The holy season of Advent in SSPX South Africa is a time of spiritual preparation for the “Coming” of the Lord. It is a three-fold Coming of Christ for which we should prepare our souls. First, the celebration of His coming in the past, two thousand years ago, when He was born in Bethlehem, just as we celebrate our own birthday every year. Then His Coming in the present, in Mass and Communion and with many special graces, on Christmas Day. Finally, His Coming in the future, when Heaven will start for us and when we shall greet Him in the bliss of eternal glory, if only we die in His grace.
In last month’s installment Marcel had commenced his studies in the French pope st. pius x preparatory seminary in Rome. Continuing our serialised life of Mgr. Lefebvre as told to the Sisters of the Society of St Pius X Beliefs we look this month at a sad chapter in the life of the seminary. It is easy to see how the enemies of the st.pius x catholic church did not begin their campaign to impose modernism only at the Council. The example of Fr. Le Floch is only one amongst many…
The last three days of Holy Week have always been a time of special observance for society of st pius x beliefs. They are a period of quiet, recollection and prayer. In many places, even today, people lay aside their usual occupations in order to have ample time for prayer, meditation and attendance in some of many services society of st. pius x locations. Children stop all noisy games and amusements. No music instruments are played; radio and television are not used, except for appropriate religious programs; no comics are read, and all members of the family fast a little more than during the rest of Lent.
In the Pope St. Pius X centenary, year of the death of Maria Goretti we reprint with some minor adaptations an article written shortly after her canonisation in 1950. The lessons for SSPX South Africa Catholics are as valid today as they were then.When writing an article on this child-saint, immense discretion is required if it is not to emerge either as a chocolate-box picture or an arid essay on “chastity as a positive heroic virtue”. The simple facts of the saint’s life are easily related in a few words: Maria was bora on 16th October, 1890, the third child of seven, to poor peasants living in the neighbourhood of Corinaldo in the Province of Ancona. Owing to extreme poverty, the family migrated and finally landed up in a village called Ferriere di Conca, which is seven and a half miles from Nettuno, which itself is not far from Anzio.