[NOTE: Please pray for Fr. Voigt who is ill and needs our assistance. Thank You.]
Have you considered the mustard seed or have you meditated upon the leaven? Both push us to realize that great result come from small packages. But the saints ask us to consider Who is the Mustard Seed and Who is the leaven? The answer is clearly our Lord Jesus Christ. From the small beginnings in Bethlehem His Person has been preached to the whole world by the littlest and most insignificant band of 12 men. Kingdoms could not stop His Kingship. Tyrants failed to stop His martyrs from spreading the seed of His Truth.
Imagine if you can the death of one who has been bitten by the life of Jesus. He is the just man who seeks throughout life to let the mustard seed grow and the leaven increase so that one day he might proclaim with the saints of old the truth expressed by St. Paul who said “I live, no, not I but rather Christ lives in me.” This is the mystery of the mustard seed and the leaven. Every time we read the word of God, every time we listen to a sermon, every time we think or speak an eternal thought the Lord Jesus is increasing within us. As St. John the Baptist said, “He must increase and I must decrease.”
For this reason the just man perceives death as the moment of the three fold release. First the just man is released from the trials,works, and tribulations of our worldly existence. No longer is he concerned about doing this or that. The final testis here and he has chosen the will of God over all the trials that the world, the flesh or the devil possess to cause him to lose his soul. Death becomes that welcomed door to life in Christ completely. Death is the last barrier and the mustard seed disposition opens that door to eternity.
The second release that death offers the Just man is the freedom now from all actual sins. No longer does sin hold any power over the just soul that offers his/her death in union with the Cross of Christ for the sanctification and salvation of souls. The just commitment to eternal life stands as a secure source of strength against the deceits of the devil and the pleasures of this world. The Mustard Seed has come to its powerful presence and the leaven of Christ’s life in the individual has been realized. The door of death frees the just man from the ugliness of actual sin.
Finally, the door of death signifies a victory over the kingdom of hell. The test is over and the just man has proven his worth and now is free of the worry of losing his soul. What a great day this is when a soul has conquered sin and death through the imitation of Christ. There is no longer a possibility of losing one’s soul. Now all is directed to the glory of God’s will and the song of praise that rings throughout the heavens. All of this because the Mustard Seed came down from heaven and so loved the souls in this world that He gave His only life for the salvation of souls who would believe and accept the gift of eternal life. The truths of the Lord seem so small and simple compared to the machinations of philosophers, the allurements of the politicians. Yet these simple truths have an absolute conclusion: the salvation
of the soul leavened by Jesus Himself. Study the Mustard Seed and wrap up in the leaven of Divine Life and you will know Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.
To suffer and to die … this is the mark of the Christ and found at the end of every just life.
In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Fr. Richard Voigt
P.S. Thank you for the prayers as I suffer a broken rib and battle a leaky heart valve. Next step is to determine whether the organ of the heart can be repaired through nutrition or not. I will let you know as my days go by. God bless you all.
Just got a text from Brian Torsell SSPX Chapel, Buffalo, NY:
…they’re asking for prayers for John Vennari right now. He may be at the end.
Eleison Comments by His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson
Number CDXCVIII (498)
January 28, 2017
A V II bishop wishes Tradcats well? –
But can he see how V II leads to Hell?
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, originally from Germany but now a Bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, has made himself known to Traditionalists in recent years for his many statements at least apparently sympathetic to Catholic Tradition. For instance last year he associated himself publicly with the four Cardinals’ questioning of Pope Francis’ doctrine in the papal document, Amoris Laetitia. When he himself does so much to criticize the Church swinging “left,” he may not understand or appreciate coming under attack from the “right,” but it is the Truth which is at stake, not our little personalities. Your Excellency, thank you for much truth that you have had the courage openly to defend, but do understand that the full Truth is much stronger, and more demanding, than you think. You gave recently an interview to Adelante la Fe. Please do not take it personally if I quote (in italics) a few of your answers and criticize them:—
I am convinced that in the present circumstances, Msgr. Lefebvre would accept Rome’s canonical proposal of a Personal Prelature without hesitation. Your Excellency, that is impossible. Archbishop Lefebvre believed, and proved by argument from Church theology and history, that Vatican II was an unprecedented betrayal, by the highest authorities in the Church, of 1900 years of unchangeable Church doctrine. But official Rome is still following that objectively treacherous Council. Therefore to put the SSPX under this Rome will be to put the fox in charge of the hen-coop. The Archbishop always hoped Rome would come right. It has still not done so.
Msgr. Lefebvre was a man with a deep”sensus ecclesiae,” or sense of the Church. That is true, because above all he had a deep and clear grasp of Catholic doctrine, or teaching, which is at the heart of the Church. “Going, TEACH all nations,” was Jesus’ last instruction to his Apostles (M t.XXVIII , 20). Vatican II betrayed Catholic doctrine, so the Archbishop’s very sense of the Church made him repudiate that Council. Today’s Conciliarists in Rome can never rebuild the Church.
He consecrated four bishops in 1988 because he was convinced that there was a real state of necessity. It was the objective crisis that gave rise to the subjective conviction, and not the other way round. Our modern world is mentally sick with subjectivism. The Archbishop was an objectivist.
If the SSPX remains canonically independent for too long, its members and followers will lose their sense of the need to be subject to the Pope, and they will end up ceasing to be Catholic. The Pope is Pope in order to “confirm his brethren” in the Faith. See Luke XXII, 32. If he is a Conciliar Pope with his faith corrupted by Vatican II, he can no longer give what he has not got. It is by being subject to Conciliar Popes that countless Catholics since the Council have lost the true Faith.
No Catholic can pick and choose which Popes he will or will not be subject to. God guides His Church. The present crisis in the Church is unprecedented because never before in Church history has there been a series of Popes out of line with the true Faith as we have seen since Vatican II. This means that Catholics must – exceptionally – judge their Popes, bishops and priests. By this crisis God is purifying His Church, and when the purification is complete, He will grant to His Church a great and truly Catholic Pope.
I have told Bishop Fellay, we in Rome need the SSPX in today’s great battle for the purity of the Faith. Your Excellency, do believe that Conciliar Rome will do its best to complete the SSPX’s corruption of the Faith. Already the official SSPX has slidden far from the Archbishop’s objective Faith.
God, do Thou convert our President to The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith and protect him from his awful enemies who would harm him so they can continue to murder, pillage and destroy souls.
Pray many Rosaries for him and the Consecration of Russia to The Immaculate Heart of Mary†
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Fr. Ortiz will again be visiting Buffalo, N.Y. on Sunday December, 18 to offer Holy Mass and perform a Baptism. Mass is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. with confessions starting at 12:00. I hope you will be able to come.
The location for Mass is:
112 James Street
Buffalo, N.Y. 14210