This is taken from the March 1915 issue of the Franciscan Herald.
We have received an urgent prayer request from the husband of one of our parishioners.
Please let us all remain in union of prayers, asking for the full recovery of our friend.
Just wanted to let everyone know that the revised and updated WorldWide Resistance Rosary Crusade Website was officially launched last night!
We would once again like to express our sincere gratitude to our new webmaster, Mr. Brian Torsell, for his expertise and unceasing generosity on behalf of the Resistance Rosary Crusade, and to ecclesiamilitans for their immediate and unfailing assistance any time it is needed…
Today, August 13th, is the anniversary of the 4th Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.
Today is also the day to send in your rosary tallies for the 3rd month, from July 13th – August 12th.
Thank you to all those who are making such a wonderful effort to do this. We were overwhelmed to receive a handwritten letter all the way from France with last month’s tally enclosed, an example of one man’s determination to be in solidarity with his fellow crusaders, and showing his dedication and love for Our Blessed Mother!
We added 4 new countries last month, and now have 15 countries participating!
More people are joining in as the days go by…from anywhere and everywhere…it’s never too late to start…
Please visit www.resistancerosarycrusade.com for this month’s Newsletter (#5) and the new totals…to download a new Tally Sheet…
Did you know…we now have a “translate” tab on the website pages!
Newsletter #5 WorldWide Resistance Rosary Crusade
(July 13th – August 12th, 2015)
In battle, if the flagbearer goes down, another soldier quickly picks up the flag and steadfastly carries it forward, knowing that without it the army would scatter in confusion and defeat and the battle would be lost…
We would like to express our gratitude to our new webmaster, Mr. Brian Torsell, who “picked up the flag” of the WorldWide Resistance Rosary Crusade, and is helping us to continue on, especially in the technical department. Thank you, Brian, for your generosity and expertise in revising and managing our website www.resistancerosarycrusade.com.
This past month has brought us through the midway point of our Resistance Rosary Crusade and up to the 4th Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. On August 13th, Our Lady had come to the Cova da Iria, but the seers were not there…they had been abducted by the mayor of Ourem who tried to force them to reveal the secret they had received from The Virgin Mary on July 13th.
Perhaps some of us have been experiencing the “summer doldrums”, a point of low inertia, not much wind left in our sails – maybe our work, our families, our friends, our summer holidays have distracted us from praying our rosaries, and like the seers, we didn’t “show up” once or twice, but we can be sure Our Blessed Mother has been patiently and confidently waiting for us…
As she said to Lucia on August 19th, “If you hadn’t been detained, the miracle would have been even greater.”
She also recommended anew the practice of mortification, saying lastly, “Pray, pray much, and sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.”
We must keep fighting the good fight!
We must not allow ourselves to become distracted or pulled away into useless “side skirmishes”…a favorite trick of the enemy to divide and conquer.
We must stay united and focused on the work Our Blessed Mother has requested of us.
Oh, if only we could fully understand the true value of The Holy Rosary and its efficacy for souls…such a small effort on our part – such a great reward from Heaven!
Oh, if only we would fight as hard to keep praying our rosaries as the enemy fights to keep us from doing them!
Fight On! Children of the Light!
Just a reminder that the anniversary of the death of Fr Francis McSpiritt is Friday, August 14, so a visit to his gravesite is an excellent idea.
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There are two current examples of abuses of authority that are prevalent in Tradition these days:
Person A abuses people, excusing his behaviour using his authority as an excuse.
Person B claims not to have authority, permitting evasion of responsibility.
So what is authority and why do we have it?
Framework For Authority
We live in a society and interact with other members of the society. In order to function within the society, we are granted authority, which is the power delegated to us by God to promote the common good of the society. There are many members of society, each with a different skill set, so society institutes rules surrounding the application of authority.
We were created to know, love and serve God …
God created us to fulfill certain responsibilities appropriate to our station in life.
In order to fulfill our responsibilities, God ensures that we have what we need in order to do so.
In order to perform those duties, God grants us the rights to use things that He has created which are needed to carry out those duties. These rights are to be tempered through the use of reason and with prudence appropriate to the task at hand. This includes following the rules of the society within which we live. If the rules are evil, they have no authority in God’s eyes, and we have to work around them. Divine Law takes precedence over laws made by man.
So, within that framework, what are the duties of a bishop?
Duties of a Bishop
The key duties of a bishop are:
1) offer Mass (he has the fullness of the priesthood)
2) offer Confirmations and Ordinations, Sacraments which are only available through him
3) teach with the fullness of his authority – this includes all matters of Faith and morals
4) ensure the continuity of the Church
In order to fulfill his duties, a bishop has been granted jurisdiction over certain areas, subject to the Vicar of Christ. In cases of emergency, the Church grants supplied jurisdiction in order to ensure that he can function in his role.
Two Examples of How Bishops Use Authority
Person A exceeds his authority when he uses it to exceed his responsibilities by acting outside the common good. Strangely, he also acts within the Conciliar Church – a structure that interferes with his authority. He applies his authority to limit the exercise of responsibilities of people who are subservient to his authority. When this happens, God’s Will is prevented.
Person B evades responsibility, so again, God’s Will tends to be prevented.
Any bishop in Tradition will perform the first task outlined above. However, that is not enough. Consider how he performs his other responsibilities.
The responsibility to teach can be fulfilled by Person A only if he teaches proper Doctrine. If he deviates from what has always been taught, he fails in his responsibility. His recent actions suggest that by accepting the changes to the structure within which he operates (the new direction of the SSPX), he is greatly limited as to what and how he teaches.
Person B teaches without accepting responsibility for what he teaches. He offers opinions rather than making proper pronouncements about how society is to believe and how it is to act. Society then is leaderless and follows the rules of anarchy – it accepts no rules (and no opinions) – everyone makes his own rules. Therefore God’s Will is prevented.
Person A is not worried about the continuity of the Church – he is too focused on his authority to do what he wants now. If the structure within which he operates does not ensure the continuity of the Church, he himself will not focus on it. Therefore God’s Will is prevented.
Person B refuses to accept that he has the responsibility to continue the Church, therefore he does not open seminaries, supervise the training of seminarians, give tonsure, etc. Therefore, the continuity of the priesthood is not continued and God’s Will is prevented.
So, if these persons are the current models of the bishops available to Tradition, all we can say is “God grant us Bishops – God grant us holy Bishops!”.