly, with a secular parallel from the post-war United States.

In 1910, three years after the appearance of Pope Pius X’s great anti-modernist Encyclical letter “Pascendi”, two loyal Italian Monsignors, The Scotton Brothers, published in their anti-modernist review an article declaring – not without foundation – that the Seminary in Cardinal Ferrari’s Archdiocese of Milan was “a seed-bed of modernism”, i.e. of that mother of all heresies which preserves the appearances of Catholicism but empties out the substance, in order to adapt the Catholic Church to the modern world.

The Cardinal was indignant. How could a supposedly Catholic journal so attack the honour and integrity of the Seminary Professors and their Superiors, including himself? When Pius X replied through his Cardinal De Lai, amongst other things, that there was not a little modernism in the archdiocese of Milan, the Liberals profited by the controversy to create a media uproar. In early March, both parties appealed to Rome, and Cardinal Ferrari defended the Liberal Catholic paper of Milan, “The Union”, because he sensed it was being called in question.

At the end of March, Pius X wrote himself to the Cardinal, saying that the modernism provoking the Scotton brothers in the archdiocese of Milan might not be doctrinal but it was practical, i.e. good doctrine might be taught, but it was not being applied in practice, for instance when so many of the Milan clergy supported “The Union”, a newspaper leaving much to be desired from a Catholic point of view. Yet less than three weeks after receiving this letter, the Cardinal vigorously defended “The Union” in front of his Milan seminarians, and said that this defense was in accordance with the Pope’s will! When Pius X learned of the Cardinal’s reaction, he was scandalized and deeply hurt: here was a Cardinal deceiving his future priests as to the will of the Pope, so that they would soon be spreading Liberal ideas throughout the Archdiocese in the name of the Pope! When in turn the Cardinal learned of the Pope’s reaction, he replied with a flood of tears, and now I must quote the August 1996 letter in full:

“He was broken-hearted to have offended the Pope. He was humiliated. He would be saddened to the end of his days. He begged forgiveness. He never meant to hurt the Pope. He never said a word disrespectful to the Pope, etc., etc… As for what he said to his seminarians, he never meant it to be copied down or published. All he meant to say was that “The Union” should go on improving. There had been no significant scandal in the Archdiocese. He was ready to take back anything he said, and would come to Rome if necessary. When Pius X read this letter, he replied that there had in fact been great scandal in the Milan Archdiocese because the Cardinal’s defense of “The Union” had been clear, and clearly understood. So let the Cardinal correct the scandal by conveying the Pope’s real thinking to all concerned, but let him not come to Rome.

“This last instruction was intended to calm the agitation, so that the controversy might die a quiet death, but the Liberals turned it into a refusal of the Pope to listen to his Cardinals! Thus when on the death of Pius X Cardinal Ferrari went down to Rome for the conclave to elect his successor, to an Italian senator remarking on the people’s emotion and veneration for the deceased Pope, the Cardinal sternly replied: “Yes, but he will have to give an account to God for the way in which he would abandon his bishops in the face of accusations being made against them”! Truly, as Msgr. Begnini said, Cardinal Ferrari had understood nothing.”

Now what are the implications that I did not spell out in 1996? Between Pius X and Cardinal Ferrari we have a clash between two worlds: one of Catholic reality, of man serving God; the other of Liberal dreamery, of God serving man. Pius X is concerned with the issues, the Cardinal is concerned with personal feelings. Pius X worries that the good doctrine is not put into practice in Milan; that the Cardinal’s defending “The Union” would spread liberal ideas; that the Cardinal should straighten out the scandal of mistaken thinking. On the contrary the Cardinal takes the Scotton accusation as a personal attack upon his subordinates and himself; when the Pope is scandalized by his defense of “The Union”, he is overcome with personal feelings (“broken-hearted”, “humiliated”, “saddened”) and fanfares his good intentions: when the Pope does not want to see him, he feels personally betrayed (“abandoned”) by his Superior.

There is a famous quotation of the arch-Romantic English poet, John Keats (1795-1821):- “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination” (Letter to Benjamin Bailey). Now when a young poet in a Revolutionary age allows his feelings and imagination to take over, that is, in a manner of speaking, his prerogative. But when an eminent Prince of the Catholic Church allows questions of doctrine to be overtaken in his mind by the conviction of the holiness of his own heart’s affections, then we are in trouble! The Revolution is taking over the Church, and the Catholic Faith is being washed out. Sure enough! – the Pius X – Cardinal Ferrari clash was finally resolved in 2001 when Pope John Paul II beatified Cardinal Ferrari! In effect, he was declaring the Cardinal’s affections to be Blessed! A Catholic Saint? A saint of the world of Keats!

The secular parallel from the post-war United States is the clash which took place in Washington , D.C., in the late 1940’s between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss. Whittaker Chambers’ book “Witness” is a classic of U.S. history, culture and literature, which should be studied in every American school, but because it refuses the modern dream, it is disappearing down the memory hole. Chambers was not a Catholic, but he had real and deep insight into the soul of modern man.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1901, and reared in a more or less unhappy middle-class home on Long Island, NY, Chambers had a serious and searching mind which led him as a university student in the 1920’s to tour Europe’s centers of culture in pursuit of an answer to what seemed to him a grave crisis of Western Civilization. But post-WWI Europe had no answer either, which is why in the 1930’s, like many another desperate young man, he joined the Communist Party. Within the Communist underground which he served with distinction for several years, he met and befriended an equally brilliant rising D.C. bureaucrat, by name Alger Hiss. The two worked together, until Stalin’s Great Purge in 1937 and 1938 opened Chambers’ eyes and drove him out of the Communist Party and out of Communism. He went to ground until the Communists no longer risked killing him, and had quietly re-surfaced in the late 1940’s as a journalist with “Time” in New York. Meanwhile Alger Hiss had gone on to make a brilliant wartime and post-war career in Washington, partaking for instance at the highest level in the Conference of Yalta and in the constituting of the United Nations.

Chambers and Hiss met again in August of 1948 when Chambers stepped forward out of his obscurity into blazing publicity in D.C. to give witness that Hiss, while in the US Department of State, had helped to transmit confidential government documents to the Russians. Hiss denied that he had ever even met Chambers! But Hiss was finally convicted of perjury in January of 1950, and sentenced to a five-year prison term. He died only a few years ago, still protesting his innocence, remaining no doubt still convinced of the holiness of his heart’s affections! Chambers died a sad man in 1961, sure that his cause was doomed to perish.

The Chambers-Hiss clash was again a clash between two worlds, between two Americas. As Pius X represented the centuries-old true Church while Cardinal Ferrari represented in effect the looming Church of Vatican II, so the dumpy little Chambers represented all the decent little folk across the United States while Hiss, darling of the DC and NY Establishment, represented the Liberal-Communist march towards the New World Order. When Chambers quit Communism, without the Catholic Faith, he clearly saw that he was joining the losing side. His agonizing decision to testify against Hiss was a noble but desperate gesture, made in the hope of obtaining for civilization no more than a slight reprieve. In this Chambers succeeded when we think of US anti-communism in the 1950’s, but, of course, anti-communism without the Catholic Faith has no long future, so by the 1960’s the Liberal-Communist march to the Brave New World was more irreversible than ever.

Insights abound in Chambers’ “Witness” but here are two that could come straight out of pre-Vatican II Papal Encyclicals: communism is a religious problem, and all liberals are virtual communists. That is why, regardless of the truth or facts of the case, the DC-NY Establishment of liberals rallied to a man behind Hiss, because they knew that if he was condemned, so were they, and their substitute-religion of liberalism. That is why, to this day, they will maintain that Hiss was innocent, just as Pope John Paul II innocented Cardinal Ferrari.

Dear readers, the whole world can go the way of Alger Hiss, and nearly all the churchmen can go the way of Cardinal Ferrari, but God remains God and He is neither deceived nor mocked. We may for the moment be like crushed beneath the juggernaut-dream of Alger Hiss and Vatican II, but it will come to an end, whereas God will not come to an end. Patience. Prayer. Tradition is gently stirring again in many a Catholic breast.

Let us pray that the Precious Blood of Jesus descend in July as a laver of regeneration upon more and more souls.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

P.S. Watch out for August’s Letter, my last from the Seminary. It will be a poem!

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The Power of Darkness

 

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

In this hour of the Devil “and the power of darkness” (Luke XXI, 9) as we see all around us the seemingly unchecked advance of “all seduction of iniquity” (II Thess. II 10), seducing the best of men and even of Priests into doing wrong while apparently convinced they are doing right, we must on Our Lord’s own instructions, not judge if we would not be judged (Matt. VII,) we must overcome evil with good (Matt.V, 44) and we must be patient (Luke XXI 9).

 God has willed to allow this Passion of His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, just as He willed to allow the Passion of the physical body of His only-begotten Son; out of the latter came our Redemption, out of the former, according to many signs, will come in God’s good time an unparalleled triumph ,of His Catholic Church. This we must believe, and we must wait, patiently praying for the Holy Father, the Head of the Catholic Hierarchy, who alone can redress Our Lord’s Church which He Himself made. May God deign to liberate the Pope from all his enemies, internal and external!

Nevertheless, Our Lord in that same hour of darkness told us not only to pray but also to watch (Matt XXVI, 41). In the anguish made universal inside the Catholic Church by these troubles at its very summit, countless Catholics are being deceived into quitting the Church. Many are falling into Protestant sects, becoming Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses; others repudiate Protestantism and wish to remain Catholic. By repudiating also virtually all of the present Catholic hierarchy, they too run a grave risk of cutting themselves off from the vine and of quitting the Catholic Church, notably the “sedevacantists” for whom the See of Rome is vacant, i.e. we have no Pope.

Here is the true heart of the dispute between Archbishop Lefebvre and the nine Priests from the North who quit the Society of St. Pius X. This dispute is continuing to cause confusion and bitter dissension amongst many faithful Catholics, and here is where we must watch. On separate sheets, readers may follow the arguments in court in August of this year of Fr. Kelly and his Attorney. They can watch him arguing his way out of the Society, which is part of the Catholic Church, and into civil Corporations dependent merely upon himself and his colleagues. In contrast to this version of the Society fabricated by Fr. Kelly, the foot-note on those sheets which sets out what has always been the Archbishop’s position, according to which all priests belonging to the Society and all who follow them are securely inside the Church and under its jurisdiction, outside of which there is no salvation. But how can the same be said now saying he deliberately placed outside the of these Corporations realize where they are for civil corporations which Fr. Kelly is jurisdiction of the Church? Do followers being led?

These court-room arguments and the similar flow of equally misleading propaganda from Oyster Bay, show that Fr. Kelly and his colleagues and followers through failing to distinguish between the official Church, vine of Our Lord, and the Conciliar Church, gangrened with heresy, are at the very least in grave danger of schism. Now the danger of heresy inherent in the Novus Ordo Missae excuses Catholics from the obligation of attending it, and once they are aware of the danger, obliges them not to attend it. It follows that Catholics aware of this ever more real danger of schism in the Masses celebrated by Fr. Kelly and his colleagues, are obliged not to attend them.

On a more positive note, there are also enclosed details of the early visit of Archbishop Lefebvre to his flock in the Northern United States. These details have been so long in suspense because only in the last few days have a brave group of Long Islanders decided to go ahead with the purchase in Farmingville of a large building for a Church, highly suitable for Ordinations and Confirmations. Let traditional Catholics come in large numbers to this grand occasion where the Archbishop will also consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady. By showing their loyalty and affection to the Archbishop, they will warm again his heart chilled on his last visit!

In conclusion, many thanks from all of us at the Seminary to all of you who have pledged your regular support. We need still more help, but you will have a report next month when most of the Pledge Cards have come in.

Meanwhile may Almighty God bless you and may Our Lady protect you!

Fr. Richard Williamson

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. No 1.

 

The parable of ‘the children of this world’ vs. ‘the children of Light’

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 Luke 16: 1 – 13

In this parable, the rogue Steward acted out his deceit with shrewd thinking; the rogue debtors eagerly complied; the rogue Master praised the actions! To his disciples chagrin, Jesus held up such action as an example the children of light would do well to follow, the lesson being, that if only the church would seek after the pathway to eternal life, with the same determination and fervour, as does the world seek after temporal pleasures, they would surely attain their end!

The world WORKS to enter into riches, glory and honor, but does the church WORK to enter into the life of God, bringing Him glory and honour?

If we, His disciples, were to calculate the hours we spend in the pursuit and protection of our earthly comforts, vs. that of the safety and sanctity of our souls, how sad the calculation; how sadly unprotected and unsanctified would be our souls! This ought not to be, and must not now, be allowed to be. LET US ACT; UNITED. LET US REDRESS THE BALANCE. LET US FIGHT with fervour, everything in this world that robs us of our time spent with God! Let we, His church, fulfil our Lord’s expectation of us through this teaching, and let us prove, by our ACTION, our “trustworthiness of much” because we have been “trustworthy of a little”. Let Him say of this Confraternity “Well done, thou good and faithful servants!”. And let us always, in all things, be aware of His final warning in this passage: that we not serve money and material things; but God, and things eternal. That we not allow “the deceitfulness of riches” and worldly comforts, to enter our hearts and find a home there. That we not allow “other things to choke” or steal those precious hours or moments that could have been spent in the enrichment of our souls; by prayer, by praise, by our Godly ACTION.

True service in the household of God can never be half-hearted or part-time. To be “a slave to Christ” is to have no life outside the will of our Maker; Our Lord; Our King Does Christ reign in our hearts in ALL things, or in only those things that our busy worldly lives find convenient?

…To “follow Me” is never convenient to this world…

 

John Godrich