Special Prayers for B. Williamson

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October 15, 2016
Number CDLXXXIII (483)

What does the Lord God want of me and you?
To do what we can, not what we cannot do.


A world wanting less and less of God constantly wears down Catholics. Here is another reader’s cry:—

I ask myself, how is it possible to keep the Faith in the general situation of the Church today with its absolute lack of shepherds? For a few months we were with the Society of St Pius X, months which taught us the value of Tradition. We looked into the story of Archbishop Lefebvre’s struggle, and we saw how he is being betrayed. We followed the “Resistance” through the website of Non Possumus. For a few months we were deceived by Fr. C., who calls it “Desistence.” We were undeceived and left his group. Now we can no longer go to the Society because they insist that we join in certain activities, meetings of altar-boys and so on. They require information about us, and to find it out send our way married couples heavily committed to the Society. Much of the time we spend trying not to say things that would prevent us from receiving Holy Communion, as happens to some people because they are against Pope Francis, or for the “Resistance.” Right now we are going to the Catholic Maronite Church where at least the Consecration is valid. But we are disappointed to observe that they accept Vatican II in general, and they asked me to allow my girls to serve on the altar. When I refused, they said “We are all children of God,” and so on, to prevent discrimination against females serving on the altar.

I have nobody I can go to Confession to. I have a continual struggle at work where I never stop speaking of God and of current events, despite the school being secular and secularist, so that the personnel are all employees of the State. Following your advice to withdraw into the shadows to prepare for the descent into the catacombs I am wary of social contacts, but it is difficult to fight on your own. We are now in contact with prople of T.F.P. (Tradition, Family, Property). I am not sure what their doctrine is. But what can we do? The struggle is weighing down heavily upon me. In one school where I work one professor is to my knowledge a Freemason. Despite its being a State school, its whole orientation is religious, but in a deistic way, i.e. without Christ. What can I do? In this country there is nothing left, and we are at our wits’ end.

Amongst other things I wrote back to him that when the Church is being taken along the Way of the Cross to be crucified, as is happening today, then the only way not to have to carry a splinter of that Cross is not to be a Catholic. Obviously this reader wants to remain Catholic in order to get himself and his family to Heaven. So he should not be surprised to find himself suffering from splinters of Our Lord’s Cross. When he should be really worrying is when he would find himself at ease in this world around him.

What can I do? In this country there is nothing left, and we are at our wits’ end.

It is doubtful if the person that wrote this letter to His Excellency is at ease in the world around him. Surely he is seeking a way in which to remain opposed to it. He appears to be distraught about the possibility he could lose his faith. He is drowning, he needs a lifejacket!
  • If he is going to the NO masses he needs to be told what he CAN do. Stay away!
  • Faith deepens as need deepens. Pray for what we haven't got - that is why we are all placed in these catastrophic times - to deepen our faith. It makes a soul more dependent on God. Since the SSPX no longer draws on supplied jurisdiction during this year of the Pope's false teaching on God's mercy, God supplies! That is what practising our faith means. He has promised not to leave us orphans. And he doesn't! If we are driven away from the Churches by false Shepherds does He abandon us too? We either believe that or we don't. He is in total control of the situation, knows what is happening to souls; has all the provisions needed for our sanctification - and that He longs to give us. All we have to do is ask with unswerving confidence.
As for his workplace, there is not much he can do about it. Social contacts should be maintained with prayer, charity and example, because we human beings are social animals, but let our limited energy and resources not be exhausted in throwing pearls before swine. Our Lord tells us not to condemn if we do not want to be condemned, but he also tells us to discern between wolves and true shepherds (Mt.VII, 15). So a Catholic is bound to exercise his best judgment on the variety of priests and layfolk that he meets with in the chaos of today’s Church. And in any case a family father must today lead his own family in the five-Mystery family Rosary every night (or better, morning). That will ensure that Our Lady will protect his family as only she can do through whatever grave events lie ahead of us.

As for his workplace, there is not much he can do about it

Of course he can! Why does this Bishop keep telling us what we cannot do? The couplet at the top of his newsletter says it all. We have to do what we cannot do like the saints and martyrs did. They drew on supernatural graces to endure the atrocious tortures inflicted on them and they were joyful. The slow martyrdom of contemplative Saints too have already provided merits for us to draw on. In our Missal we pray confidently : 'By their merits and prayers grant that we may be defended in all things by the help of Thy protection'.
  • Praying is doing as we offer every thought, word and deed mentally while we work.
  • Trusting is doing because what's the use of praying if we do not believe we are heard? If I need help to keep my faith right now I will get it. In fact one already has it by that simple act of Faith. Visualize every thought, word and deed as being offered up during the Sacrifice of the Mass occurring at that moment somewhere in the world. If one sees oneself continually at Mass then we ARE present because we belong to the Mystical Body of Christ from which no man can be cast out except by himself.
  • Catholics are protected by the Immaculate and impregnable walls of our Lady's Heart within which we rest. (Memore prayer).
None of the above can be done without good solid priests offering the true Mass. Unable to be physically present is no barrier - for where my heart is, there also is my treasure. As we endure this purging of the Church the day will finally come when we can emerge from the Catacombs and celebrate together.

Pray for the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre that they will find the courage to bring the flock together again safe from the wolves. Pray also for those priests who prop up His Excellency's errors that they may show true compassion for him and help him to keep his faith.


 
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Anand

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Pray for the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre that they will find the courage to bring the flock together again safe from the wolves.
These four were the best of the bunch selected by Archbishop Lefebvre and sadly they have all been found to be wanting!
 
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What another disappointing response of Bishop Williamson.

Bishop Williamson started his blog 'Catholics’ Distress' to say -"What does the Lord God want of me and you?" only to end with putting one's head in the sand.

Are we not spiritual creatures? Why did not this Catholic bishop give advice to a real spiritual answer rather than a natural answer?

Worse, why did he leave this person and others reading this sentiment to bounce around with different religions as a choice and a good thing..."if it nourishes your faith"? Why no direction to Catholic tradition because he does not want to guide and lead as a catholic bishop? What good is it for the Church if a bishop does not do his duty? He even lets known a “Fr. C” for everyone’s curiosity and speculation to attack…why? If he does not want to identify the person, then omit the abbreviated name and just say “a priest’. Is it that he wants controversy? Why all the drama?

Catholics are in distress for sure…our Lady of La Salette said we need Catholic bishops to confirm us in the faith; not to do as they wish and tell others to do as they wish.
 
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