Archbishop Lefebvre Spiritual Journey Essay

“But with the grace of the Good Lord, it is possible that we will find a solution that will permit us to continue our work without abandoning our Faith, without abandoning that light of which I was speaking to you, which has been that of my forty years as a bishop, which is the reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”  ~Sermon of Archbishop Lefebvre on the 40th Anniversary of his Episcopal Consecration, 1987

Bishop Fellay has given an extensive interview to Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register, on the current state of affairs with the SSPX and Rome.

I am of the opinion that the conversion of Rome is not going to be a magical happening, whereby we traditional Catholics sit by quietly and do little to evangelize the universal Church as a whole, calling them back to the tradition that they have lost.  This should be our constant endeavor!  The “ghetto mentality” is not helping the Universal Church. We must actively convert souls to tradition. God uses the weak and small to confound the proud.  I pray that the Society will flourish and advance, in whatever God’s will is for it.  I pray that many souls will be fed in the life giving waters of tradition.  The restoration will happen slowly, but surely.  I recall Ven. Holzahauser saying that the “hand of Almighty God will work a marvelous change, something apparently impossible according to human understanding.”  The duty of the Society can be summed up in this, according to what Bishop Fellay has just said: Keep the Catholic Faith and do not compromise.

The SSPX should use what they have to reach out to the wider Church.  To do this, we need to be vindicated from the false accusations hurled against us by the Novus Ordo which has given the Society the reputation of a schismatic sect these many years.  I think if this were done souls of good will will no longer fear coming to us. Canonical recognition does not imply consent to the counciliar errors and the Novus Ordo. On the contrary, Fr. Fr. François Laisney states, “To understand the principle of St Augustine, one must remember the great truth which Father Calmel often recalled: the head of the Church is Christ; the Pope is only his vicar. It is because the communion with the members of the Church is first of all communion with Christ that it does not harm the goods, so long as they do not consent to the evil. And it is because they forget Christ at the head of the Church that certain persons are so afraid of this communion, paying attention only to the human side of the Church and forgetting the Sacred Heart who is in control of everything in His Church.”

If my work is of God, he will guard it and use it for the good of His Church. Our Lord has promised us, the gates of Hell shall not prevail against Her.”   ~Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Is this quote true or not?  Does anyone think God will allow the work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre to be in vain? I think not.  This man, almost single handedly, preserved and defended the Faith, the Mass and the Priesthood and bore the price of of such heroism from the Modernists: false censure, criticism and even excommunication and all for keeping the Catholic Faith! I believe this was the man talked of in Prophecy by Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador, who spoke of a prelate who would restore the spirit of his priests.

Comments are invited, but I will not tolerate any slander and insults to Bishop Fellay, his person and most especially the office he holds, that of the Episcopate.  If you disagree with the man, taking it to prayer is the best option.  Disagreeing respectfully is one thing but hurling rash judgments is quite another.

Pray for the Society, that God will guide them in the correct path to take for the good of the souls in their care, as well as those yet to come, and for the entire Catholic Church, that we will be the coals heaped upon their head, the sign of contradiction, and the bulwark of the truth of our Catholic Tradition of 2,000 years.

I conclude with these words of Archbishop Lefebvre, which is what we are about:


“And I say to you as well: for the glory of the Most Blessed Trinity, for the love of Our Lord
Jesus Christ, for the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the love of the Church, for the love of the pope, for the love of bishops, of priests, of all the faithful, for the salvation of the world, for the salvation of souls, keep this testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Keep the Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep the Mass of All Time!

And you will see civilization reflourish, a civilization which is not of this world, but a civilization which leads to the Catholic City which is heaven.

The Catholic city of this world is made for nothing else than for the Catholic City of heaven.”

And hopefully this time will come soon:

“I do not know how many, only the Good Lord knows how many years it will take for Tradition to find – its rights in Rome – we will be embraced by the Roman authorities, who will thank us for having maintained the Faith in our seminaries, in our families, in civil societies, in our countries, and in our monasteries and our religious houses, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.”  ~Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Episcopal Consecrations sermon, June 30, 1988

An old post wherein I think the SSPX is in Prophecy:

May we be always faithful to the one true Faith and may the restoration of the whole Church come about soon, wherein God will again be glorified and worshipped as never before! Amen!

~Damsel of the Faith

“You have the church which is a refuge, and, if I may dare to say so, is a heaven in miniature. You have a sacrifice offered up and consummated; you have the house wherein the Holy Ghost showers down abundant graces; you have the tombs and relics of the martyrs and saints, and many other things which should induce you to return from a state of sin and indifference to that of grace and justice.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“God has promised to be like a wall of fire round those who rightly believe in Him.”  ~St. Athanasius

“For nothing more glorious, nothing nobler, nothing surely more honorable can be imagined than to belong to the One, Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church, in which we become members of one Body as venerable as it is unique; are guided by one supreme Head; are filled with one divine Spirit; are nourished during our earthly exile by one doctrine and one heavenly Bread, until at last we enter into the one, unending blessedness of heaven.”  ~Pope Pius XII, “Mystici Corporis Christi”, 1943





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by Abp. Marcel Lefebvre, Edited by Fr. Patrick Troadec, FSSPX
"During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, revelation, the mysteries of Faith, the mysteries of the Incarnation and the Redemption, are made real. From the Mass, the liturgical and unbloody re-presentation of Christ's sacrifice on the Cross, the efficacy of all good works proceeds." –Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
The Mass of All Time is a collection of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's sermons, classes and notes on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass...a compendium of what he taught on the Mass - its rites, spirit, prayers, theology, spirituality, and grace. Many of these texts have never been published before.
Fr. Patrick Troadec, rector of the Society of St. Pius X's seminary in Flavigny, France, collected and organized the Archbishop's manifold writings and speeches on the Mass and presents them here, in two parts.
Part one is a running commentary, gleaned from all the works of the Archbishop, on the prayers, parts and actions of the liturgy. Part two covers the New Order of Mass promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 and includes commentary on liturgical history, the liturgical revolution and the history of the SSPX's defense of the old and rejection of the new. Again, the words are those of Archbishop Lefebvre, woven together by Fr. Troadec.
The Archbishop is known for his courageous defense of the Tridentine Mass but never before have his insights been collected in such an accessible and complete format. Especially now, with a renewed interest in the "extraordinary form" due to the Holy Father's motu proprio, this book is ideally timed because it is primarily a "positive" book coming from him who is too often known as the "Rebel" or "Renegade" Archbishop.
Here we see the love and depth of understanding that Marcel Lefebvre had for the Mass of all time. Polemics are not excluded, but they take a back seat in this volume. With the release of the motu proprio, it seems there has never been a more ideal time for traditionalists AND those new to the "Old" Mass to see this side of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre...indeed, the more important side as it was his love of truth and the Mass as handed on to him that fueled his battle to defend it.
The following review by the internationally recognized liturgical scholar, Dr. Alcuin Reid is well worth a read.
Historically and Theologically Important Material, February 11, 2008
by Alcuin Reid
Archbishop Lefebvre has been the great 'persona non grata' of the modern Catholic Church. Now that in the pontificate of Benedict XVI we are more or less 'speaking again' as it were, it may well be time to look anew at what the Archbishop had to say in that tumultuous period of the Church's recent history which was the late twentieth century.
Angleus Press has published a compilation of the writings and discourses of Archbishop Lefebrve on the theology and spirituality of the Mass and on the liturgical reform that followed the Second Vatican Council. The former has value as a compilation of classical spirituality. The latter - of particular interest personally - puts together the Archbishop's observations on the liturgical reform. How many people know that he was in favour of the vernacular for the readings at Mass, and indeed for most of the first part of the Mass called the Mass of Catechumens? And how many know how and when he began to react against the implementation of the reform enacted in the name of the Council, of which he was a Father?
One regret is that the editor has compiled the second part of the book thematically and not chronologically: it would, in my opinion, be more useful as historical material in the latter format for, thematically arranged, it is too easy to read on without noticing that at times the footnotes indicate a jump of many years back and forth.
The Archbishop speaks forthrightly. Indeed, there is language here that is clearly polemical and perhaps even reactionary: the years in which he raised his voice were extraordinary times and we may well find that we do not agree with the words he chose or the decisions he took. We may even quibble with his recollection of events or debate his understanding of theology. Yet, in days when honest dialogue and reappraisal of the events following the Council are now permissible, it is instructive to have Archbishop Lefebvre's words to hand.
Unfortunately Archbishop Lefebvre never lived to see Pope Benedict's liberation of the more ancient form of the Mass in July 2007. But as the usus antiquior gradually claims its rightful place in the Church of today and of tomorrow we would do well to consider that - humanly and historically speaking at least - it may not be able to do so today were it not for the reaction of the Archbishop and of his disciples then. For the Providence of Almighty God we may be thankful.
325pp, softcover, index.

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