Our Lady of Lourdes
"I am the Immaculate Conception"

 

Thou art the glory of Jerusalem,
thou art the joy of Israel,
thou art the honor of our people.

Judith xv, 10 -- Tract,
Mass of the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary

 

 

 

ATTEMPTS ARE AFOOT TO MAKE THE VISIBLE FOUNDATION OF UNITY, THE POPE, INVISIBLE

 

Recently the Successor of Peter has been the object of unprecedented outrage. It is unprecedented because part of the cause of the outrage has its origin among those who should be closest to the Supreme Pontiff.

 

The Directors and spiritual guides of the National Coalition of Clergy and Laity apostolate, therefore, propose at least one day of reparation and petition leading to the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11th February.


In reparation, one could, e.g.: 1.) request holy Mass to be offered for the intention; 2.) offer one's own suffering/s for a prescribed period for the intention; 3.) fast for a time; 4.) give an alms, or offer up some other pious act - for instance at work or school -
in a spirit of humble sacrifice.


In petition, one could, e.g.: 1.) assist at holy Mass praying also in reparation
2.) offer one's personal or family prayers, such as the holy Rosary or a novena to Our Blessed Lady of Lourdes.


If you agree to this proposal, it would be helpful to give this the greatest publicity (no need to mention NCCL by name). All good Catholics should make reparation, since outrage against the Vicar of Christ is a grave offense against Our Lord Jesus Christ.  Moreover, faithful Catholics must storm heaven, and be seen to do so, asking Our Blessed Mother to protect the Vicar of her divine Son, Our Lord and Saviour.

 

In our humble opinion, this will have much greater effects than any other thing we might do.  This should not exclude other emergency expressions of loyalty to the Holy Father.  It should, however, take pride of place.


That is because we must be particularly uneasy about a neo-Pelagian spirit with which a certain type of Catholic attempts to defend the Church.  We form part of the Church Militant not because we fight or engage in battle with her, the Church’s, enemies, but because we wage war against the “old man” which the Apostle Paul reminds us is in each one of us.  Until we kill, with divine grace, the “old man,” the “new man” in us remains paralytic.  We conquer and overcome the world, with Christ, insofar as we allow the world to see Him in (each one of) us.  For that is part of the starting point of the Catholic apostolate in our lives, as taught by the French Trappist abbot, Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard (cf. Soul of the Apostolate):

 

The evangelization of people is but a result of one’s inner life of union with God.”

 

The Incarnation and the Redemption establish Jesus as the Source, and the only Source, of this divine life which all men are called upon to share... Failure on the part of the apostle, to realise this principle, and the illusion that he could produce the slightest trace of supernatural life without borrowing every bit of it from Jesus Christ, would lead us to believe that his ignorance of theology was equaled only by his stupid self-conceit.

 

Soul of the Apostolate

 by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, Abbot of Notre Dame de Sept-Fons

 

In the hours and days to come, we shall be posting on the NCCL website news and explanations of the recent outrage brought on by the Pope's gracious lifting of the excommunications of the Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X.

Incidentally, Archbishop Lefebvre gave pride of place to the writings of Dom Chautard.  Few people know that although he came from a rich family, initially the future Archbishop wanted to become a Trappist laybrother.  Born not far from the Abbey of Mont des Cats, in the Pas de Calais, the Archbishop‘s cousin was a monk in that Trappist monastery.