Brother Rafael Amáiz Barón, I’m a Trappist! My vocation is love . . .!


In this day and age, there are so many temptations and distractions to keep us busy throughout the entire day. But do we ever give thought to the One who created all that we see, hear and feel, like a cool breeze on a hot summer day? It’s easy to follow the trends and fashions of the day, being like everyone else, robots. Saint Rafael Amáiz Barón had many distractions and temptations, but finally gave in to the true desires of his heart, giving himself totally to God. Do we have the courage to say no to our temptations and surrender to God? Do we truly believe?



In December 1936, in his monastery alongside a very busy road and a railroad line that made the walls shake, Brother Rafael Amáiz Barón wrote a very humorous meditation titled, “Freedom”. So many travelers coming and going at such speed! They think they are free. But “true freedom is often enclosed between the four walls of a monastery.” Freedom, the Brother added, “is in the heart of the man who loves only God. It is in the man whose soul is attached neither to the mind nor to matter, but to God alone.” During his canonization on October 11, 2009, Brother Rafael was put forward by Pope Benedict XVI as a young man who answered “yes to the call to follow Jesus, instantly and with determination, without limits or conditions.” Given as a model for youth throughout the world, he was one of the Patrons of World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011.

Rafael was born on April 9, 1911 in Burgos, Spain, the eldest in a family of four children. Baptized the following April 21, he received confirmation when he was not quite three years old, and made his first communion on October 25, 1919. When he was nine, he entered a Jesuit school. His great sensitivity was well as his intellectual and artistic gifts revealed themselves at an early age. In January 1922, his family moved to Oviedo, and the boy entered the Jesuit school there. His great piety led him to join the committee in charge of the Solidarity of Saint Stanislaus. According to the Father Prefect of Studies, he was already seeking God, “as if he were magnetized by Him.”

Of a lively temperament, Rafael lost his patience if he was not served quickly and efficiently. Little rumors in his circle greatly upset him. However, he never had disagreeable words for the house staff. He was very scrupulous about the cleanliness of his clothes and his personal affairs. Anything ugly, dirty, or crude, and vulgar stories or expressions were repugnant to him. When he traveled he brought along his boxes of pencils and always returned with a large number of sketches and drawings of landscapes that, once finished were stuffed into folders or given away.

An emotion that makes you think

In 1930, he began studying architecture in Madrid. He dreamed of drawing, of painting, of expressing on canvass and paper what his artistic soul conceived. He was also a musician. That year during the vacation he spent with his Uncle Polin and aunt Maria, the duke and duchess of Maqueda, he discovered the Trappist Abbey of San Isidro de Dueñas. (In the seventeenth century, Abbot de Rancé reformed the Cistercian abbey in la Trappe, in Normandy, France. All the monasteries connected to it are called Trappist and observe the Benedictine rule with particular austerity.) The evening he arrived at the monastery, Rafael felt an intense emotion while attending the Office of Compline; “Above all,” he wrote to his uncle, “I heard a ‘Salve Regina’ that God alone knows what I felt… It was something sublime.” Six years later, returning to these first impressions, Rafael would say that the Lord used the impression made on his sensitivity to make him think. In 1931, he became a member of Catholic Action, and participated in Saint Vincent de Paul meetings and nocturnal adoration. His great piety did not keep him from being first-class gastronome and being familiar with many restaurants. But in everyday life, he was hard to please and ate whatever was offered to him. Brimming with an infectious liveliness, he was nonetheless deeply meditative at times.

In September 1931, during a stay at the Abbey of San Isidro de Dueñas, he wrote, “The Trappist lives in God and for God. God is the only reason for his existence in this world. How different from some so-called Christian souls, for whom God is secondary, to be dealt with from 8 AM to 9AM and then abandoned until the same time the next day, and then again forgotten!” He later added, “The artist possesses a high degree of sensitivity, and so a Trappist monastery and the life of its monks makes an impression on him, as does a painting or a sonata. The artist who is Christian, who has faith, sees in the Trappist monastery something more than that. He sees God in a palpable manner. He leaves strengthened in his faith and, if the Lord grants him the grace, he leaves knowing himself a little better and, alone with God and his conscience, he changes his way of thinking, his way of feeling things and, most importantly, his way of behaving in the world.

During the general audience of August 10, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI said, “These places [where monastic life is led] combine two very important elements for contemplative life: the beauty of creation, which evokes the beauty of the Creator, and silence, which is guaranteed by living far from cities and the great thoroughfares of the media. Silence is the environmental condition most conducive to contemplation, to listening to God and to meditation. …God speaks in silence, but we must know how to listen. This is why monasteries are oases in which God speaks to humanity.”

 Everything turns out much better

In 1932-1933, Rafael performed his military service in the engineers, and then continued his studies in architecture. Living in Madrid, he set himself a precise schedule that included early morning Mass and an evening Rosary. He wrote to his parents: “I have noticed that when I place myself in God’s hands at the beginning of the day, everything turns out much better.” A documentary of Cistercian life, created for the occasion of the eight hundredth anniversary of the French abbey of Sept-Fons, confirmed the favorable impression he’d had during his visit to San Isidro, and led him to choose monastic life. While at the monastery over November 24 and 25, his request to enter was accepted.

In his eagerness to devote himself to the Lord, he wished to enter the monastery without taking leave of anyone, even his parents, for he feared his heart’s response. But he apostolic nuncio (the Pope’s ambassador), to whom he had opened his heart, told him: “I think that you must say goodbye to your parents and receive their blessing.” So Rafael spent the month and a half that remained before he entered the monastery with his family. He waited—not without profound interior suffering—until the Christmas celebrations had passed and, the afternoon of January 7, 1934, calmly declared to his mother, who was playing the piano: “Stop playing for a moment, I have something to tell you.”–”What’s happened? Tell me?”–”Mother,” he began again with tears in his voice, “God is calling me… I want to leave for the Trappist monastery.” She lowered her head and could only say “Son!” When his wife told him about it, Rafael’s father, after a moment of barely perceptible emotion, blessed God, and then asked his son: “When do you want to go? I’ll drive you.” The date for his departure was set for January 15.

The young postulant adapted well to his new life. He believed he had achieved the aim of his aspirations and his vocation. “God has made the Trappists for me and me for the Trappists… Now I can die happy. I am a Trappist!” But a few months later he suddenly developed diabetes. During the month of May, he lost twenty-four kilos in eight days and almost went blind. Forced to return to his family for proper treatment, he reluctantly left the monastery, hoping to be able to return. After receiving the initial care the disease requires, Rafael’s health improved. He suffered from having to be immersed again in a life which he had had so much difficulty leaving. He himself would describe himself, when he returned to his home, as grumbling about his silence and meditation being ruined: “I believe I had to be a Trappist at home… How wrong I was… I was seeking myself in external recollection.” Nevertheless, he began to smoke, play the violin, and paint again. On June 3, he wrote in a letter to his uncle Polin: “What is happening is very much… At the monastery, I was happy, I considered myself the happiest of mortals, I had succeeded in freeing myself from creatures, and I sought nothing but God… But one thing remained—my love of the Trappist monastery. And Jesus who is very demanding and jealous of the love of His sons, wanted me to detach myself from my beloved monastery, even if temporarily.” Rafael quickly understood that his trial was leading him toward a greater freedom of heart.

God’s judgment is near

In July, he wrote to his brother Cistercian novices:”You do not know what you have, and you will never be able to thank God enough for so great a blessing. I myself did not know until I was forced to return into the world… in their suicidal pride, men cry out: ‘We do not need God!…’ Our society has broken down, and cares about everything except for what is truly important. I tell you frankly—in seeing men so blind, one is filled with sadness, and wants to shout to them: ‘Where are going, you crazy, insane people? You are crucifying Jesus, this Nazarean who asked us to love one another!… Don’t you see that you have taken the wrong path, that life is very short, and that we must take advantage of it, because God’s judgment is near?’ But it is useless. In the world, God and His judgments are no longer spoken of.” Rafael understood that men can be freed from the shadow of spiritual death only by opening their hearts to Christ, who is the Light of the nations.

In January 1935, he went with his brother Leopold to the French border to pick up a car his father has bought. He wanted to be the first to drive it, and on this trip he didn’t skimp on comfort and pleasures. But the attraction that life in the world still exerted on him did not keep him from writing to his Father Abbot several months later: “(My brother monks) believe that I have forgotten them, but one does not forget souls one loves in God. In loving them one loves God, and loving Him in His creatures is a great consolation that takes nothing away from His glory.”

The Blessed Virgin will cure you

In May 1935, Mercedes, Rafael’s sister, was diagnosed with acute peritonitis, with no recovery possible. Rafael took close care of her, but suffered intensely from seeing her in this condition. On June 9, the sick girl was at the end of her strength and her ability to endure any more suffering. “Don’t worry, my little sister,” he told her, “I’m going right now to the church to tell the Blessed Virgin everything, so that she will free you and our mother from suffering. You’ll have a good night—you’ll see.” Fifteen minutes later, he came back, smiling. “It’s done, I spoke to the Blessed Virgin: ‘See what you can do, Mother, for my Mom. Cure my sister.’ Now you will see how the Blessed Virgin will cure you.” After a last injection of morphine, the sick girl slept through the entire night. The pain stopped completely and, in a month, against all expectations, she gained back, the twenty-five lios she had lost.

But the desire for Trappist life still burned within the young man. Speaking of himself, he wrote to his uncle in December 1935: “His

Brother Rafael Amáiz Barón

Brother Rafael Amáiz Barón

vocation is to want to be forgotten by the world and by creatures, so as to offer himself to God in the silence and humility of the oblate’s habit. He wants to be an offering for God, but without the world knowing it; to be a shadow who passed his life loving God much and silently. He wants to help worldly souls to love God, but without their knowing it.”Thanks to his health being restored, Rafael was able to enter the monastery again on January11, 1936. Since his diabetes kept him from following the Rule, he was received as an oblate, meaning he would not make public vows like the others. This was for him even more humbling, since his soul was greedy for the Trappist life with its penances, its work, and its rigor in the observance of the Rule. But he perceived being an oblate as a detachment from the Trappist vocation: “I do not deserve to be a monk… Saying the Holy Mass?… Lord, if I am to see you very soon, what does that matter?… Vows?… Do I not love God with all my strength? So what good are vows? Nothing prevents me from being close to Him and loving Him silently, humbly, in the simplicity of the oblature.” He associated his state as oblate with the mystery of Christ’s Passion. However, his detachment from everything did not make him indifferent to others; he wrote his father: “I want to be a very human saint, “ and “love for God does not exclude that of creatures.” To be able to be best cared for, Rafael was put in the infirmary. The former novice master had passed away, and his relationship with the new novice master was not an easy one. He experienced loneliness and misunderstanding, because some monks were scandalized by his exemptions from the Rule. Fortunately, he could rely on the Abbot and his confessor. In the beginning all went well with the nurse, young Brother Tescelino, but in fall 1936 the nurse was drafted, and his replacement was much less understanding. Rafael himself admitted that he was not given enough to eat.

In July 1936, the Spanish Civil War began. Rafael was aware he did not know much about what was happening in Spain. Called up on September 29, he was declared unfit for military service. Many young monks were drafted into the army. Brother Rafael suffered to see his Bothers leave while he was discharged as unfit. After a stay with his family, who had taken refuge in a very quiet Castilian village, Brother Rafael returned to the monastery for the third time on December 6.

The hand of God

On February 7, 1937, Rafael left the monastery for a third time due to his deteriorating health. The war made it impossible for him to receive the care he needed in the monastery. On the occasion of this latest departure he stated: “I see the hand of God so clearly that whatever happens is all the same to me.” He returned to the Castilian village where his parents still were, and took up canvas and brush once more. He took walks in the country, conversed with the tenant farmers, took an interest in his father’s country estate, spent long hours in the garden contemplating the sky, listened to music, and said the Rosary. But in the midst of a certain level of comfort, he found ways to mortify himself in many small things. His mother was his only nurse this entire time. Little by little, Rafael’s health improved, but he was not cured of his disease. However he reached a new stage—from then on, he not only accepted but loved his circumstances, whatever they were.

Rafael felt on him the loving gaze of Jesus, calling him back to the monastery, and an interior battle took place in his soul because of the sufferings that awaited him. “The Lord,” he confessed, “is greatly testing me with my illness, which makes me come and go without having a place to stop—now in the world, now in the monastery. It’s something that one must experience to understand…” Several days later, Rafael told his mother: “Mother, I need to leave.”–”Already, my son?” she replied, her heart wrung with anguish. It was the fourth time she would have to offer her son, and each time the pain was just as intense. “I must leave… Tomorrow I return to the monastery, “ Rafael declared. He went back to San Isidro on December 15. His farewell to his mother was simple but painful. Not seeing her husband getting ready, she asked Rafael: “Isn’t your father going with you?”–”No. This time, I’m leaving alone.”

Rafael wrote in his journal: “My vocation is only to love God, in sacrifice and renunciation, with no rule other than blind obedience to his Divine Will. I believe I am fulfilling it today, in obeying, without vows and as an oblate, the superiors of the Cistercian abbey of San Isidro de Dueñas…” Suffering physically and morally, he noted, “They do not know my vocation. If the world knew the continual martyrdom that is my life… If my family knew that my center is not the monastery, nor the world, nor any creature, but God, and God crucified… My vocation is to suffer.” From then on, he abandoned all his desires and renounced any official vocation. “I have realized what my vocation is. I am not a monk…, I am not a lay person…, I am nothing… Blessed be God, I am nothing but a soul in love with Christ.”

Constantly loving God

At the beginning of Lent 1938, the father Abbot informed him that he would give him the cowl, (the ultimate monastic habit, usually reserved for monks who have taken their vows), and the black scapular (until then, he had worn the white cope and scapular of the novice). At the moment, he was delirious with joy, but very quickly he responded: “I have seen clearly that, for me, this is vanity.” His confessor would report that at this time in his life, he spent entire hours before the tabernacle, after which he would be transformed, his limpid gaze reflecting the fiery blaze of love that consumed him. Sometimes, as a diversion to his long hours of solitude that, despite everything, weighed on him, he would be given work to do, peeling potatoes, working in the chocolate factory, making blueprints or drawings for Father Abbot, or studying Latin. Nothing, however, could turn him away from his constant thought of loving God. But the depth of his spiritual life was more visible to others than to himself. It seems to him, in fact, that he was not making any progress. “Dearest Jesus, My God,” he wrote on April 13, “I see Lord, that I am doing nothing in your service. I am afraid of wasting my time… When will I begin, my Jesus, to truly serve you?… I am useless and sick.” Addressing himself, he added, “Poor Brother Rafael!”… Let it be enough for you to constantly purify your intention at every moment, and at every moment to love God. Do everything out of love and with love.”

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1938, the Father Abbot vested Brother Rafael with the black scapular and the monastic cowl. In his meditation that day, Brother Rafael wrote, “I would be lying if I said that today I did not allow myself to be carried away in vanity… Jesus alone fills up the heart and soul.” Shortly before, he had written to a Trappist brother. “He who gives up everything gives up very little, for he gives up only that which he must one day (the day of his death) give up anyway, whether he wants to or not.” On April 22, his father came to spend the day with him. Brother Rafael seemed fine. But on the 23rd, he took to his bed and suffered attacks of delirium, accompanied by intense pains. He died the morning of April 26, 1938, at the age of 27.

During his second stay at the Trappist monastery, Rafael discovered the deep meaning of monastic silence which becomes transformed into prayer: “People say that the silence in the monastery is sad,” he would write… “There could not be a more wrong view… The silence there is the most joyous language that could be imagined… From the soul of the Trappist living in silence who appears pitiable, bursts forth abundantly and unceasingly a glorious song of joy, full of love and joy to his Creator, to his God, to a loving Father who takes care of and consoles him…” On September 18, 2010, in Westminster Cathedral, Pope Benedict XVI reminded youth of the benefit of silence: “I ask you to look into your hearts each day to find the source of all true love. Jesus is always there, quietly waiting for us to be still with Him and to hear His voice. Deep within your heart, He is calling you to spend time with Him in prayer. But this kind of prayer, real prayer, requires discipline; requires making time for moments of silence every day… Even amid the ‘busy-ness’ and stress of our daily lives, we need to make space for silence, because it is in silence that we find God, and in silence that we discover our true self.” Let us ask the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to teach us to seek God in the silence of our heart.


Dom Antoine Marie, o.s.b.

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The Possible Chastisement of the Third Secret of Fatima, John F. Salza, Esq.


The following article has been published before and is of great importance and should not be taken lightly. I have not gotten permission from the author and apologize if necessary for publishing this on, but I’m confident that Mr. Salza would appreciate the word being passed on to others that have not seen it. It should be read, prayed about and acted upon. It doesn’t make any difference if you are Catholic or not, the situation and condition of this world today should be of great concern. There is a solution! Read on! Then take action! There are instructions at the bottom of the article.


The Possible Chastisement of the Third Secret of Fatima


John F. Salza, Esq.

(Published in The Remnant, January 31, A.D. 2013)

There has been much speculation about the contents of the Third Secret of Fatima. Our Lady commanded “by express order” that the Third Secret of Fatima be released in 1960. When Cardinal Ottaviani in 1955 asked Sister Lucia “Why this date?” she said the meaning of the Secret will “seem clearer” (“mais claro”) at that time. It is common knowledge that the most impactful event for the Church at that time was the ensuing Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), and this book proves the Third Secret prophesies an apostasy in the Church as a result of the council’s novel “reforms.” Sister Lucia confirmed that the Third Secret begins with Our Lady’s mysterious phrase, “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved etc…,” implying that the Faith will not be preserved elsewhere, even at the highest levels of the Church.

But are Vatican II and the New Mass the only warnings of the Third Secret? No. In June 2000, the Vatican revealed that in the third part of the Secret Our Lady prophesies a possible execution of a Pope, along with bishops, priests, religious and laity in a city half in ruins, perhaps devastated by a nuclear attack. Our Lady in the second part of the Secret also accurately predicted World War II. Hence, the Great Secret of Fatima reveals terrifying material, not just spiritual, chastisements. How might additional, yet-to-be revealed material chastisements of the Third Secret be connected to 1960? Especially when the conditional prophesies of the execution of a Pope and the devastation of a city have not yet occurred as of 2013? My research has led me to a frightening though plausible conclusion: Beginning in 1960, Russia and the United States became formally aware of the biggest material threat to modern civilization.

That threat is referred to as an electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP). An EMP is created by the detonation of a nuclear bomb over a geographical area which damages or destroys all of the electronic systems within the targeted area. In 1960, both the Soviet Union and the United States formalized its plans to test nuclear weapons that would be able to bring about a paralyzing EMP attack against their enemies.1 These tests would reveal the potential damage of an EMP attack which far surpassed scientific expectations. In 1961 and 1962, the Soviet Union launched a series of nuclear bombs over a large geographical area in Kazakhstan whose infrastructure was heavily electrified. The series of test launches was known as K-3 or Test 184.2 Reports were later issued which revealed that the civilian infrastructure of Kazakhstan was severely damaged. Major underground power lines failed, diesel generators malfunctioned, radar was disabled and telephone lines were shut down. All overvoltage protectors fired, and all of the fuses on the power line were blown.3 Even with the usage of relatively smaller nuclear bombs in these tests, debilitating damage was achieved.4

On July 9, 1962, the United States also performed an EMP test known as “Starfish Prime” by launching a high-altitude nuclear bomb over Johnston Island in the mid-Pacific Ocean.5 It was discovered that electromagnetic fields were adversely affected in Honolulu, Hawaii almost 900 miles away. Streetlights were extinguished, microwave communications were disrupted and burglar alarms were sounded off. A number of orbiting satellites were also destroyed. While these effects were not overly dramatic, the test burst was very distant from Hawaii6 and electronic technology has become much more sensitive to EMP since 1962.7 Moreover, the thermonuclear warhead (so-called “hydrogen bomb”) used in Starfish was very inefficient at producing EMP. Nevertheless, the effects of the blast surprised the experts and confirmed that our critical infrastructures, including the electrical power grid itself, would be subject to incalculable damage in an effective EMP attack.8 In other words, the potential damage of an EMP attack became “clearer” with these nuclear tests beginning in 1960 – the year Our Lady commanded the Third Secret to be revealed.

Because almost all aspects of modern American life are run by electricity, primarily through computer chips (food storage, water distribution, utilities, transportation, communication, financial services), the United States is extremely vulnerable to this type of attack. This vulnerability has increased significantly over the last 40 years as more and more of our infrastructure has become increasingly dependent upon electronics. Moreover, based on Congressional reports, we are currently defenseless in most aspects against such warfare.9 The United States Congress formed a Commission in 2001 to examine the impact of EMP on our country, with particular focus on the Soviet and American testing of 1962. The Commission concluded:

Several potential adversaries have or can acquire the capability to attack the United States with a high-altitude nuclear weapon-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP). A determined adversary can achieve an EMP attack capability without having a high level of sophistication. EMP is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences. EMP will cover the wide geographic region within line of sight to the nuclear weapon. It has the capability to produce significant damage to critical infrastructures and thus to the very fabric of US society, as well as to the ability of the United States and Western nations to project influence and military power.10

Within seconds of a full-blown EMP attack against our country, millions of Americans would die instantly – in planes that would fall from the sky, in cars that would malfunction, and in hospitals whose life-supporting systems would shut down.11 The rest who are not prepared for such an attack would eventually die either of starvation or disease, or at the hands of hunger- crazed citizens or enemy invaders.12 The effects would be more immediate in populated areas, with survivors frantically attempting to escape to the country in search of food and protection. Information sharing would cease as nearly all radio and television programs would go off the air, further paralyzing our nation with fear of the unknown. Financial systems would shut down and American currency would become worthless. Our country would sink into physical and spiritual darkness beyond all imagination and comprehension.

Within hours of a successful attack, city riots would precipitate and stores would be looted for food before it rotted.13 Killers and rapists would escape from prisons and rain terror upon their victims. After only a month or two, there would be a proliferation of infectious disease, mass-murder and suicide, and starving people would resort to cannibalism, some even eating their own children. If the attack occurred in the winter, millions would also freeze to death. Under any scenario, our military would be paralyzed, as electronically governed aircraft, tanks, submarines and weaponry would no longer function and communications would almost completely break down.14 We would be unable to successfully defend against the inevitable foreign invasion. It would be a literal hell on Earth. It is the most horrific and terrifying scenario that could ever be conceived by the human mind. As Pope John Paul I said, “The secret; it’s terrible.”15

And it could be the conditional chastisement revealed by Our Lady in the Third Secret of Fatima – a chastisement that could befall us if the Pope does not consecrate Russia in time. If this is the Secret, it must be the reason why Sister Lucia could not initially write it down, even after having been commanded to do so by her bishop. What could possibly have scared Lucia in such a manner? After all, she had seen a vision of hell and had been threatened with torture and death as a child. Surely, Our Lady’s description of the aftermath of an EMP attack could have done so. A well-respected professional (who has chosen to remain anonymous) contacted me about this article on the EMP threat after it was published in The Remnant Newspaper.16 The article deeply startled him as it brought back to his memory a conversation he had with the late Father Malachi Martin during their lunch in New York City shortly before Martin died. Father Martin, who read the Third Secret (but was oath-bound not to divulge its particulars), said the Secret reveals “a new form of energy” in the context of a material chastisement. This would explain why Father Martin revealed on the Art Bell Show in 1997 that the Third Secret is more shocking than people can imagine. After revealing the Secret is “much worse” than a natural disaster, he said it “would give a shock, would terrify people, would fill confessionals on Saturday night, would fill the cathedrals, the basilicas, and the churches with believers on their knees, beating their breasts.”17 People do not react that way for warnings of apostasy, especially when these warnings are in Scripture and most of the world is already apostate. But such a reaction is not only conceivable, but expected from those faithful who believe their lives could suddenly be transformed by “a new form of energy” into incomprehensible terror, knowing their fate is in the hands of one man, the Pope (with whom they must now publicly plead to be spared through the consecration).

As we will see, Our Lady repeated the warnings of the Third Secret in Her apparitions at Akita, Japan in 1973. In 1998, Howard Dee, the former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican revealed to Inside the Vatican that “Cardinal Ratzinger personally confirmed to me that these two messages, of Fatima and Akita, are essentially the same.”18 At Akita, Our Lady warned of “a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will have never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad.”19 In an EMP attack, fire does indeed fall from the sky through the nuclear explosion that creates the damaging current of positive ions, resulting in the eventual indiscriminate loss of life in its wake. At Akita, Our Lady also revealed, “The survivors will envy the dead.” This would be the case if survivors were imprisoned in a world of physical and mental torture with no way to escape – the inevitable consequence of an EMP attack. This could be why Cardinal Ratzinger, in his 1984 interview with Vittorio Messori, stated that Fatima reveals “dangers threatening the faith and life of the Christian, and therefore of the world.”20 In his May 13, 1967 sermon at Fatima, Paul VI also warned that “the world is in danger.”21

This may also be why the Popes have chosen not to release the Third Secret. In their minds, revealing it would risk precipitating the prophesied events. For example, when John Paul II in Fulda, Germany (1981) was asked why the Secret was not released, he replied: “Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as to not encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves.”22 Cardinal Ottaviani had similarly stated in 1967 that the Secret was not revealed in order “To avoid that something so delicate, not destined for public consumption, come for whatever reason, even fortuitous, to fall into alien hands.”23 When Messori in his 1984 interview with Ratzinger pressed him by concluding “I venture, it seems that here [in the Third Secret], also as in the two other ‘secrets,’ Russia is mentioned?” the Cardinal refused to go further and discuss any of the details.

These statements indicate the Third Secret may reveal a devastating attack by Russia against the West, which could most easily be achieved through EMP warfare. This information would indeed be “delicate” and extremely dangerous in “alien hands,” because it would publicly reveal the outcome of Russia’s successful military strategy against the U.S., which it sought to confirm during its EMP testing in 1961-1962. Note well that it takes only a single scud missile, at a cost of only $100,000, with a single nuclear warhead, launched from an inexpensive base or shipboard in international waters, and detonated at 250 miles over the central U.S. to fatally cripple our nation in an instant. This is also why such an attack could easily come from the less sophisticated, rogue nations of the Middle East, who are under the direction and control of “the world power of Communism.”24

The Blessed Elena Aiello prophesied, in 1960 of all years, that “another terrible war will come from the East to the West. Russia with her secret armies will battle America; will overcome Europe.” She also said “Russia will march upon all the nations of Europe, particularly Italy, and will raise her flag over the Dome of St. Peter’s” [Is Rome the city in ruins revealed in the Third Secret?]. In the 1854 prophecy of Zachary, it is also revealed that Russia and China will go to war against the West and “North America will fall and be conquered and brought into bondage.”25 For Russia or China to overrun the United States military and its armed citizens in such manner would seemingly presuppose we were previously rendered incapacitated to some extent to defend ourselves. This would indeed be the case after an EMP attack. When in his 1946 interview Professor William Walsh asked Lucia if the United States would “be overcome by Communism” if Russia is not consecrated in time, she replied “Yes.”26

Of course, only faithless men would believe that hiding Our Lady’s prophecies in the Third Secret would somehow prevent those prophecies from being fulfilled. But that is exactly what the last five Popes have done. This is why Lucia said the Church is under a “diabolical disorientation.” The Popes have chosen to disobey Our Lady, favoring their own remedies of diplomacy and ecumenism rather than Heaven’s remedy of the consecration of Russia. Pope John XXIII, who was responsible for revealing the Third Secret in 1960, may have believed the EMP threat did not exist during his reign. He declared the inapplicability of the Third Secret to his pontificate immediately after reading the Secret in 1959. While this was no excuse to disobey Our Lady’s express order to reveal the Secret in 1960, Pope John’s decision can be rationalized, humanly speaking of course. The EMP threat was not as real or comprehensible during his pontificate.

However, John Paul II and Benedict XVI had no such excuse. Reports have been released, nuclear programs have advanced, and the threat has been substantiated.27 Nevertheless, in the words of John Paul II, “truly the publication of such a message [the Third Secret] is no longer something to be so much desired.”28 Similarly, in the words of Benedict XVI, “To publish the ‘third secret’ would mean exposing the Church to the danger of sensationalism, exploitation of the content.”29 As inconceivable as it is, the conciliar Popes have been more concerned about the world’s reaction to the Secret rather than preventing the prophecies of the Secret from coming true through the consecration of Russia. Instead of obeying Our Lady of Fatima and saving the world from disaster, these Popes have chosen the Communist tactic of “perception management,” as the Communists themselves plan to destroy us and plunge the world into hell.

All of the Popes in question have not only publicly promoted the cult of Fatima, but have also expressed their personal belief in the Fatima apparitions. That is what makes their treatment of the consecration of Russia and the Third Secret so incredible to comprehend. If a devastating EMP attack is revealed in the Third Secret, how could these Popes have rejected the Message of Fatima’s remedy to prevent it? How could they have ignored Our Lady’s warnings and put our lives in such grave danger? We can conclude that they not only fear man more than God, but they also trust man more than God. This has been the program of the conciliar Popes’ pontificates, fueled by the anti-supernatural spirit of Vatican II.

John Paul II and Benedict XVI have particularly manifested their faith in man rather than God by assembling the false religions of the world for world peace, rather than the Catholic bishops of the world to consecrate Russia for world peace. A greater affront to Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother cannot be imagined. Even if an EMP attack is not revealed in the Third Secret, the threat of such an attack increases more every day, as our enemies continue to enrich uranium and harvest nuclear power. Moreover, both John Paul II and Benedict XVI (as Cardinal Ratzinger) have acknowledged this very threat of nuclear war – of all places – in their June 2000 release of part of the Third Secret called The Message of Fatima.30 Thus, whether an EMP attack is or is not part of the Third Secret is ultimately academic; what’s critical is that EMP and any other nuclear threat could be swiftly eliminated with the consecration of Russia.31

Our Lady commanded the consecration of Russia to be performed in 1929 when an EMP attack was not a legitimate threat. That threat became known around 1960 when Our Lady commanded the Secret to be revealed. In anyone’s estimation, it is reasonable to hypothesize that an EMP attack (perhaps by Russia against the United States) is the material chastisement revealed in the Third Secret (through the use of “a new form of energy” that Malachi Martin says is revealed in the Secret). Our Lady obviously wanted the consecration to be performed (in 1929) before the world knew of the EMP risk (in 1960), so that the risk would be moot as the world experienced the promised period of peace. But the Popes of Vatican II have chosen their own ways, not Heaven’s way. They have disobeyed God and led humanity to a frightful abyss. They have brought turmoil to the Church and the world. In the end, we know a Pope will consecrate Russia and Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. Whether we must first suffer the chastisements of the Third Secret, however, remains to be seen.32 If these facts do not inspire us to pray daily for the consecration of Russia, nothing will.

May God spare us from the coming chastisement through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima and the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.


For more information, please see my book, co-authored with Robert Sungenis, called The Consecration of Russia – How Seven Popes Failed to Heed Heaven’s Command and Brought Turmoil to the Church and the World (Hometown Publications, 375 pages, 100 photographs), available at



1 Note that a rudimentary analysis of the effects of EMP was recording by the U.S. government’s first nuclear weapon test which took place in July, 1945.

2 The Soviet Union conducted these EMP tests on September 6, 1961 (Test No. 88, Thunderstorm), October 6, 1961 (Test No. 115, Thunder), October 27, 1961 (Test No. 128, K-1), October 27, 1961 (Test No. 127, K-2), October 22, 1961 (Test No. 184, K-3), October 28, 1961 (Test No. 187, K-4), and November 1, 1962 (Test No. 195, K-5).

3 Most of the data still remain classified by the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense, but an informative report was prepared by Vasily N. Greetsai et. al. “Response of Long Lines to Nuclear High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP)” IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Vol. 40, No. 4, November 1998.

4 Nuclear EMP is usually described in terms of three components: E1 (the fastest pulse which induces very high voltages and destroys computers and communications equipment); E2 (similar to the electrical pulses produced by lightning and the easiest to protect against); and E3 (a very slow pulse producing effects similar to a geomagnetic storm caused by a severe solar flare). Further, EMP has the potential to vaporize targets, such as people and buildings, which disintegrate into nothingness (the U.S. government may have already used such techniques in its geo-political military conquests).

5 The “Starfish” test used a 1.44 megaton W49 thermonuclear warhead detonated at an altitude of 250 miles. The U.S. also conducted the Bluegill Triple Prime, Checkmate and Kingfish high altitude tests of 1962, as well as the Hardtack-Teak and Hardtack-Orange tests of 1958. Most of the test results have remained classified.

6 A similar detonation over the continental U.S. would have had much more damaging effects due to the Earth’s greater magnetic field.

7 For example, we have seen the change from analog to digital, with operating frequencies increasing from megahertz to gigahertz, and with the operating voltages of chips reaching ever lower levels.

8 Since the 1962 testing, further nuclear EMP tests are currently prohibited under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty which forbids weapons testing in the atmosphere or outer space.

9 See, for example, the United States EMP Commission’s 2004 Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack (“Commission’s 2004 Report”), and its 2008 Critical National Infrastructure Report (“Commission’s 2008 Report”). See also the Commission’s testimony in 2005 before the U.S. Senate as well as Major Colin R. Miller’s Electromagnetic Pulse Threats in 2010.

10 See the Commission’s 2004 Report at /empc_exec_rpt.pdf and the 2008 Report at See also Jerry Emanuelson’s Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse at It is estimated that it would take up to ten years after an EMP attack to restore our electric power grid to functionality (and such restoration would depend upon the capability and freedom of the worker-survivors after such an attack).

11 There is significant debate concerning the extent of such damage. For example, short cabling and metallic construction in cars may actually serve to protect most of them, although the increased use of non-metallic materials reduces this protection. Test results have been inconsistent. In fact, the malfunctioning of only a portion of all automobiles (say ten percent) would create greater chaos than if all cars were affected (in recent years, declassified information from the Starfish test revealed that cars in Hawaii with non-electronic ignition systems were also damaged by the EMP test, suggesting that potential damage to autos may be greater than anticipated). Further, the damage would depend upon the intensity and frequency of the pulse. Government reports have been conspicuously silent about the horrific impact on airplanes which are completely computer driven.

12 To survive, most people would need to store at least six months worth of nonperishable food and water in their homes, along with a means to cook food (e.g., propane fueled stoves), as well as have access to first aid and medicine. The best prepared will have generators or other emergency power sources, batteries, flashlights, kerosene lamps, portable heaters, two-way and emergency radios. Many will use “Faraday” cages to protect their backup electronic devices. People will also need guns and a stockpile of ammunition to protect themselves from looters. Many will survive by being able to hunt and fish, as well as grow/eat vegetables and fruits from trees. Those who possess gold and silver coins will also be able to barter and transact business when the value of American currency plummets or becomes completely worthless.

13 Such mayhem occurred in the New York City blackout of 1977 in only a single day.

14 The U.S. military currently has some protective measures in place against EMP, but the majority of its infrastructure, systems and communications remain exposed (almost the entire commercial sector has no EMP protection).

15 Before he became Pope John Paul I, Cardinal Albino Luciano in 1977 traveled to Fatima and met with Sister Lucia. It is believed that Lucia explained to him the Secret and also revealed he would become Pope and be murdered by his own Vatican curia. His visit with Lucia was reported in Gente Veneta, July 23, 1977.

16 John Salza, “The Possible Chastisement of the Third Secret of Fatima,” The Remnant, January 31, 2013.

17 Antonio Socci, The Fourth Secret of Fatima (Fitzwilliam: Loreto Publications, 2009), p. 125.

18 Reported by Catholic World News, October 11, 2001.

19 Pope John Paul II has also indicated the Third Secret reveals “that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish.” Stimmes Des Glaubins (Voice of Faith), cited in Chris Ferrara’s The Secret Still Hidden (Pound Ridge, NY: Good Counsel Publications, 2008), p. 37.

20 Reported in the Italian journal Jesus, “Here is Why the Faith is in Crisis,” November 11, 1984.

21 On September 10, 1984, Bishop Alberto Cosme do Amaral of Fatima stated the Third Secret did not speak of “atomic bombs” or “nuclear warheads.” While his statement undermines the proposed thesis, note the following: First, the bishop did not read the Secret and admitted his conclusions were based on his personal study of the matter (he wouldn’t say Lucia agreed with his interpretation until 11 years later, in 1995). Second, he withdrew his 1984 remarks before reasserting them again in 1995, which calls into question the reliability of his statement. Third, his statement attempted to summarize “the meaning of the message” and its primary import, namely, the “loss of faith” which he said was “worse than the annihilation of a nation”; hence, his statement does not preclude the conclusion that a nuclear holocaust is the revealed punishment for that “loss of faith.” Fourth, both Cardinal Ratzinger and John Paul II have collectively confirmed the Third Secret reveals material chastisements which threaten the world and where millions will die instantly (and Ratzinger’s statement came after that of do Amaral). Fifth, as noted, Ratzinger has said the chastisement revealed at Akita (fire raining from the sky) is essentially the same as that revealed in the Third Secret. Sixth, the part of the Third Secret released by the Vatican in 2000 reveals a putative war scene with the execution of the Pope and a city in ruins and hence is not limited to spiritual chastisements. Finally, Our Lady revealed that various nations would be annihilated, which is most certainly explained in the Third Secret (and, interestingly, Bishop do Amaral equated “nuclear holocaust” with “the annihilation of a nation” in his 1984 statement).

22 Stimmes Des Glaubins (Voice of Faith), cited in Ferrara’s The Secret Still Hidden, p. 37.

23 Documentation Catholique, March 19, 1967, Col. 543.

24 While it is unlikely that smaller countries such as Iran and North Korea could currently create the necessary megaton bomb to detonate at the required altitude for a full-scale EMP attack against the U.S., they are certainly getting closer. Moreover, Russia and China currently do have the capability, and have also been supplying arms and related materials to Iran and North Korea for their nuclear weapons programs.

25 See Fr. Paul Kramer’s “What are the Missing Contents of the Third Secret?,” The Fatima Crusader, Issue 95, Summer 2010, p.45. We note that, 170 years removed from this prophecy, Russia and China have entered into a formal military alliance against the West, in what has been called “The Beijing-Moscow Axis.” Perhaps this is why the United States has given so many trade concessions to nations such as China. The U.S. is attempting to appease China and the rest of its enemies, for we cannot currently defend against a universal EMP attack. Perhaps so long as China can continue to profit from our concessions on their artificially inflated currency, China will keep us alive. But, at some point – if the Pope does not timely consecrate Russia – that time will pass and we will be their victims.

26 Louis Kaczmarek, The Wonders She Performs (Manassas, VA: Trinity Communications, 1986), p. 160.

27 The effects of high-altitude nuclear EMP have been known since at least 1962. Information on the Soviet Union testing of 1961-1962 became available in the mid and late 1990s after the Soviet Union’s political restructuring. Certain information concerning the U.S. tests of 1962 also became available. The U.S. Department of Defense and other experts in the field have published information on nuclear weapon effects since the 1970s. We have also already noted the detailed reports from the United States EMP Commission issued in 2004 and 2008, as well as its testimony before the U.S. Senate in 2005.

28 Stimmes Des Glaubins (Voice of Faith), cited inFerrara’s The Secret Still Hidden, p. 37.

29 As Cardinal Ratzinger, in the Italian journal Jesus, “Here is Why the Faith is in Crisis,” November 11, 1984.

30 For example, in the Vatican’s The Message of Fatima, Cardinal Ratzinger writes: “Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword.”

Yet, in the same document, then Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone says the so-called revelation of the Third Secret of Fatima “brings to an end a period of history marked by tragic human lust for power and evil…” Not only is Bertone’s statement absurd, it obviously contradicts that of Cardinal Ratzinger, and calls into question the credibility of the entire document.

31 Theoretically, even if a Pope didn’t believe in Fatima, some question why he wouldn’t use the apologia of Pascal’s Wager and consecrate Russia anyway, for there is everything to gain and nothing to lose. However, a Pope who didn’t believe in Our Lady’s promises would be motivated not to consecrate Russia because, desiring the praise of men more than God, he would not want to be embarrassed when the promises of the consecration (as he would believe) “do not come true.” In that sense, such a Pope would have something to “lose,” namely, human and worldly respect.

32 If a devastating EMP attack occurs prior to the papal consecration of Russia, it is unclear how the Pope during such chaos will communicate with the world’s bishops in summoning them to perform the consecration on the same day and at the same hour with him. This possibility would be a further punishment from God for the Popes’ many years of disobedience.




Copyright © by John F. Salza. All Rights Reserved.




Now here’s the instructions on what you should do immediately– -Send a petition to the Holy Father:



Petition to His Holiness Pope Francis


Consecrate Russia to The Immaculate Heart of Mary



Dear Holy Father, I (we) know you love Our Blessed Mother and have consecrated your Papacy to Our Lady of Fatima. This is why I am (we are) emboldened to ask you to do one thing that will please Our Lady the most and secure for the world the blessing of peace She longs to bestow upon it: Consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, along with all the Bishops of he Catholic Church.

Our Lady asked for this Consecration, with the specific mention of Russia. I know that you intend to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart on Oct. 13, and graces would certainly flow from such a Holy Act, but Our Lady did not ask for the consecration of the world – She asked specifically for the consecration of Russia, by the Pope and the Bishops. When this is done solemnly and publicly as She specified Our Lady promises world peace.

Dear Holy Father, you have it in your power to end so much suffering in the world. Only you can do this Your Holiness so (I) we, the undersigned, appeal to you as (one of) your faithful children. Please fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima! (My) our peace , the peace of (my) our family, the Church and the world depends upon it. You have (my) our prayers, (my) our loyalty and (my) our love.


Signed: _________________________________________________




It will cost about a $1.10 to send this simple note. It is surely the best purchase you could ever make. Copy, past, print and mail NOW.


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Il valore sofferenza

Il valore sofferenza

If you don’t speak or understand Italian, the title of this piece is beyond your understanding. But, if you have a knack for figuring out what another language is saying, you may discover that it means, “The Value of Suffering.” The reason for choosing Italian is that it is the language of Madre Provvidenza, a dear friend and the Foundress of the Missionaries of Faith. Mamma, as her children call her, passed from this life in 2001. Even though Madre was totally blind she has many writings in the form of recorded cassettes that are being reviewed to help bring her cause forward. The Sisters send out a booklet on a regular basis with small articles of some of Madre’s writings. The most recent mailing gave me the idea for this post.

I want to begin with something that Madre Provvidenza had in her article to help explain the value of suffering. I’ll do my best to translate as closely as possible without changing any of Madre’s meaning. First of all, she chose the word “martyr” in Italian “martirio” to give a clear explanation. Here is how she did it:

M = Morire a tutto-Dying at all

To die to all

Denouncing the world

A = Amare Iddio-Loving God

To love God with

all your strength, heart and soul

R = Redimere le anime-To redeem the souls

To win souls for Jesus

To be a part of Christ’s redemption

T = Testimoniare il Cristo-Testiminiare the Christ

To give testimony to Christ

Be a witness to Christ

I = Insegnare ai frateli-Teach brothers

To give instruction

To catechize

R = Rettificare le vie-Rectify the streets

To give assurance

To publicly acclaim the Truth

I– Imitare il Crocefisso-Imitate the Crucifix

To be a living sacrifice

Place yourself on the cross

O = Operare il Bene-Operate the Good

To do good works

To follow God’s will

In following the progression of the meaning given to each letter, I think the word martyr or martirio comes to life. First of all, you have to understand that a martyr is not always someone who was burned at the stake, beheaded or stoned to death for the sake of the faith and love of God. These are the truest martyrs and have been given a special grace to suffer in such a manner. However, we all suffer some kind of martyrdom everyday. But, do we accept what we suffer or do we complain and shake our fist at God and say, “Why do you do this to me? It’s all your fault! Blah, blah, blah. . ..”

No, it’s not God’s fault that we suffer, but our own. We must pay for our own faults and those of others if necessary, to gain eternal life and/or lessen our or their stint in Purgatory. Shaking our fist and getting angry can only increase our sentence, or even worse, cause us damnation should we fall so far away from God.

Madre Provvidenza embraced her suffering and she was an advocate of suffering. She did her share of suffering while she lived, beginning with her blindness and then the seven years until the Foundation of the Missionaries of Faith. She was sent out with no money or means of support to find a bishop who would accept her and the foundation of a new Order. Madre relied on Divine Providence to take care of all her needs. There were times of hunger, cold, no sleep, no shelter. This would be scary enough for someone with sight. Madre developed more maladies as time went on, but she suffered them all for the love of God, for priests in particular and any soul in need. I’m sure she knew some of the souls for which she suffered, but we don’t always know who. Sometimes it’s necessary to ask for the grace to suffer for the conversion of a soul, or the health of a loved one. But if we ask, we must be ready to pay for that soul and not complain. Rather, we should say “thank you” for being allowed to participate in the work of Christ’s redemption. That’s what being a martyr is all about and we need to keep this in mind always at the ready to offer our aches, pains, misfortunes, or whatever God sends us for the sake of souls.

As Catholics, how fortunate we are to have this available to us. To have those willing to suffer for us and with us for those most in need. Offering your day with all its ups and downs for the poor souls in Purgatory is a wonderful grace and should not be overlooked. Offer your day when the alarm sounds in the morning, “Lord, I give you this day for the soul of N. or the souls in Purgatory. They need us and we need them! Keep a smile on your face and have a great day!

So, you’ve given the day for a particular soul or the poor souls. Now, before you retire for the night, make your examination of conscience and see how you did. Think of the worst thing that happened to you today… how did you handle the situation? Not so good . . . well now think of the best thing that happened today. How did you handle that? Hmm . . . a bit prideful or with great charity? Well, you know where and what your faults were for the day, make a good Act of Contrition. Don’t let these failings go to waste, offer them as well for those souls that you offered all your sufferings and pray again, “Thank you for sending all that had to suffer today for N. and I pray it was beneficial and I offer my failings and ask for the grace to handle the situation or one like it more to Your liking.”

I hope this piece has been beneficial to you in understanding the value of suffering and why it is so necessary. Suffering brings grace to those in need that cannot or will not pray for themselves. We also benefit from suffering to shorten our stay in Purgatory. So, no more complaining or fist shaking, embrace, accept and win souls for Jesus. Suffer well, pilgrim, suffer well!

Before you go, pick a martyr and see if their life and suffering included all the points made by Madre Provvidenza. I’m sure you’ll find that it truly did. There are two kinds of martyrs: red and white. Red martyrs die by violence, shedding their blood. White saints die a death of total love of God usually accompanied with physical ailments, for example. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.

To learn more about Madre Provvidenza visit the official web site.

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Pope Saint Pius X – Part 2


Pope St. Pius X part 2




O God, Who to safeguard the Catholic Faith and to restore all things in

Christ, didst fill the Supreme Pontiff, Saint Pius, with heavenly wisdom and

apostolic fortitude: grant in Thy mercy: that by striving to fulfill his

ordinances and to follow his example, we may reap eternal rewards.”


On this day in the history of Holy Church, the Roman Martyrology teaches us that St. Gregory the Great was raised to the Sovereign Pontificate, saying, “This incomparable man, being forced to take that burden upon himself, sent forth from the exalted throne brighter rays of sanctity upon the world.” How fitting that the Church makes this day the feast day of another great Pope …namely St. Pius X.The readings from Matins says of him: “After the death of Pope Leo XIII he took up the supreme pontificate like a cross, having refused it in vain.”


When asked what name he would take, he replied: “Because the Popes who suffered the most for the Church in the previous century bore the name Pius, I will take this name.”


The reading from Matins goes on to say of him: “Placed upon the chair of Peter, he gave up nothing of his former way of life. He shone especially in humility, simplicity and poverty. He ruled the Church firmly and adorned it with brilliant teachings. As a most vigilant guardian of the faith, he condemnedand suppressed Modernism, the sum of all heresies; as a most zealous defender of the freedom of the Church, he boldly resisted those who strove to bring about her downfall; he provided for the sound education of clerics, brought the laws of the Church together into one body; and greatly fostered the worship and more frequent reception of the Eucharist.”


Knowing his Spouse and Mother, the Holy Church, was deeply wounded by heresy on the inside and being attacked from the outside, he is said to have never smiled as Pope. He knew there was a cosmic battle being waged…and he, as the Vicar of Christ, assumed his role most fittingly with EVANGELICAL SERIOUSNESS. He knew this was no time to be laughing. Read the Gospels… you will find the same seriousness in His Majesty, Our Lord Jesus Christ.


For our meditation today, let us concentrate on his love for the priesthood. In this month of Our Lady of Sorrows, we can think of how Pope St. Pius used to test seminarians and priests about devotion to Our Lady. He would simply ask them why we should be devoted to her. The answer he was looking for, “so that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Deeply dedicated to the priesthood, St. Pius often used to say, “Sicut sacerdos, sic populos” … as the priest, so the people. This motivated him to seek complete reform of the clergy whenever and however he could… by teaching and by example… knowing it would lead to the reform of the whole Church. He understood that this a priestly Universe. There will be

no reform without holy priests. Here are some considerations.


Due to his outstanding work as a pastor and later as the director of spiritual formation in the local seminary, he was chosen to be bishop of Mantua. He tried to evade the promotion just as, later on, he tried to flee from the papacy. He wrote a long letter to Rome, setting out all the reasons why he should not be appointed. Back came the reply, one word,

written by Pope Leo XIII himself. “Obey!” SoFr. Sarto obeyed, and was consecrated bishop. Soon afterwards, he went home and showed his motherthe episcopal ring which he had been given. Signora Sarto held out her own work-worn hand, with the simple gold wedding-band on the third finger. “You have a beautiful ring,” she said, “but you would not be wearing ittoday if I had not first worn this one.” Pope Pius always kept a picture of his mother on his desk. In Rome, Leo XIII soon had cause to be proud that he had chosen Fr. Giuseppe Sarto for Mantua, saying: “He is the best bishop in Lombardy!”


The biggest problem facing the diocese was a shortage of priests: during his first year only one was ordained, though forty were needed. So the new bishop launched a very energetic campaign for vocations. He took over personally the running of the seminary, engaged the best professors and taught some of the more important courses himself. He told his priests to keep a constant look-out for young men who might possibly be called to the priesthood and ordered that they be given every encouragement and brought to see him atthe earliest opportunity.


Within a very few years, nearly 150 new priests had been ordained. They must have been very good men… because later he would write as the Pope: “Bear well in mind, Venerable Brethren, the Apostle’s warning to Timothy: ‘Do not lay hands hastily upon anyone.’ In fact, haste in admitting men to Sacred Orders naturally opens the way to a multiplication of people in the sanctuary who do not increase joy. … The eagerness of the aspirants is no excuse for haste. The priesthood that Jesus Christ instituted for the salvation of souls is by no means a human profession or office which anyone desiring it for any reason can say he

has a right to receive” (PIENI L’ANIMO No. 4).


“…you have a very serious obligation before God of guarding and fostering most solicitously the proper conduct of the seminaries. Your priests will be as you have trained them” (No. 5). “Let philosophy, theology, and the related sciences, especially Sacred Scripture, be

studied along the lines of pontifical directives: according to the teaching of Saint Thomas…” (No. 6). As the priest, so the people. Like St. Francis de Sales, he told his priests that he wanted no special preparations when he called: the ordinary fare of the presbytery was

good enough for him. He kept in constant touch, knew all their problems and had his own way of dealing with those who were not up to their duties. For example, one parish priest had become especially careless in his duties: he was constantly late in getting to church so that people who wanted to go to confession before Mass had no opportunity to do so. When the laggard arrived one morning, late as usual, he was astonished to find that someone was already hearing confessions.


Pulling back the curtain, he found himself face to face with Bishop Sarto. Crestfallen, he waited for the rebuke. It did not come. “Any time you have trouble getting to church, Father, just let me know,” said the gentle Bishop. “I’ll always be happy to stand in for you.” That priest was never late again.


Story of St. Luigi Orioni

When the father of a boy he knew complained that Cardinal Sarto, the Patriarch of Venice, was spoiling his boy by inviting him to his room to talk alone, play cards and smoke cigarettes, Don Orione grew indignant and wrote a scathing letter to the Cardinal. He regretted his action shortly after posting the letter. Some years later, when the same Cardinal became Pope Pius X, he feared their first meeting. Yet, Pius X granted all his wishes and more. Before they parted company, however, Pius showed Luigi the letter he sent. The Pope had kept it in his breviary all that time for the sake of humility.


At the beginning of his pontificate, Pius X wrote, “To seek peace without God is an absurdity.”This is same as saying to seek peace without God’s Pontiff on earth is an absurdity.Having often foreseen and foretold a great war between European nations, he stepped up diplomatic measures to prevent this tragedy. Nonetheless, in the summer of 1914, the First World War broke out. The Holy Father’s heart was broken. In his distress, he

repeated day and night: “I offer my miserable life as a sacrifice, to prevent the massacre of so many of my children… I suffer for all those who fall on the battlefields…” On August 15, he felt unwell, and on the 19th,he was on the verge of death. “I place myself in the hands of God,” he said with otherworldly tranquility. Around noon, he was given the last Sacraments, which he received, calm and serene, in complete lucidity and admirable devotion. On August 20, at oneo’clock in the morning, making a slow sign of the Cross and joining his hands, as if he were celebrating Mass, having kissed a little Crucifix, the holy Pontiff entered into eternal life. His body remains incorrupt and able to be viewed in St. Peter’s Basilica under the Altar of the Presentation.


Dear Saint Pius come back!We need you again! Holy Church needs you again! In the name of the Father . . ..


Homily given on September 3, 2013, Feast of Pope Saint Pius X

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Pope St. Pius X – September 3

Pope St. Pius X and Modernism

I found this homily to be quite prevalent for the world today and to be listened to with great intensity. -Admin



Although today is the feast of St. Stephen, King of Hungary, I would like to offer the first of two reflections on tomorrow’s Saint, Pope Pius X. I am sure that St. Stephen would approve of this plan since he himself “obtained his royal crown from the Pope and, when he had been anointed king at the Pope’s command, he offered his kingdom to the Apostolic See” (Matins). Furthermore, we might call to mind that when Prince Karl and Zita Hapsburg met with Pope Pius X, he prophesied that Karl would soon be king of Austrian-Hungarian Empire…something that did not seem likely given that there were others in front of him. …but the prophecy soon came true.

Turning to St. Pius X, in his first encyclical, E supremi apostolatus, of October 4, 1903, he made known to the whole world the program of his pontificate: “To restore all things in Christ, so that Christ may be all and in all (cf. Ephesians 1:10 & Colossians 3:11)… To lead back mankind under the dominion of Christ; this done, We shall have brought it back to God… Now the way to reach Christ is not hard to find: it is the Church… It was for this that Christ founded it, gaining it at the price of His Blood, and made it the depositary of His doctrine and His laws, bestowing upon it at the same time an inexhaustible treasury of graces for the sanctification and salvation of men… The duty has been imposed of bringing back to the discipline of the Church human society, now estranged from the wisdom of Christ; the Church will then subject it to Christ, and Christ to God.”

Due to the intense pressure of the Enlightenment (which was running rampant with the spread of Rationalism and Liberalism) many theologians and priests started to adopt its principles as the 19th Century progressed. They formed a new theological system that came to be known as “modernism.” It attempted to wed the Church with the modern age, making it more relevant. The modern age was and still is rationalistic… naturalistic…  humanistic. Consequently, they sought to remove the Divine from everything we believe… to remove the vertical, making all horizontal or natural. No miracles, no piety, no Mystical Body of Christ, etc. They pretended to believe, holding all the doctrines of the Church by name…but giving them new meaning (e.g., The Church, Hell,… ). Thus, Modernism is called “the sum of all heresies” (Matins for Pius X).

By the time Pope Pius took office, he exclaimed that its errors had “nearly [reached] the very bowels and veins of the Church.” He also said, “the rationalists are not wanting in their applause, and the most frank and sincere among them congratulate themselves on having found in the Modernists the most valuable of all allies” (Pascendi, no. 39).

The steps taken by Pius X to find a remedy for this evil system resulted in the decline of Modernism in just a few years. The principal agitators were removed from teaching positions in the Catholic Church, and new impetus was given to philosophical and theological studies in keeping with the principles of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Although firm in doctrine, Pius X nevertheless showed great kindness towards those who had gone astray. In 1908, he recommended to the new bishop of Châlons (France): “You are going to be Father Loisy’s bishop (Loisy, called the “father of modernism” by some, was excommunicated because of his persistence in the heresy.) Treat him with kindness and, if he makes one step towards you, make two steps towards him.” This was a concrete application of his principle: “Fight error, without touching the individual.” Hate sin and error…but seek the salvation of the sinner.

Like the Cure of Ars, whom St. Pius beatified, he did not miss an opportunity to do his enemies a good turn. One day, a certain citizen of Mantua penned a newspaper article libeling its bishop, an offence for which he could have been sent to jail. Despite the advice of his assistants, the good bishop refused to prosecute, or to take any other action. “What that poor man needs is prayer, not punishment,” he declared. When, soon afterwards, the libeler went bankrupt and it looked as though he really would go to jail, it was St. Pius who saved him by sending him money anonymously. “Say that it is a gift from Our Lady of Perpetual Help,” he told the messenger.

Yet, Modernism, so vigorously denounced by St. Pius X, unfortunately did not disappear. In 1950, Pius XII, in the encyclical Humani generis, warned against various errors, many of which were related to Modernism. The philosopher Jacques Maritain, not free of the heresy himself, stated in one of his books (Le Paysan de la Garonne (1966)) that “the Modernism of Pius X’s time was a mere hayfever” in comparison to the neo-Modernist movement that was currently in vogue.

During the General Audience of January 19, 1972, Pope Paul VI denounced “errors which could completely ruin our Christian conception of life and history. These errors were expressed in a typical manner in Modernism which, under other names, is still widespread.” On September 14th of the same year, Cardinal Heenan, Archbishop of Westminster, echoed the Pope’s declaration, observing that, although the word “heretic” is no longer used in our times, “heretics have by no means ceased to exist. Heresy number one is what we are accustomed to calling Modernism… Modernism is back, and will appear again as the primary threat to the Church of tomorrow. As authority of all sorts has become universally unpopular, the climate has never been more favorable towards a renewed attack against the authority of God and the Magisterium of His Church. The Resurrection, the Holy Trinity, the immortality of the soul, the Sacraments, the Sacrifice of the Mass, the indissolubility of marriage, the right to life of unborn children, of the elderly and the incurably ill—all these doctrines accepted without problem by Catholics till now, will very likely be the object of attacks in the Church of tomorrow.” The experience of the few decades reveals the truth of this analysis. Cardinal Joseph Siri of Genoa in his work Gethsemane: Reflections on the Contemporary Theological Movement (1981) proves and verifies that Modernism is alive and well in our times. All this makes us appreciate the efforts, writings and teachings of St. Pius X … and that we seek to understand them to keep ourselves free of this heresy.

We are living in a time in which to keep our faith alive, we must study and know our faith. We must know it as it has always been known… and that is why Tradition will keep us sane in such times as these…


Homily given on September 2, 2013, the Feast of St. Stephen of Hungry

10In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.
11Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free. But Christ is all, and in all.
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