God’s Sense of Humour?

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http://aveclimmaculee.blogspot.fr/2013/11/100-groupes-de-resistance.html

 

God has a sense of humour. Many heroic stories in the Old Testament have a humorous side to them. For example, judging the worthiness of a soldier by the method he uses to drink water is rather funny. Or, having the child David use his slingshot against an experienced warrior  – and getting away with it – is even funnier!
 

For those who are in the mood to hear a funny story, here is one called ‘The Battle of the Pins’. Unfortunately, we cannot find any historical proof to verify it, but it is fondly remembered and given to us by a Traditional Catholic:

 

The Battle of the Pins


 

In England of years gone by, there was a time when Catholics were prevented from going to church for political reasons. The guards stood in front of the church door preventing regular worship from taking place. Because the Catholic men prudently cooperated and duly stayed away from church, the women decided to take matters into their own hands. At a special signal, the women removed a pin from their hats and, pin in hand, walked fast towards the church door, each jabbing a guard in the arm. The guards screamed in pain and, in the general confusion that followed, the women ran inside the church, thereby encouraging their menfolk to throw prudence to the wind and to join them inside the church. Victory was won, and the people regained their right to enter their church!
 
The Battle of the Pins proved that wit and ingenuity were stronger than prudence and fear.  But, more importantly, the Battle of the Pins proved that a mere hatpin – about 8 cm long and intended to hold hats and veils in women’s hair – was an instrument humorously used by God to get the people back on track.

 

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I would like to conclude with a story that is not quite so funny but again illustrates that God can use ‘little Davids’ to get His point across.
 
The fact that communism was ousted from Brazil is well known, but what is not so well known is how it was ousted:

 

At one point in the history of Brazil, the capital of Sao Paulo was taken over by communist leaders. The people were against communism but did not know what to do. The solution came from the Catholic women, who, with their children, took to the streets, praying the Rosary loudly for three days. Many people joined the women with the result that the streets of Sao Paulo looked like waves of people praying the Rosary. The result was that the communists packed up and left the country.
 
So once again, God uses methods that seem unusual or even funny in order to encourage us and to accomplish what seems humanly impossible.
 

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Like Gideon’s soldiers, let us do our part, and God will provide the victory!

 

Sister Constance


SSPX-Marian Corps Toronto

As of today, we have changed the name of our website (the address remains the same) to “SSPX-Marian Corps Toronto”.  This change has been done to reflect a couple of reasons:

 

1) The work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Catholic Tradition is no longer carried forward by the Society of St. Pius X under Bishop Bernard Fellay.  It is now being carried by former priests of the Society of St. Pius X who have been either expelled or have left on their own.  A few of these priests have officially taken on the name “SSPX-Marian Corps“, including Frs. Joseph Pfeiffer, David Hewko, and Francois Chazal.  Since these priests carry forward the work of Archbishop Lefebvre and since Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer is the missionary pastor of Our Lady of Good Success Chapel in Toronto, we deemed it only appropriate to make the website name change.

2) We have restricted the geographical boundary name to Toronto (which includes the Greater Toronto Area) because when this website was first established there were no other formally established Resistance groups within Canada.  However, we now have Fr. Patrick Girouard and his group in British Columbia and another separate group in Quebec.

 

Let us face it.  Barring a miracle, there is no hope left for the Society of St. Pius X under Bishop Fellay.  It is toast in the fight for Catholic Tradition.  We have tried to fight against the changes, but by now most people, priests and laity, have made their decision on whose side they are on.  It is too bad that most SSPX priests have let us down and continue to give a false obedience to Bishop Fellay, but we must move on.  God will be their judge.  As far as we are concerned, the Society of St. Pius X under Bishop Fellay are in the same class as other pseudo-Traditional groups, such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and the Institute of Christ the King.  Our battle must now go beyond just the Society of St. Pius X under Bishop Fellay and include anybody or anything anti-Catholic.

 

For the Reign of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts!


Saints In Action

The book Saints In Action by William Thomas Walsh is of particular interest to anyone who is seeking the truth. The following quotes, taken from Walsh’s study on St Athanasius, are relevant to our situation today.

 

As the council [of Nicea] opened its 318 members fell roughly into three groups. More than two hundred of the bishops were busy men who wanted to think with the Church but had very little awareness of what the doctrine of Arius signified or how dangerous it might be, and might be swayed to one side or the other. The Arians numbered not more than a score; but their leaders were shrewd and unscrupulous, seeking power rather than money and advantage of entering the conclave with a carefully prepared program. The opposition was another small minority of not over thirty, under the leadership of Bishop Alexander, who was so bowed down with years and infirmities that nothing very bold or vigorous was expected from him (page 178).

 

The same three types of groups were clearly present at Vatican II and again are visible in the SSPX. History merely repeats itself.

 

[Emperor Constantine] made a farewell address in which he begged them [the bishops] all to forgive and forget their differences, and to labor by good example to bring sincere converts into the Church. “Some join for what they can get,” he said, “some for preferment, some to obtain charitable aid, some for the sake of friendship. The true lovers of sound argument are few in number: truly rare is the friend of truth. Yet he went on to say that Christians should be accommodating and compromising rather than unyielding and fanatical. It is doubtful whether Constantine ever understood that Christianity tends to wither away under compromise and to flourish when it is most unyielding (pages 183-184).

 

It seems that this is not the time to compromise or to breathe a sigh of relief that the SSPX has not signed an agreement with Rome, but rather to continue studying and adhering to the True Faith. Doctrine may seem unaccommodating and uncompromising and, at times, even unyielding and fanatical, but we can never compromise. St. Athanasius knew that, as did William Thomas Walsh. Thank God for these heroic men!

 

Please note that William Thomas Walsh is the author of many splendid books on Catholic History. Check www.amazon.com and www.abebooks.com

 

The paragraphs referenced are from W. T. Walsh’s Saints In Action, 1961 Edition.

 

Sister Constance


Eucharistic Miracle in Alberta

This story was given to me by a Catholic friend. A quick search on the internet to try to corroborate the story turned up sites that were not Traditional. Because of that, I was almost tempted to dismiss the story. Then, when visiting with another friend, I related the story and wondered if a serious investigation had ever been conducted by the local bishop. My friend suggested that, already before Vatican II, bishops downplayed or ignored miracles as miracles did not fit in with their ecumenical agenda.

 

In an attempt to verify that this miracle did take place, we contacted someone who is putting together a book about the miracle and about the life of the priest connected with the miracle. Another person, who knew the priest, confirmed that the present-day bishops are not in favour of hearing about miracles in their dioceses and have done all they could to destroy belief in this miracle.

 

If anyone has further information about this miracle or on the impact that it had on the parish, please contact us.

 

Sister Constance

 

 

 

Eucharistic miracle in Alberta, Canada

 

On July 18, 1946, Father Gino C. Violini stood before a small wooden church in a little town nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies in Southern Alberta. St. Joseph’s was a forlorn, nearly-abandoned little mission church.

 

A small group of people gathered around this man dressed in mourning. They said they didn’t need a priest; Cowley didn’t need a priest, and if it ever came to pass that they needed one, they would inform Bishop Carroll of the fact. Furthermore, they didn’t want to see him reading his breviary, and he could get rid of that cassock.

 

He celebrated his first Mass at St. Joseph’s the following Sunday. There were nine people in the pews. Well, he had to start somewhere, and he delivered the best sermon ever, in his opinion, to those nine people. The following Sunday, there were only four who had come to adore their God.
 
The next two years were not crowned with success. The collection was laughable. He could afford a loaf of bread which he’d cut into seven parts, one part for each day of the week, and feasted on dandelion salad. Winter is an especially cruel season in Cowley, and he’d find his blankets snow covered when he awoke in the morning, as the rectory walls were split open from the many seasons that had dried and shrunk the logs apart. His first Christmas collection was a dollar and thirteen cents. The church was no warmer than the rectory, so the water would freeze in the cruets, even though he placed them on a little coal stove.
 
Father had had it. One day he sat down and wrote a sixteen-page letter, addressed to Bishop Francis P. Carroll, the gist of which was — this town is a write-off, and I want to stamp the dust of it off my feet. The Bishop rejected each and all of his requests for a transfer, and told him to stay put. He had full confidence in Father Violini, and he expected him to bring about a full Catholic revival in this parish, which had been so long neglected. After the latest of these rebuffs, Father was ready to pray for a noble death. But he was in for a great revelation.
 
On the feast of Corpus Christi, he awoke early and headed for the church for morning prayers. As he walked to the church, he noticed the front door hanging off its hinges. He hurried in and gazed at a scene of great destruction. The walls were in shambles, the statues destroyed and then he noticed the tabernacle had been split open and the consecrated Hosts were scattered down the main aisle. One by one, he gathered them up, counting each one. They were all there except the large Benediction Host which he could find nowhere.
 
It was raining, The gray sky reflected his anguish. He notified Father Harrington of the Crowsnest deanery who quickly organized a search party of some two-thousand people. They searched Bellevue and Hillcrest, Blairemore and Coleman; some came from as far as Michel and Natal in British Columbia, yet none of the people of Cowley would help. The search party combed miles of Highway 3. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police picked up two suspects at Cowley, and questioned them at Blairemore. They had stolen a pickup truck, and abandoned it down the highway when the police had discovered them.
 
Father Gino recognized them as transients from Lethbridge who had been seated next to him at a baseball game a couple days before, and who were looking to find work in the coal mines at Crowsnest Pass. He listened to the questioning by Sergeant Parsons: “Remember, it may not mean much to you or to me, but you fellows stole his Jesus.” Father explained the meaning of the Blessed Sacrament to them, and how precious it is to Catholics. He then offered to drop all the charges if they would tell him where they had discarded the Host.
 
Touched by his explanation, they began to show remorse and offered to help find It. One admitted to having discarded it through the truck window just before the police took them into custody. He didn’t know what it was, but he knew it was incriminating evidence. The rain had hardly stopped when they all piled into the police cruiser, the two suspects still handcuffed. Father calculated that if the Host had been dropped as these two men had said, the search parties would surely have found it if the rain had not dissolved it. It was about six o’clock that evening when they arrived at the spot. The sky was clearing; there was a bit of blue in the West.
 
As they rounded a corner east of Bellevue, they all saw the Host suspended in midair beside the highway. Beautiful rays of coloured light shone from it. Even before the car had stopped, Father leaped from the car and ran towards this astonishing sight. Sergeant Parsons was right behind him. Father fell to his knees in adoration, overcome with joy and wonder. Sergeant Parsons did likewise, and landed in a pool of mud.
 
Father stood up and reached for the Host. It looked as white and fresh as the day he had consecrated it. As he touched it, they heard: “Father Gino, please take me back to Cowley.”
 
Here was Christ on the road, asking to be returned to a desecrated church; to a parish that Father had long wanted to leave. As they returned to Cowley, Sergeant Parson’s eyes constantly left the road to gaze at the wonder Father held there, beside him. The Bishop arrived the next day. He told Father Gino that he would be the one to rededicate the church. The Bishop prayed with him in the devastated sanctuary. As he finished, he turned to Father Gino to say: “Great changes will soon take place in this parish.”
 
Sergeant Parsons came to ask for instruction a few days later. His wife and children soon joined him, and later two of his constables from Pincher Creek. As time went on, more and more Catholics began to return to their church. The parish mission was so popular that the beer hall shut down when it was in progress. The patrons, many of whom were not Catholic, would carry the bar stools to the church to listen to Father’s sermons. They even had to take out the pot-bellied stove to make room for everyone.
 
The little church, so long abandoned, was now full to overflowing every Sunday.
 
Paul Fournier
 


A Plea from His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson

Number CCCXXIX November 2nd 2013

 

PLEASE HELP

 

Regularly over the last 20 years I have said that the Society of St Pius X could fail. Colleagues never liked me saying it, and contrary to what some people think, I did not enjoy saying it either, but here we are. Here for instance is a quotation sent to me recently by a reader, taken from an ordinations sermon I gave in 1984, and which of course I had completely forgotten:–

 

“At the beginning of the Church Militant Jesus Christ led his followers through the catacombs and persecution out into the open, and at the end of the Church Militant He may well lead them from the tent in the open field through persecution back to the catacombs. If it comes to that, and if we make it to the catacombs, for many of us it will certainly not have been without the Society but back in the catacombs we may have to do without the Society (…). Dear seminarians! Regularly I tell them (…) that the whole world is against them; that the whole world is going to hell in a hand-basket; that the Society of St. Pius X could easily perish; that the future is dark and where there is no gloom it is full of doom. Do you know, I do believe that if any of my dire forebodings actually came true, seminarians would be pleasantly surprised?”

 

And what do I think I see now in the “Resistance”? The painful but steady emergence of the joyful remnant of Catholics from the remnant of Traditionalists who in their time emerged from the ruins of Vatican II. Nothing yet persuades me of the need for a structure or a seminary to replace those of the SSPX, but these are early days in the history of the Resistance. What I do think is needed is a base of Resistance operations in England, not far from the Continent nor from London airports, bricks and mortar to lend some solidity to the Resistance, and to provide, for instance, a refuge where priests can recuperate for at least a few days, under no kind of pressure, from the real hardships of today’s apostolate.

 

The house has been chosen, it does exist, we have agreed to buy, and donations are coming in, but we do now need both £40,000 by the end of November and another £360,000 by mid-December. I do not like making promises, but with the help of God I have no intention of abandoning the defence of the Faith, whatever form that defence may take over the next several years. Please help, and in today’s shadow of tomorrow’s collapse of currencies, do think of making a heavenly investment guaranteed by the whole host of Heaven. Bless you for any and all donations. I attach again details of means of payment.

 

Kyrie eleison.

 

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