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Letters from one of our blesed early watchdogs.
Early Watchdog: Solange Hertz
Solange Strong Hertz
St. John the Baptist had tried to make it clear to the Jews that he could not be the Messiah because “He that cometh from above is above all. He that is of the earth, of the earth he is, and of the earth he speaketh. He that cometh from heaven is above all” (John 3:31). One of the first requirements for eternal life is knowing up from down.
These two basic orientations, immediately evident to our senses, not only regulate the Commandments, but everything that exists. In a famous dialogue between human learning and divine wisdom recorded by St. John, Our Lord told the Sanhedrist Nicodemus who had come to question Him secretly by night, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” So radically beyond the flesh is the spirit, that “unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” And not just “again,” for the Greek word used by St. John was an adverb which also means from above.
Met with polite derision on the part of His visitor, Our Lord asks him,” Art thou a master in Israel and knowest not these things? …No man hath ascended into heaven but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven” (John 3:3 ff.) As Pius IX pointed out in Singulari quadam, human reasoning cannot be depended on to find truth on its own, especially since its light has been dimmed by original sin. Because pride particularly obscures the obvious, the radical difference between up and down would appear to be among those things hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed only to the Father’s little ones.
Our Lord tells Nicodemus,” If I have spoken to you earthly things and you believe not, how will you believe if I shall speak to you heavenly things?” (John 3:10,12)
To be continued…
Early Watdog: Solange Hertz
Will He Find Faith…in the third millennium?
Solange Strong Hertz
Editor’s Note: The following originated as an address given by Solange Hertz at The Remnant’s Christ the King Forum. It was a keynote address delivered after Mrs. Hertz had been presented with the St. Catherine of Siena Award for her outstanding contribution to the Cause.
Dear Friends and their Guardian Angels,
What can I say? I can accept so undeserved an honor only in the name of The Remnant staff itself, its writers, the Matt family and the faithful readers who all these years have fought for the faith in any way they could against the tidal wave of error launched against it. Even as I speak we are standing on the brink of the third Christian millennium, watching the rise of a global world government which takes its authority not from heaven above, but from man below. Its first visible manifestation was the United States of America, the first human government constituted autonomously under no God, but only by the authority of “We the people.” Having by now legalized divorce, sodomy, abortion and the cannibalism of human embryos, it appears that these same People are disposed to submit to authority even lower than themselves, to that of hell itself.
Satan, who is incapable of creative originality and can only ape God in whatever he devises, is using democracy to put together a whole new order of social reality, which is nothing less than a reverse image of the Christian civilization which flourished for over a thousand years under Christ the King. In this new order, water, the primordial substance on which both natural and supernatural life depend, is being superseded by electricity. The unity once supplied by the Holy Ghost residing in the souls of men through their Baptism in Christ is now generated physically by a world network of electronic communication, whose new international language is no longer the Greek, Latin or Hebrew affixed to the Holy Cross, but universal English, the language of the United States.
Divinely created natural substances like wood, stone, fibers and leathers are giving way increasingly to artificially produced plastics of every description. A whole new science built on the errors of Galileo, Newton, Darwin and Einstein which ignores divine revelation on principle, has been developed for the express purpose of presenting a view of God’s creation which is radically removed from reality. Now generally accepted as the new source of truth, this false science is preparing to tamper with life itself, to modify man’s very nature by manipulating his genes in the laboratory.
Let’s make no mistake: This gigantic reversal is not against religion, for even now it is in the process of manufacturing one for itself, an ecumenical religion whose worship is directed to a vague, all-purpose “god” who so far remains rigorously undefined so as to be acceptable to all, even to the members of the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The rebellion is therefore not against religion or deity as such, but specifically against the God who told us exactly who He is — the one almighty Blessed Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Who out of pure love, created us out of nothing and sent His beloved Son to redeem us and rule over us both here and hereafter as Christ the Universal King. Satan’s intention is to supplant Him by his puppet the Antichrist, characterized by St. John as precisely the one “who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).
St. Paul predicted that this “man of sin” would appear after a widespread revolt, as one “who opposes and who is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God…. whose coming is according to the working of Satan in all power and signs and lying wonders.” We know these lying wonders cannot be supernatural if they come from the hand of Satan, so there is good reason to expect them to be scientific marvels of all kinds, leading people without faith to believe that man is really his own god and that the Christian God was simply one of the fabrications of his outgrown evolutionary past. St. Paul tells us that God will punish them by sending them “the operation of error, to believe a lie, that all may be judged, who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity” (2 Thess. 2:4, 9-11).
Cardinal Pacelli, before he became Pope Pius XII, prophesied that “a day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God, that His Son is only a symbol and, in the churches, Christians will look in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them.” Jean Vaquié, a great French post-conciliar fighter for tradition, declared in 1987 (not long before he died), that “the universal Republic is [now] set up, with the Church in no condition to hamper it in any way. But the devil’s objectives have not yet been reached. The universal Republic must first be transformed into the Sacral Empire so that the Antichrist can assume the crown so long coveted, that of ‘the King of the World.’ Thus the Catholic religion must be replaced by the Universal Religion, whose pontiff will be the Antichrist and whose God will be Lucifer.”
In order to achieve this goal, according to Prof. Vaquié, “speculative Masonry infiltrated the Church where it organized first a modernist network, and more recently a gnostic network. This double network, orchestrated by the same hand, corrupted the ecclesiastical hierarchy, which is now reduced to impotence. Masonry no longer has any reaction to fear on the part of the official conciliar Church. It has definitely enrolled her in its ranks and made her its auxiliary. Barring a miracle of resurrection, the situation is canonically irreversible, for no ecclesiastical procedure lies any longer outside Masonic control. The Council, the Synod, the Curia, the Conclave and the Apostolic See itself, all are in its hands.” +
What can the ordinary layman do in such a situation, when it appears that Holy Mother Church, in conformity with her divine Master, has now entered into her own Passion and is approaching her Crucifixion? Isn’t he doomed to standing by helplessly as did the disciples who watched their Lord being led to Calvary after all His Apostles but one had fled? Even in the best of times the layman has no hand in governing the Church, much less in making judgments reserved to the Pope. Whatever authority he wields is strictly delegated. For the most part he can only obey, petition, pray and suffer, rooting his will in God’s and helping others to do likewise as best he can.
Scripture says that “all things have their season… a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted… a time to destroy and a time to build” (3:1-3). Believers, trapped in the spiritual turmoil unleashed upon them by this so-called New Order of the Ages, are surely not living in a time for building and planting, but a time for simply surviving what bodes to be the most violent storm in history, an unprecedented trial which our Lord called a “great tribulation such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, neither shall be. And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved” (Matt. 24:21-2).
Certainly no political stratagems or other natural remedies are equal to the task at hand. Three hundred years ago our Lord offered to preserve Christendom’s secular power, which rested on the French monarchy, if the King would consecrate the nation to His Sacred Heart, but the divine offer was disregarded. During His earthly life Our Lord had predicted that “whosoever… shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 10:33). In due time, therefore, Church and state parted company, and the whole world fell to godless modern democracy. At the beginning of the twentieth century, our Lady came to Fatima to request prayer, penance and the consecration of atheistic Russia to her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and Bishops, making it clear that only supernatural means would avail to turn the diabolic tide. Like our Lord’s, her requests likewise went unheeded, opening the way to the Second World War and atomic warfare.
The magnitude of such failures in obedience at the very summits of both secular and ecclesiastical authority are the measure of the disaster lying ahead in the time of which our Lord asked, “When the Son of man comes, shall he find . . . faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). The Mass and the Sacraments can be expected to disappear, at least for a time in many places, yet inasmuch as our Lord also said that “he that shall persevere unto the end … shall be saved,” it will be possible to keep the faith, although He warned us that we must be prepared to “be hated by all men for my name’s sake” (Matt. 10:22).
The Sacred Heart promised that He would reign despite His enemies, and our Lady said that inevitably her Immaculate Heart would triumph. Until this happens, the ordinary Catholic can only follow the instruction the glorified Christ of the Apocalypse gave to the church of Sardis, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die… Have in mind, therefore, in what manner thou hast received and heard; and observe, and do penance” (Apo 3:2-3).This is the time, in other words, to pick up the heavy weapons of prayer and suffering and learn to do without the fast disappearing visible helps of the Church. +
In 1801, during the spiritual chaos following the French Revolution, many Catholics refused to avail themselves of the ministry of apostate priests who had taken the oath to the revolutionary regime. Finding themselves bereft of Mass and the Sacraments, a group of them wrote for spiritual direction to a Father Demaris, a Missionary of St. Joseph and a professor of theology in Lyon who had remained faithful to his Ordination. His reply has come down to us and is even more pertinent today than when it was first written. He tells his correspondents: “The Holy Eucharist had for you many joys and advantages when you were able to participate in this Sacrament of love, but now you are deprived of it for being defenders of truth and justice.” He says they must not despair however, because, “We are obedient in going to Communion, but in holding ourselves from the Sacrifice we are immolating ourselves… We sacrifice our own life as much as it is in us to do” and the sacrifice is continuous, “renewing itself every day, every time that we adore with submission the hand of God that drives us away from His altars… It is to be advantageously deprived of the Eucharist, to raise the standard of the Cross for the cause of Christ and the glory of the Church… Yes, I have no fear in saying it. When the storm of the malice of men roars against truth and justice, it is more advantageous to the faithful to suffer for Christ than to participate in His Body by Communion. I seem to hear the Savior saying to us, ‘Repair by this humiliating deprivation that glorifies Me, all the Communions which dishonor Me. ‘ ”
Regarding the loss of sacramental Confession Fr. Demaris wrote, “Removed from the resources of the sanctuary and deprived of all exercise of the Priesthood, there remains no mediator for us save Jesus Christ. It is to Him we must go for our needs. Before His supreme Majesty we must bluntly tear the veil off our consciences and in search of the good and bad we have done, thank Him for His graces, confess our sins and ask pardon and to show us the direction of His Holy Will, having in our hearts the sincere desire to confess to His minister whenever we are able to do so. There, my children, is what I call confessing to God! In such a confession well made, God himself will absolve us…. Anything which attaches to God is holy. When we suffer for the truth, our sufferings are those of Jesus Christ, who honors us then with a special character of resemblance to Him with His Cross. This grace is the greatest happiness that could possibly happen to a mortal in this life.
“It is thus in all painful situations that deprive us of the Sacraments. The carrying of the Cross like a Christian is the source of the remission of our sins, just as it was for the sins of the whole human race when it was once carried by Jesus Christ…. What the world does to drive us away from God only brings us closer… We are able now to repair those faults which came from too great a trust in absolution and not examining one’s weaknesses thoroughly enough. Obliged to wail now before God, the faithful soul considers all its deformities… Let this confession to God be for you a short daily practice, but fervent… The first fruit that you will draw from it apart from the remission of your sins, will be to learn to know yourself and to know God, and the second will be to be ever ready to present yourself to a priest if you are able, enriched in character by the mercy of the Lord. ”
As for being deprived of the Last Sacraments at the moment of death, Fr. Demaris wrote, “Console yourselves, my children, in the trust you have in God. This tender Father will pour on you His graces, His blessings and His mercies in these awful moments that you fear, in more abundance than if you were being assisted by His ministers, of whom you have been deprived only because you wouldn’t abandon Him. The abandonment and forsakenness that we fear for ourselves resembles that of the Savior on the Cross when He said to His Father, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ … Your pains and abandonment lead you to your glorious destiny in ending your life like Jesus ended His!”
Bearing all this in mind, there are many Catholic practices left to the laity which cannot be taken away from us: +
First and foremost there is the daily recitation of the Rosary, the “layman’s breviary,” which is essentially a compendium of the Divine Office, the official prayer of the Church and on which, together with the Angelus we can structure our day. +
We can pray the Chaplet of Mercy as a means of keeping us in union with the eternal Mass in heaven where the Son constantly offers Himself to the Father in the Blessed Trinity for our salvation. We can always make spiritual Communions. +
There is an abundance of sacramentals to be used with faith. Beginning with the Scapular of Mt. Carmel, the holy habit by which the fervent Catholic is universally identified, there are the Miraculous Medal and the Saint Benedict Medal, besides many other scapulars and medals, not to mention relics of the saints. +
Besides the Bible, in which for centuries God was pre-incarnate and in which He still resides in His Word, there are countless good Catholic books and lives of the saints. Collect them, read them, study them, lend them to others! +
And let’s not forget the dogged, daily practice of virtue, forgiving all offenses real or imagined, trying always to overcome evil with good, loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate us. There are the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to be performed, especially counseling the doubtful and teaching the ignorant of all ages in these dark days, helping one another both materially and spiritually, “teaching and admonishing one another” as St. Paul advised the early Christians (Col. 3:16).
Whatever means we make use of, we must pray without ceasing, whether saying the approved prayers of the Church, making the Stations of the Cross or meditating on the Gospels. Above all other practices we should cultivate the awareness of the divine Indwelling in our own souls as we would in church before a sanctuary lamp. St. Paul asks, “Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? … For the temple of God is holy, which you are” (1 Cor. 3;16-17). Only unrepented mortal sin can remove God’s presence from the souls of the baptized.
The spiritual master Fr. Edward Leen pointed out that, “The material temple of God does not worship the God in whose honor it is built,” but “the spiritual temple can and does. It is its prerogative to do so…. It is to be noted that there is no question here of a merely metaphorical or figurative presence. It is one which is real and substantial.” And then he goes on to say something which many of us may find surprising: “The Holy Ghost is present in the soul in grace in a manner which bears an analogy to, but is much superior to, that in which the Incarnate God is present under the sacred species…. It was to make this wonder possible for us that Jesus lived, labored, suffered and died… If the soul in grace cultivates a close attention to God within it and labors to draw ever closer to Him by perfecting its worship of love and service, it gradually undergoes a transforming process. It becomes more and more like to the God it loves, and becoming like Him, begins to have a foretaste of that bliss enjoyed by God himself and those to whom He stands revealed in the Beatific Vision.” In other words, loss of the sacraments need not stand in the way of our becoming saints.
Nothing happens without the will of God, whose divine Son told us, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt. 10:30), but Fr. Demaris nevertheless warned his charges, “Don’t be surprised at the great number who quit! Truth wins, no matter how small the number of those who love and remain attached to God.”
So I’ll close with the same words with which he ended his long letter: “God watches over us, our hope is justified. It tells us that either the persecution stops or the persecution will be our crown. In the alternative of one or the other, I see the accomplishment of our destiny. Let God’s will be done, since in whatever manner He delivers us, His eternal mercies pour into us.”
Early Watchdog: Solange Hertz on the Little Apocalypse
Little Apocalypse of Our Lady by Solange Hertz
“Well, now, my children, you will pass this along to all my people.”
With these words Mary the Mother of God concluded the famous message she came to earth on September 19, 1846 to deliver to two poor peasant children employed as cowherds on the mountain of La Salette, Famous as the message is, its full contents continue unknown to the vast majority, not only in the world, but even in the Church. This leads one to wonder who “all Mary’s people” really are, for only these, it would seem, does it succeed in reaching, as our Lady said it would.
She didn’t ask the children, Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, to pass it along. She simply told then they would, and that was that. And they have. Somehow, in every generation since, little souls are found who transmit our Lady’s words faithfully and quietly, although for the most part painfully, by the most humble, nay, bumbling means, please God this may be one of them.
Outside the Gospel itself, hardly any communication from heaven has encountered such furious and determined opposition, and that not so much outside the Church, as from within, from those members who would be most expected to take the Secret to heart and preach it from the housetops. It has continued unabated, despite the fact that the apparition at La Salette enjoyed almost immediately the full approbation of the Church, with rich indulgences granted to pilgrims there, and that canonically approved miracles have taken place on the spot. Why?
“Alas,” wrote Melanie to her director Abbé Combe in 1903, “the bishops, those who considered themselves referred to in the Secret, are the enemies of this merciful Secret, just as the high priests condemned the divine Savior to death! . . . And inasmuch as the Mother of God and of all Christians by adoption at the foot of the Cross has recommended that her message in its entirety be made known to her people, what are we waiting for to obey the Virgin Mother, seeing that every day we behold the punishments announced by the Secret taking place? ”
What more are we waiting for, inasmuch as Holy Church has shown herself in favor insofar as She can where revelations are concerned? Pius IX ordered the Bishop of Grenoble to build a beautiful Church on the mountain of La Salette. Leo XIII crowned the statue and gave the sanctuary the title of Basilica. What more do we need to beat our breasts, to admit that all, all of us, have sinned, all of us have provoked God’s justice, all of us have set our lips to the poisoned fount of our depraved passions, drunkenness from which plunges us into darkness? Whoever is ill-willed in regulating his life according to the law of God, according to the maxims of the Gospel, will always find reasons for doubting everything he wants to be in doubt about; the faith of these people is not a sanctifying faith. . .” (Documents Pour Servir á l’Histoire Réelle de La Salette, Nouvelles Editions Latines, Paris, 1963-66)
In our days the Secret has been largely consigned to oblivion. In the lifetime of the visionaries some confessors refused absolution to penitents who read it. Melanie and Maximin were subjected to unparalleled and totally unfounded calumny and persecution. Melanie’s own Bishop, along with many other persons, made her out as insane, or at best unstable. Maximin was reputed an alcoholic. To this day, at best, the general judgment would agree with that expressed by Fr. John Kennedy in his Light on the Mountain: “The deficiencies and idiosyncrasies of Maximin and Melanie are but gargoyles on the monumental, enduring fact of La Salette.” La Salette, yes” Maximin, Melanie and the Secret, no.
After receiving the first communication from our Lady dealing with the divine displeasure at profanations of Sunday and the Holy Name – generally propagated as the Message of La Salette and beyond the limits of this paper – both children were entrusted with a secret. Maximin’s, apparently never intended for the public, was carried to the grave with him. Melanie’s, however, was meant to be revealed in due time: and the moment she began doing so in obedience to heaven, she attracted the full brunt of hell’s fury.
Many good people when they heard it were convinced that Melanie had made it up, so sure were they our Lady would never say such terrible things about the clergy. And if it’s true, what good does it do to reveal it?
To which Mélanie replied: “No, no, the Seat of Wisdom never spoke ill of the Ministers of the Altar! Mercifully, Mary, Patroness of France. Queen of the Catholic clergy, pointed out the diseases infecting the souls of the pastors of God’s people. Those who have forgotten prayer and penance and filled their hearts with affection for transitory things, their faith has cooled. . . Instead of rebelling, they should have entered into themselves, revived their faith, their charity, wisely regulating their conduct in accordance with the examples of Jesus, our divine Master and model,” (Letter to Fr. Combe, September 1902)
That Pius IX believed in Mélanie absolutely, indeed countering her detractors with, “Melanie is a good girl,” seemed to weigh little in her favor. Nor did the fact that he later relieved her of her religious vows, which would have kept her in the cloister where the enemies of the Secret wanted her kept, even going so far as trying to do so forcibly. She tells us, “His holiness Pius IX relieved me of such vows as could not be kept in the world; he said that I couldn’t accomplish my mission in the cloister and he granted me privileges I would never have dared ask him.”
Badgered beyond endurance, even excommunicated by one French Bishop, Melanie eventually fled incognito to Italy, to publish the Secret there under the protection of friendly Italian prelates. Pope Leo XIII, who approved of Melanie as heartily as his predecessor, called her to Rome in 1879 to confer with her not only about the Secret, but about a rule for a religious order which our Lady had given her at the same time and wished founded immediately against the coming crisis. Specifically the Order of the Mother of God, the “Apostles of the Latter Times” predicted by St, Louis de Montfort, it was encouraged in every way by the Pope, who in fact kept Melanie in Rome six months finalizing its Constitutions, but despite several abortive attempts, it always failed to materialize. (The present religious organized under the name of La Salette do not follow this rule, nor are they in any way connected with it.) This great work is yet to come.
The ire of the French bishops, whom Melanie knew to be masonically controlled pursued her even into Italy, where she was driven from pillar to post in her attempt to remain hidden from the world. Applying heavy pressure on Rome to have the Secret put on the Index, these high ecclesiastics even threatened to withhold Peter’s Pence from the impoverished Apostolic treasury.
This was never done, but to placate them Cardinal Caterini sent a letter from the Inquisition forbidding Melanie in 1880 to write about or publish anything further on the Secret. “This unhappy letter has finished, you might say, poisoning my existence,” said poor Melanie,” and has evaporated my trembling hope that by Christianity’s return to its God the long and great scourges which our prevarications deserve might be much mitigated.” In great anguish she complied with the letter. “As for me, I want to be submissive to the Holy Church of God.” Nevertheless she conceded that if she could be certain “that the Caterini letter was unknown to the Holy Father, then I would be free to write and would write.” (Letter to A. M. Schmid, of the periodical Légitimité, July 25, 1896).
Apparently never accorded this certainty, she continued obedient. Contrary to her detractors, Melanie’s life was one of high virtue, austerity and prayer, her apparent eccentricities and “instability” due almost entirely to her fidelity to her mission and her determination to keep herself and her many extraordinary gifts (among them the stigmata) hidden from public view. On reading an account of her life in 1910, Pope St. Pius X exclaimed to the Bishop of Altamura, in whose diocese she had died and was buried, “La nostra Santa!” He suggested to the Bishop that her cause for beatification be introduced immediately.
Testimony to her holiness is plentiful if one knows where to look, but that of the Fr. Rigaux, her last director, should suffice: “In the 48 years that I’ve been a priest, I’ve known and directed some very beautiful souls. I dare state before God, who will soon judge me, that never have I encountered a soul so humble, gentle, pure, obedient a virgin so pure, a character so strong, a victim so resigned in frightful trials, a martyr in body, bearing the stigmata from her tenderest years.”
Melanie died at the age of 72, alone and unattended, on December 14, 1904, but she left us the Secret. It’s extraordinary how many people today are still hesitant about reading it, let alone believing it, because they think it was on the Index. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although it’s true that several publications dealing with it were condemned – some of them with very good reason – the Secret itself has never suffered any official condemnation. As a matter of fact there is extant a letter from Fr. Lepidi, Master of the Sacred Palace, dated December 16, 1912 to Cardinal Luçon, stating officially, that the Secret of La Salette has never been condemned by the Index nor by the Holy Office.
Delivered orally hundreds of times by Melanie herself. It was first published under the Imprimatur of the Bishop of Naples. It appeared a second time under the Imprimatur of Salvatore Zola, Bishop of Lecce, Italy, who gave his permission after consulting with Leo XIII on the matter. This edition was reprinted ne varietur in France in 1904, a few months before Melanie died.
In the meantime the full text had been examined by the congregation of the Index, which found no change necessary. When Leo XIII read it initially, not only did he voice no objection, but he ordered a version with fuller explanations to be undertaken! The Bishops of Arras and bayonne granted further Imprimaturs in 1893, followed by many others throughout Christendom. Fr. Rigaux, writing around the turn of the century, stated that he had in his possession “28 editions of the Secret, with Imprimatur from Cardinals and Bishops.”
Nevertheless, as Mélanie wrote then, “With Imprimatur and all the Imprimaturs, I wonder who will believe the teachings of an apparition, when almost the whole Church of God no longer believes in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Or if she does believe, it’s only with the faith of the intellect and not with the faith of the will.” (May 19, 1904) Although never placed on the Index, the Secret suffered grievous impediments due to the cause Melanie saw so well. It must be forcibly noted here that by a decree of the Holy Office dated December 21, 1915, all the faithful are forbidden to write commentaries or interpretations of the Secret. As far as can be ascertained, this decree is still in effect and must be obeyed.
But are commentaries really necessary? As Mélanie told her director in 1903, “souls who are God’s friends can guess the Secret’s meaning without help, and the others won’t want to because it applies to them too closely.” When all is said and done, “The Secret only proposes observance of God’s law, and complains of the lack of observance of this same law, and it threatens the transgressors of this holy law with chastisements and scourges.” Pope Plus IX summed it up even more briefly: “If you don’t do penance you will perish!”
If this was clear at the turn of the century. It’s even clearer now for those with eyes to see. Hardly any soul of good will needs help interpreting the Secret of La Salette today. It has become an open secret if ever there was one. In the same letter to her director just quoted Melanie explained to him exactly the sort of thing our Lady was referring to when she said, “There are two holy places: the Church and the spouse, or if you prefer, the soul which no longer belongs to herself. In 1865 there passed like a gust of rebellion: an archbishop who poisoned a king; cardinals and others sold the great See of Catholicism, after having become fathers several times, and events of like nature, it’s a long story. But nobody knows about it you say? Haven’t we heard tell that Napoleon, Garibaldi, Gambetta and certain priests were in the habit of visiting convents from time to tine, that they were very charitable towards these nuns? and that in other countries or kingdoms the rendezvous took place in churches? And hasn’t Freemasonry been solemnly established, that is to say, recognized? But it’s useless. I’m not capable of uncovering the stratagems, the brood of crimes which only apathy and frenzy for pleasure have hidden from the eyes of those who already no longer see. We shall see: it’s not everyone who will see, but those souls nearest to the spotless light!” She concludes, “At most we can say that God is reproaching us with the same crimes which caused the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to perish by fire from heaven.”
The prohibition against her publishing anything about the Secret must have weighed on her ever more heavily as she saw public morality sink lower and lower, for apparently she had been given to understand very much more than our Lady’s words conveyed on the surface. Speaking of the apparition she says, “Each word develops and the future action takes place within the moment, and thousands and thousands more things are seen than the ears hear…One sees plots hatching, one sees the kings of the earth, each of whom has several guardian angels; one sees them moving about, doing, undoing; one sees the jealousy of some, the ambition of others, etc., and all that in one word escaping from the lips of her who makes hell tremble.” (Letter to Fr. Bliard) In 1897 she mourned to Fr. Combe, “God used to speak continually to His prophets and they weren’t held to obedience to…when this was contrary to God’s will. Today one must obey or be struck with excommunication. I can only groan at the lamentable state of our loving Jesus’ representatives…”
Yet, even given permission, Mélanie would have been powerless to transmit it all. To the pious and zealous Fr. Roubaud – who had hoped in the beginning to publish a volume on the subject from her pen – she said, “I don’t feel I have the grace to explain. The world isn’t disposed to hear it. What’s more, the little people of God don’t need to touch with the finger. Our sweet Mother Mary didn’t come for believers, but for those who don’t practice the promises made at their baptism.” She had prefaced this with the rueful comment, “It’s possible, and it’s even certain, that the Jews will re-assume their title of people of God and perhaps we shall be rejected.”
Melanie was not acquainted with the famous prophecy of St. Malachy, but in 1894 she told this good priest that among the future events she saw unrolling in the course of the apparition, “I didn’t see, I don’t see, any Great Pope or Great Monarch before an extremely great tribulation, horrifying, terrible and general for all Christendom. But before that time, twice there will be a short-lived peace two shaky, servile, doubtful popes.”
Anyone who thinks the crisis In the Church we suffer today began with the Second Vatican Council need only read Melanie’s correspondence. The following extracts from her letters to Fr. Roubaud are a fair sample:
“When the Secret has been scorned, misunderstood … held back for money, one must be surprised at nothing. The Church will endure forever, our Lord said so; but among the teaching members of the Church, what traitors, what apostates, what mercenaries, what sectarians, who bear the imprint or the sign of the beast with ten horns St. John speaks of in his vision on Patmos! But this beast similar to the Lamb, who rises out of the earth, isn’t it the figure of faithless ecclesiastics? I firmly believe so. Happy those who die in God’s grace, for those who live will see sad and terrifying things. We still haven’t reached the beginning of the end.” (January 2, 1892)
Later the same year, her words apropos of a good priest who was losing his eyesight have sadly increased in relevance today: “Oh, how God afflicts His true servants in these times! But this affliction is a punishment for the half-Christians who have rendered themselves unworthy of hearing the word of truth, which they obstinately refuse to put into practice. When God favored us, when He was giving us all we needed, we abandoned Him; now we blaspheme Him like the damned. God was giving us His graces in manifold ways, now He deprives us of everything. He plays deaf, indifferent, as we did towards Him. We have nothing to say. And now He is taking from us the few good priests who, despite all the thunderbolts of those sold for gold, never ceased teaching us the practice of the Christi virtues and flight from sin…
“… You’d think the devil would keep quiet inasmuch as men are almost all working for him, for his triumph. Well, no, he turns himself into an angel of light, aping true apparitions, truly divine. Later he’ll show his horns, in order to destroy the true divine apparitions by his impostures. It’s noteworthy that in all these false apparition there are always many flattering words directed to certain persons, which these seers, seeing only the devil, apply to some gullible person wrapt in refined self-love. It’s also true there are visionaries without visions, who don’t even need the devil’s help, being themselves possessed.”
The rash of false signs and wonders, tongues and prophecies soliciting our attention so generally now was evidently well under way in the last century. On September 9, 1894, she writes, “The devil is a liar, what he says mustn’t be believed because if he says something true, it’s preceded and followed by lies and wrapped In obscurity. The good Lord doesn’t permit His true worshippers to be playthings of evil spirits at their expense. Today already in the world, in families (Christian in appearance) there are supernatural-diabolic things; these are treated as illness, and bit by bit the serpent’s wonders insinuate themselves noiselessly into society – Mistrust of self, deep and true humility, supreme love of God alone can deliver these souls from the eternal abysses. It seems to me, if I’m not mistaken, that we don’t have to wait for the reign of the Antichrist to see apostates behind masks; today we have a great number, whom Satan recognizes as his own. The sentinels of the sanctuary have passed into the enemy camp!!! The divine supernatural has been scorned! We’ll be taken in the nets of the diabolic supernatural.”
Sad to say, that Melanie prophesied truly here can now be demonstrated. All the more reason, therefore, to heed the Secret. Why risk setting our sights to doubtful prophecies from lesser sources? The words of the greatest saints can never measure up to those of the Mother of God, whose motherly apocalypse could rank second only to that of our Lord himself spoken in the Gospels and through St. John on Patmos.
With this thought in mind we can proceed to a first hand reading of the authentic Secret. The accompanying part is that of the definitive 1904 edition, of which Melanie said in April of that year to Fr. Rigaux: “The Secret is word for word that of our gentle Mother, just as I gave it to His Holiness Leo XIII in 1879.” The following October she wrote, “I protest highly against a differing text, which people may dare publish after my death, I protest once more against the very false statements of all those who dare say and write: First, that I embroidered the Secret; second, against those who state that the Queen of Wisdom did not say to transmit the Secret to all her people.”
We might note here that the Secret was given to Mélanie in French. Although she spoke only patois at the tine and learned French later, she was able to understand the message, and retained it perfectly word for word. When a gentleman asked her as a child how such a thing was possible, she answered, simply, “I don’t know. If the holy Virgin so willed it, sir, I understood.” Our translation may be rather stiff in spots, but every effort was made to hew as closely as possible to the original, inasmuch as in a communication of this kind a change in the nuance of one word can shift the interpretation.
The Secret must be allowed to speak for itself, coming to us as it does from our Lady herself. A true apocalypse, it must be read like all apocalyptic literature, which uses enigma and metaphor precisely so that only those for whom it is intended may grasp its true meaning. Let him who reads understand. Our Lady’s own people, by supernatural instinct, will know not to take its terms in their purely literal sense, any more than they would in reading the Apocalypse of St. John. For instance, they would know better than to take in a carnal sense the “Hebrew nun,” the “false virgin” who is to bear the Antichrist as a result of relations with a Bishop. Genuine apocalyptic messages deal primarily in spiritual matters. These are clothed in material imagery designed to give the clue to the meaning, but which remains secondary. Nor is there any strict chronology sometimes the same event is described in different ways.
Even so, only the light of the Holy Ghost, supported by prayer, penance and innocence of life can unlock divine mysteries for the human intellect, which no amount of purely human explanation can enlighten in such matters. This makes obeying the Decree of 1915 rather easy, for as Melanie said, commentaries are largely useless anyway.
Who will not heed Mélanie may heed St. Gregory the Great: “… Unless the same Spirit is in the heart of the one who learns, unprofitable is the word of the teacher … Unless He is within who will teach us, the tongue of the teacher labors in vain. All alike hear the voice of the speaker, yet all do not understand alike the meaning of the words they hear. Since the word is the same, why do your hearts not understand alike, if not for the reason that, although the voice of the speaker is directed towards all, it is the Master within us who teaches us what is said, and some more than others?” (Serno 30 In Evangelia)
We can do no better than to introduce the Secret with the same words Melanie used before setting down her recital of the marvelous happening at La Salette:
“I obey the most holy Virgin Mother of God and Mother of all believers. I submit this publication to the judgment of the Holy Apostolic See, and I declare condemned in advance all found therein contrary to Catholic doctrine:” Copyright Solange Hertz 1974
A sample Newsletter from Mary shortly after the Vatican II Apostasy
The Sword of Truth October, 1971 The Mitred Judases vs. The Holy Ghost” For some years now, I have been questioning the ―meaningful‖ and relevant‖ changes brought about by Vatican Council II— especially regarding the Liturgy. In the beginning, I was told, by those who should have known better, that the changes were ―only minor,‖ (the word ―innocuous‖ was most frequently used.)
Bear in mind that these so-called innocuous changes were the elimination of established practices such as The Last Gospel (Divinity of Christ), The Leonine Prayers after Mass (which Leo XIII had ordered said after he had had a vision of the devil being loosed upon the world and the Holy Church in danger), and the Prayers for Russia that she might be converted from atheism (order by Pope Pius XI). The above practices were wiped out at Vatican Council II with one little sentence, and I quote: The Last Gospel is omitted; the Leonine Prayers are suppressed.‖ No explanation was given; nobody asked for one and I needed none. With that sentence, the Jewish leaders were given the signal that we were ready to do business with them on their terms.
He came unto His own, and His own received Him Not‖ would no longer prick their guilty consciences (and events since then have proven this); the glorious prayers to God, His Mother and the Archangel Michael, for protection of the Church from her enemies, were lost to the Church, and the battle for souls was launched! The Holy Ghost, seeing the danger to the Church, sent her into eclipse behind the Crucified Body of Our Lord so that they would not be able to harm her.
The Mitred Judases were left on their own to do their worst and they did—they set up a counterfeit church in her place; but the True Church was safe and she would rise, undefiled, another day! It was then that the ―light‖ started going out from the world and men, saturated with pride and their insatiable desire for ―reform,‖ started to go insane! I have posed many questions to priests and religious regarding the workings of the Holy Ghost. As I questioned, I was told that, as long as the pope approved the changes, the Holy Ghost would be guiding the Church since the Holy Ghost always guided the Vicar of Christ. The pope, for this reason, could not err, they said. Well, I knew enough about the history of the Church and the way in which the Holy Ghost works‖ to know that just because a Cardinal becomes pope, it does not mean that God at that moment took away said pope‘s free will; and that, if a pope refused to listen to the whisperings‖ of the Holy Ghost (and depended on his own self-sufficiency he could certainly err like the rest of us sinners.
The Holy Ghost could not contradict all the inspirations that He had given to over 250 popes, and all the dogmatic councils of the Church, by reversing all those teachings at Vatican Council II which was presented to the people under the name of a pastoral council in which none of the dogmas would be changed! Anyone who says that the Holy Ghost could cause confusion among the Faithful and crises of consciences among His holy priests (which was the result of Vatican Council II), utters outright blasphemy! One of the first changes was the replacing of the Altar of Sacrifice with the Protestant table, and then came the constant reference to the meal.
This was clearly against the teachings of all the former councils and popes. Pope Pius XII had stated clearly, ―He who says that the Altar should be replaced with the table, travels the wrong path.´ Remember that he was the pope who said that we should be 100% Catholic. The setting up of the table‖ changed the whole appearance of our once-beautiful churches and forced the priests to turn their backs on Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Holy Tabernacle. These were innocuous‖ changes, my friends? No, it only seemed that way to those who were not watching the renegades and listening attentively to the silver-tongues‖ engaging in neo-moldernistic doubletalk. The Vatican Council II documents can only be described as strange.
Whole documents cancel out other whole documents. And then there are the sentences, most of which contain phrases separated by little semi-colons. Those little semi-colons are the key to all the confusion—and ultimate destruction. Let me explain, as follows: The first part of the sentence is usually sound tradition (the conservatives not to be confused with traditionalists used this part to get a point across), and then came that little semi-colon, followed by a contradictory statement (the liberals used this part to get their point across). The semi-colon was usually followed by the words, nevertheless, but in order to, etc.leaving the door open to innovations of all kinds.
And this is why ―dialogs‖ hit dead ends and why, today, you have an unholy ―mess‖ in your churches instead of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass restored, after the Protestant Reformation, by St. Pius V in his Bull Quo Primum! Now, you might ask, where were the people while all this was going on? Very few bothered to purchase and read the Vatican Council II documents. Then they had a lot of other earthshaking decisions to make, such as, (1) which college they would send their kids to, (2) what make car they would buy that year, and (3), where they would spend their next vacation; the people had long since joined forces with the secular world—they were ripe for the brainwashing which was to come. They stood, sat and sang (anything) and, for the most part, did everything they were told to do. Nobody told them about the Church‘s teaching regarding Lex Credendi, Lex Orandi (the law of Belief is the Law of Prayer). The people were praying like non-Catholics and it wasn‘t long before they began to believe as such and, little by little, their minds were dulled to the true teachings. The so-called Adult Education‖ courses, which were to come upon the scene later, erased whatever beliefs remained. The people had become absorbed into the community‖ church of the new people of God.‖ Their lives did not change physically, but their souls, God help them, were in the utmost jeopardy. All this because the Mitred Judases‖ perpetuated a lie, spawned in Vatican Council II. The innocuous‖ changes had become dogmatic changes and the people became members of the new, counterfeit‖ church! Excepts from the Encyclical PASCENDI DOM GREGIS, Errors of the Modernists by Pope St. Pius X St. Pius X wrote the above encyclical to warn the Faithful against the Sillon movement prevailing in his time, as he sent heads rolling all over the Catholic World. It is interesting to note that the father of Giovanni Battista Montini (now Paul VI) wrote articles for the liberal newspapers glorifying the ―Sillon‖ movement.
St. Pius X opens thusly: The office divinely committed to Us of feeding the Lord‘s flock has especially this duty assigned to it by Christ, namely, to guard with the greatest vigilance the deposit of the faith delivered to the saints, rejecting the profane novelties of words and oppositions of knowledge falsely so-called. There has never been a time when this watchfulness of the supreme pastor was not necessary to the Catholic body; for, owing to the efforts of the enemy of the human race, there have never been lacking men speaking perverse things‖ (Acts xx:30), vain talkers and seducers‖ (Tit. I, 10), erring and driving into error) (2Tim. iii:13).
Still it must be confessed that the number of the enemies of the cross of Christ has in these last days increased exceedingly, who are striving, by arts, entirely new and full of subtlety, to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, if they can to overthrow utterly Christ‘s kingdom itself. Wherefore We may no longer be silent, lest We should seem to fail in Our most sacred duty, and lest the kindness that, in the hope of wiser counsels, We have hitherto shown them, should be attributed to forgetfulness of Our office. GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION: That we make no delay in this matter is rendered necessary especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church‘s open enemies; they lie hid, a thing to be deeply deplored and feared, in her very bosom and heart, and are the more mischievous, the less conspicuously they appear.
We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, nay, and this is far more lamentable, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, feigning a love for the Church, lacking the firm protection of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, vaunt themselves as reformers of the Church; and forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the person of the Divine Redeemer, Whom, with sacrilegious daring, they reduce to a simple, mere man…. 3 Nor, indeed, will he err in accounting them the most pernicious of all the adversaries of the Church. For as We have said, they put their designs for her ruin into operation not from without but from within; hence, the danger is present in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is more certain, the more intimate is their knowledge of her. Moreover, they lay the axe not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers.
And having struck at this root of immortality, they proceed to disseminate poison through the whole tree, so that there is no part of Catholic truth from which they hold their hand, none that they do not strive to corrupt… none is more skillful, none more astute than they, in the employment of a thousand noxious arts; for they double the parts of rationalist and Catholic, and this so craftily that they easily lead the unwary into error; and since audacity is their chief characteristic, there is no conclusion of any kind from which they shrink or which they do not thrust forward with pertinacity and assurance. To this must be added the fact, which indeed is well-calculated to deceive souls, that they lead a life of the greatest activity, of assiduous and ardent application to every branch of learning. Finally, and this almost destroys all hope of cure, their very doctrines have given such a bent to their minds, that they disdain all authority and brook no restraint; and relying upon a false conscience they attempt to ascribe to a love of truth that which is in reality the result of pride and obstinacy.‖ St. Pius tells us how he tried to be kind to them and reason with them:
But you know, Venerable Brethren, how fruitless has been Our action. They bowed their heads for a moment, but they were soon uplifted more arrogantly than ever. If it were a matter which concerned them alone, We might perhaps have overlooked it; but the security of the Catholic name is at stake. Wherefore, as to maintain it longer would be a crime, we must now break silence, in order to expose before the whole Church in their true colors those men who have assumed this bad disguise. St. Pius describes the Modernists: But since the Modernists (as they are commonly and rightly called) employ a very subtle artifice, namely, to present their doctrines without order and systematic arrangement into one whole, scattered and disjointed one from another, so as to appear to be in doubt and uncertainty, while they are in reality firm and steadfast…every Modernist sustains and comprises within himself many personalities; he is a philosopher, a believer, a theologian, an historian, a critic, an apologist, a reformer.
These roles must be clearly distinguished from one another by all who would accurately know their system and thoroughly comprehend the principles and the consequences of their doctrines…. What do they say about dogma? ―Dogma is not only able, but ought to evolve and to be changed…Blind that they are, and leaders of the blind, inflated with a boastful science, since they have reached that pitch of folly where they pervert the eternal concept of truth and the true nature of the religious sentiment; with that system of theirs they are seen to be under the sway of a blind and unchecked passion for novelty, thinking not at all of finding some solid foundation of truth but despising the holy and apostolic traditions, they embrace other vain, futile, uncertain doctrines, condemned by the Church, on which, in the height of their vanity, they think they can rest and main truth itself.
Paul VI, and his renegades in the Vatican, are out-and-out Modernists‖ (as I will explain in future issues of Sword of Truth. VATICAN COUNCIL II – Decree on Ecumenism Contradicts True Teachings Vatican Council II: Most valuable for this purpose (ecumenism) are meetings of the two sides—especially for discussion of theological problems—where each can treat with the other on an equal footing.) (emphasis added) Pope Pius XI taught the following in his Encyclical Mortalium Animos: With this object, congresses, meetings, and addresses are arranged, where all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion.
No such efforts can meet with any kind of approval among Catholics. They pre-suppose the erroneous view that all religions are more or less good and praiseworthy…. Those who hold such a view not only are in error; they distort the true idea of religion, and thus reject it, falling gradually into naturalism and atheism. To favour this opinion, therefore, and to encourage such undertakings‖ (Paul VI clearly did so) is tantamount to abandoning the religion revealed by God.This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See‖ (hear that!) can by no means take part in these assemblies, nor is it in any way lawful for Catholics to give such enterprises the encouragement or support. If they did so, they would be giving countenance to a false Christianity quite alien to the one Church of Christ.
Shall we commit the iniquity of suffering the truth, the truth revealed by God, to be made a subject for compromise? For it is indeed a question of defending revealed truth. Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Immortale Dei: ―The Church, indeed, deems it unlawful to place the various forms of divine worship on the same footing as the true religion. Canon Law, c. 1258: Worship in common with non-Catholics in any active‘ manner is strictly and simply forbidden under pain of mortal sin. (This is what is known as communicatio in sacris, ignored completely by Vatican Council II. Vatican Council II: Some worship in common, given suitable circumstances (?) and the approval of the church authority‖ (the counterfeit‖ church, M.L.) is not only possible but is to be encouraged. (emphasis added)
The document states that this would be a ―means of bearing witness to the unity of the Church‖ and the ―sharing in the means of grace.‖ (?) They didn‘t tell the people how they could obtain grace and commit a mortal sin at the same time! This should give you some idea of insanity of the Decree on Ecumenism. Let me continue quoting the aims: In order that the liturgy may re-discover the fullness of truth‖ (St. Pius V had already restored the Liturgy free from error, to be said in perpetuity, M.L.), in order that the members of the People of God‖ (there‘s that new label, M.L. ) may express themselves, participate and understand, reforms and adaptations are necessary. To bring this about, decentralization was necessary. This is why the Constitution attributes certain powers to the different territorial episcopal assemblies‘‖ (those confounded liturgical commissions. M.L.)
As I read from the commentary by Archbishop Guilford Young of Hobart, Australia, you will notice that they did, indeed, intend to change doctrines. I quote as follows: ―Through the Constitution on the Liturgy is essentially a pastoral‘ document, theologians will not ignore the doctrinal insights. This is all the more likely since the Church has constantly recognized the close bond linking liturgical practice and doctrine (Lex Credendi, Lex Orandi). Surely it would be hard to exaggerate the long-range effect on the constitution‘s striking emphasis on liturgical participation of the whole community‖ (everybody can join in the mess! M.L.) of the faithful. And it will be years before we can weigh the missiological impact of its calm acceptance‖ (they knew the people, M.L.) ―of the norm of cultural adaptation. All in all, a sober reading of the constitution suggests that we, who enacted it, may well find THAT WE WRIT LARGER THAN WE KNEW! (emphasis added) Indeed they did!
They destroyed the Holy Mass and threw out the Holy Canon about which the Council of Trent, dogmatic council), states: ―If anyone says that there are errors in the Canon of the Mass and that it should, therefore, be done away with; LET HIM BE ANATHEMA!‖ COUNCIL OF TRENT, Chapter 4, 22nd Session: Holy things must be treated in a holy way and this sacrifice is the most holy of all things. And so, that this sacrifice might be worthily and reverently offered and received, the Catholic Church many centuries ago instituted the Sacred Canon. It is free from all error and contains nothing that does not savor strongly of holiness and piety and nothing that does not raise to God the minds of those who offer the Sacrifice. For it is made up from the words of Our Lord, from apostolic traditions, and from devoid instructions of the holy pontiffs.
By their fruits, ye shall know them.‖ (Matt. 7:15-21). We have seen the fruits, my friends, which will bring on the ―abomination of desolation‖ (Matt. 24:15-16) and the punishment from God upon the world.
Pray much, and God bless all of you! Mary R. Lejeune
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