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Father, you exaggerate!
« on: November 24, 2008, 09:04:28 AM »
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  • The Rector's Letter
    "DEAR FATHER, YOU EXAGGERATE!"

    Dear Friends and Benefactors,

    Saint Theresa of Avila used to compare the devil with a hidden file that
    silently, imperceptibly blunts the soul. Living habitually in a world of
    impressions and images, we indeed have great difficulty in paying attention
    to this pernicious action of our most frightening enemy -- an enemy who
    attacks us, with all impunity, without risking failure, because we are not
    ready to avoid his fearsome assault. The best weapon of the devil still is
    his silence and it pleases him to remain in the shadows, cunningly working
    there, as there is no greater trap for man than Satan's apparent absence.
    Isn't our greatest danger today that we hardly ever hear news of the devil?
    Everyone, or almost everyone, declares himself a believer! But the simple
    mention of the existence of the devil and of his action on men brings a
    smile of condescension and pity to the lips of our interlocutors - that is,
    if we have dared to confront human respect and timidly talk about the
    possibility of a habitual intervention of the supernatural order in our
    world.

    We often reduce satanic interference to its most spectacular events, those
    that require the recourse to solemn exorcisms. The devil is cunning and
    likes to encourage our disproportionate attention to these exceptional
    circumstances, because he can then act freely in other domains. We must not
    fall into this crude snare and must keep a clear head: the action of the
    devil is a present and ordinary reality in our lives, but this action is
    poorly known. We restrict it to some impressive manifestations that strike
    our imagination and blind our intelligence. When we are unable to
    distinguish the hidden, but real, causes of evil, we cannot find out where
    the true danger resides. Catholic souls must awaken and shake the tragic
    sloth in which they often find themselves.

    The ordinary action of the devil is initially deployed in the political and
    religious domains and after, but only after, at the personal level. The
    devil knows that a great attack requires a meticulous strategy where nothing
    is left to chance. He knows especially that the success of an army is
    assured if the commander launches his battalions on the battlefield with
    cold-blooded precision. He takes great care in perverting political
    institutions and in corrupting them with his revolutionary spirit. Then
    morals will be irremediably wounded, because the institutionalized disorder
    will become a habit and will have the force of law, deeply impregnating the
    souls of those who cannot avoid being men of their times.

    Little by little, men acquire the wrong reflexes and, subjected to false
    instruction, they drift away from sound principles. They lose their strength
    and reason and give themselves to the highest bidder, delighted by empty
    speeches. The spirit of criticism dies, supplanted by an alarming conformism
    over which shamelessly reigns a common lack of thought. Slogans flourish,
    real thinking wanes, the intelligence fails and Satan rakes in souls simply
    because of the environment in which they are plunged.

    When the political order has totally fallen into the hands of the master of
    eternal darkness by means of revolutions, the attacks of hell concentrate
    against the Catholic Church. In the name of the erroneous principles of
    corrupting liberalism, the Church is summoned to be united to the Revolution
    and become its active propagandist. Orders given in the depths of hell have
    led vile souls to assume the noble priestly garb and enter the militia of
    consecrated souls in order to skillfully spread, under the appearance of a
    return to apostolic times, a disastrous doctrine imposed at the Second
    Vatican Council. And this, while the worst enemies of the immaculate Bride
    of Christ applaud frantically. Since this ruinous moment, Holy Mother Church
    is in mourning, but does not fall into despair because she carries, from now
    on in a visible way, the stigmata of her Bridegroom. The devil, blinded by
    his hatred, crucifies the Bride after the Bridegroom and thus unites her
    more intimately with Him.

    In spite of this, the Passion of the Church is nonetheless the source of the
    ruin of many souls. It cannot be otherwise: the See of Rome is the teacher
    of truth but today what comes out of her are strange teachings that disturb
    and confuse souls. Satan has taken up church vestments and souls listen to
    those who seem to be pastors who care for them - and perhaps some of them,
    individually, do care - but they are, in fact, the disguised wolves of whom
    Our Lord Jesus Christ has spoken. The evil is immense. Who can measure its
    consequences? They are many: social, domestic, personal. Souls drift away
    and perish as ships on a stormy sea, carried away by any supposedly
    doctrinal wind. Intelligences are perverted, wills weakened, common sense is
    lost: we live amidst the ruin of the splendors of the Church. And men go in
    great numbers to their damnation.

    We should also draw up a picture of contemporary morals - at least, of what
    remains of them! - to condemn the prevailing baseness of the moral order.
    But we are so used to it that we are not even aware of it any more. We also
    have an intelligence, a will, a common sense denatured by force of habit. We
    do not realize that we are too close to the evil not to be contaminated by
    it. A simple photo of people leaving Mass taken a few years ago, when
    compared with another taken more recently, would be enough to convince us
    that we are in decline. We could also consider the ease with which today we
    speak of subjects like abortion, euthanasia or abominable sins against
    nature, and thus realize that indeed we have been affected by this
    terrifying decay.

    We must have the clarity of mind and the courage to condemn this lethal
    world in which we live, not to lose ourselves in a sterile criticism (which
    would be only a feeble manifestation of a pathological bitterness), but to
    be able to distance ourselves from this degrading world and then rebuild a
    society worthy of the name.

    Obviously, such criticism often causes a certain skepticism and we are all
    too easily pictured as cynical pessimists or accused of being narrow-minded
    fanatics. We must then remember these words of Saint Paul: "For there it
    will come a time when they will not endure sound doctrine: but, according to
    their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching
    ears." "Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove,
    entreat, 'rebuke in all patience and doctrine." And we would like to add:
    even when we are told "Dear Father, you exaggerate!" - a phrase that allows
    our interlocutor to remain comfortably installed in his profitable
    mediocrity.

    "DEAR FATHER, YOU EXAGGERATE!" Really? It seems to us that in this combat
    for the honor of Christ and for the salvation of souls, our warning cries
    will be never strong enough. Should we keep silent while souls live in a
    state of perdition? But this sort of indignation disturbs; isn't it a
    reminder that truth endures and that it is out of the question to talk of an
    evolution of morals that would justify any depravity? Our times are not a
    reason to prevent us from fighting against decay. Truth is eternal and
    cannot compromise with evil.

    "DEAR FATHER, YOU EXAGGERATE!" Thus we are told by all those who think that
    one should not see the devil everywhere and our times are not so terrible
    after all. Such people are only poor victims of the orchestrated decay of
    politics and religion. Raised in a world whose principles are revolutionary,
    they have embraced them without being aware of it. The disorder,
    institutionalized and baptized, disguises itself with the mask of order and
    deceives many, whose thoughts bear the mark of their blindness. We must
    persist, because errors and evils in politics and religion are deeply
    anchored in the souls of men -and these are the breast from which man
    continuously nourishes himself. Their milk is spoiled, and it poisons
    whoever feeds from it. Man must be warned.

    "DEAR FATHER, YOU EXAGGERATE! The evolution of morals has advanced so much,
    the corruption is so great, that it is impossible to go back. The combat
    that you want us to carry out is a totally useless battle." Wrong! History
    teaches us, indeed, that changes may happen rapidly and that it is then
    necessary to be able to count on well-formed intelligences and strong wills
    to rebuild upon the ruins. Moreover, it is by no means a question of going
    back, but of keeping as principles of reflection and action the rules which
    always governed the establishment of societies. Societies rest upon
    immutable principles and only these can give them life and prosperity. And
    if we are not mistaken about the extent of the task ahead of us - it is very
    difficult to work the conversion of an intelligence! - we know that grace is
    still very powerful and that truth keeps its intrinsic force. Our combat,
    although full of obstacles, leads to victory. As the painful road to
    Calvary, it is nonetheless a royal way.

    "DEAR FATHER, YOU EXAGGERATE! Your combat demands such great attention to a
    multitude of details. It is impossible to remain always on the alert." Those
    who speak thus do not know what they are saying. Attention to detail is,
    indeed, the mark of those who love, attentive in their loving impulse to the
    thousand considerations that reveal the soul. Souls who live in charity
    propagate the apostolic fire of their consecration.

    "DEAR FATHER, YOU EXAGGERATE because you ask too much!" Finally we come to
    the truth! We are too cowardly to speak our reasons openly and we prefer, to
    save face, to cover others with our sarcasm. Our vain evasions cannot last.
    In the grave times in which we live, we must stifle these cowardly arguments
    that sterilize our noblest impulses, and act in accordance with our honor as
    baptized and confirmed men. Washed in the Blood of Christ, we are obliged by
    our oaths. Our souls will find in our combats a grave joy, happiness. We
    will know, indeed, that the forgetfulness of ourselves and our total
    dedication to the establishment of the Reign of Christ are the keys for
    eternal happiness. Soldiers of Christ by His Blood shed for us, called to be
    engaged in a battle in which eternity is at stake, we will answer like
    Samuel: "Speak, O Lord, your servant listens", and we will understand, then,
    that there is no exaggeration for a soul that loves and knows that is
    loved.

    Sursum Corda

    Fr. Yves le Roux
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    Father, you exaggerate!
    « Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009, 04:17:39 AM »
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  • those souls who say:dear Father you exaggerate" are those who say:"we prefer the rosy path of love and childlike trust,showing Jesus to the world by smiling at people,and not sinning against charity by telling them that they are demonized.we are not gloomy snobes we are humble and caring as don't want to scandalize people by saying scary things we want to spead the good and happy news of gosple by our cheerfulness"
    and if they see a virile catholic ready to fight for God's sake,and mortifiying his body in order to keep it subject to his soul,if they see him with the holy swords of truth and holy ire ready to cut the head of enemy they say to him:"you are not a christian for a christian must carry roses and daisies not a sword.you should not read Sts.Alphonsus or John Vianney's books you should read the "introduction" by St.Fransis Desales.have charity,love and tenderness and be patient with sins of others and that of yourself"
    or they tell him:"are you yourself sinless why don't you see the truck in your own eye?"


     

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