Rector's letters

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.

February 2006 - To Hell, by Little Steps

February 01, 2006
Satan has only one goal: to tarnish the glory of God by damning souls. Untiring, he pursues his savage and blind hatred of man. He is busy going after his ends by subjugating our hearts through the portrayal of attractive scenes that seduce them all too easily. The devil takes care to disguise himself and is thus able to spy on us at his leisure. He knows our weaknesses better than anybody else and his experience in this combat enables him to provide very seductive temptations, thus deceiving souls that hardly suspect that, behind the seduction of the moment, hides a most obstinate adversary.

January 2006 - Let Us Not Forget Benjamin!

January 01, 2006
Released from our sins by sacramental absolution and ready for new combats, we leave the confessional in peace. But, alas, very soon we fall again into our habitual faults. The devil, always lying in wait, tries to discourage us, so that we give up the practice of confession under the fallacious pretext that it is useless – aren't our relapses the evident proof ? However, we cannot doubt either the efficacy of the sacrament or our upright intention when, filled with contusion for having dared to oppose the Divine Majesty, we accused ourselves before the tribunal of God without making excuses, determined not to offend Him again in the future.

December 2005 - Progress - A Mirage

December 01, 2005
As another year comes to an end, we reflect upon the passage of time, the succession of events, the multiplicity of changes in our lives and our world. Year follows year, historical cycle follows historical cycle, but one reality always endures: the total opposition between the Christian spirit and the spirit of the world. Affirmed by Christ Himself, stressed by Saint Paul and taught by Saint Augustine, this opposition is not lessened by time. On the contrary, time accelerates and accentuates it.

November 2005 - Credidimus Caritati

November 01, 2005
Credidimus Caritati – We have believed in Love. The episcopal motto chosen by Archbishop Lefebvre describes him perfectly. He was, indeed, a man of profound faith, a lively faith that established him in God, in that center of love that is the Holy Trinity. Credidimus Caritati, we have believed in the love of God for us and our whole life carries its seal. We believe that the love of God nailed Our Lord Jesus Christ upon the infamous gibbet of the Cross, so that His death could repair the divine honor, ridiculed by the sins of men. We believe that the Divine Love used this instrument of torture to conquer and reign. Finally, we believe that the love of God expects that we seek to establish the reign of Christ in individuals, families and societies, by tirelessly preaching Jesus and Jesus crucified.

October 2005 - The Lieutenant of Christ

October 01, 2005
The City of Man, carefully built by the devil, does not offer to the soul any opportunity to recuperate its forces, nor to look forward with anticipation or enthusiasm. On the contrary, the visibly triumphant hedonism of our days anesthetizes the soul with its deadly poisons, taking away the visible traces of the divine Presence. But this Presence remains a reality that cannot be erased by all the sniggering demons of Hell, as it is based on the promise of Our Lord Jesus Christ: "I will be with you. I will not leave you orphaned."

September 2005 - From Rumors to Tumors

September 01, 2005
Tribulation always takes us by surprise and hurts us, whatever it may be – the brutal loss of a loved one, an accident, a contradiction, an error, the consequences of our own sins... Then we fail to control the violent emotions that agitate us. Blinded by grief, we are distraught, and, adding to our confusion, an interior voice repeats a nagging "why?" Shut up in our deep affliction, shaken by the roaring flood of our emotions and subject to the tyrannical power of our own imagination, we are impotent to answer that painful question.

August 2005 - Summer News

August 01, 2005
The month of August is traditionally a quiet one at the Seminary with only the week long retreat preached to priests changing somewhat the peaceful passing of the days. Vacation time allows us the opportunity of sharing with you some news concerning the Seminary. In July two Ignatian retreats were preached at the Seminary. Two priest Seminary staff members took one each, aided by a deacon.

June 2005 - "O Lord, Grant Us..."

July 01, 2005
"Leave a parish without priests, and in thirty years time men will adore the beasts." The degrading spectacle that our world offers us daily confirms the truth of these words of the Saint Curé of Ars. It would be dangerous, though, to assume that the disastrous absence of priests affects only others, and not us. Memory brings to mind the lyrics of a French song that, already twenty years ago, remarked on this tragic loss and its frightening consequences: "Where is the cassock by which the man of God was respectfully recognized as he passed by?" The priest has disappeared, and with him a living testimony of the existence of God. Nothing is left to remind men of sacred realities. The lives of many pass away in increasing coarseness, and the adoration of God has yielded its place to the adoration of Man and his unassailable "Rights." Modern man is not content with adoring beasts, as the pagans did, but has reduced himself to their level.