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District Superior's
Letter to Friends & Benefactors

March 2010

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

On March 21, 2010, the United States District of the Society of St. Pius X will renew in a most solemn manner, its consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We might wonder: “Why do we need a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Why is it so important for our souls, our families, our whole district, even our country?”

The first answer to this question is that Our Lady Herself, at Fatima, requested it. She asked not only that the pope consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, but also that all souls should come to her.

She gave us a last and supreme means of salvation—the devotion to her Immaculate Heart. By consecrating the District of the United States of America to her, the Society of St. Pius X, its superior, its priests and faithful, come to her with great confidence, to beg her intercession. We intend to offer ourselves wholly; we give our lives, our merits, our prayers, and sacrifices to her so that she may use them for our own salvation, and for the salvation of many souls.

Our Lady calls upon us to consecrate ourselves to her, in order that we might convert. It is in fact, an invitation to change our way of living, for she wants us to lead holier lives. She not only implores us, but will also help us to stop sinning and to obey God’s commandments. She never ceases to remind us that sins lead souls to Hell; for the direct consequence of sins is the perversion of souls which results in the eternal damnation of many.

She reminds us also, that the slavery of perverted societies, which sadly we see so much in our times across the world, is also a consequence of sins. The sins of mankind have led society to enter into a general apostasy; an organization of nations and a world without God—against God. A practical atheism has led people to believe that their happiness can only be found here below on earth, as if God does not exist, and as if there were no life after this one. The whole of modern society, with its “Godless” program, leads souls away from God, even wishing to abort all possible reaction. It leads not only to a certain spiritual death, but also to a spiritual apathy or indifference, a spiritual sleepiness to which is joined a deep blindness—with no counter reaction.  It is indeed, a new form of slavery—barely discernable, but enslavement none the less, for man without God always results in enslavement. A society without God engenders the enslavement of self to one’s base passions and sins. Thus apostasy—the abandonment of Faith—makes us slaves.

The truth shall make you free,” said Our Lord (John 8:32). Thus, the first and main answer to the situation in which we find the world today, is spiritual. It is a question of conversion, of holiness; a search for spiritual perfection, working, as Our Lord said, to “be perfect, as also your Heavenly Father is perfect” (John 5:48). There is no other way for us than to continually strive for sanctity.

It is here and now, that we absolutely need the prayers and protection of our heavenly Mother—the Mother of all men. She is the only one who can obtain this conversion for us from Our Lord. We are in need of the intercession of the Mediatrix of all graces, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Her prayer is all powerful against the spirit of evil, which today pervades everywhere. She can bring to our souls that interior peace which comes from the reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ; and it is only when Our Lord reigns in our souls, that we can hope and trust that this peace may return to the world.

Our conversion is the first grace we ask for in our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We hope to renew our devotion to the Immaculate Heart, especially in the practice of the First Saturdays, and in a spirit of reparation. We wish to console the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, to make reparation for the numerous offenses which she receives from so many who despise Her and refuse Her maternal intercession.

The end of the Rosary Crusade for the consecration of Russia, is a good occasion for us to renew our dedication to Our Lady. It will help strengthen our devotion to her. In addition to the efforts of praying and sacrificing for that intention, it behooves us to offer ourselves to her. These efforts, indeed, must not end here; we must keep up our devotion, without discouragement, calling for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

With great confidence, we come to Our Blessed Mother; who is the “the hope of the hopeless.” Here are we—hopeless without her—full of hope while in her hands.

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary protect and sanctify all the priests and faithful of the District of the United States of the Society of St. Pius X.

With my prayers and blessing,

Fr. Arnaud Rostand

 
 

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