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District Superior's
Letter to Friends & Benefactors

January-February 2012

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

As the year 2012 begins, it is my desire to dedicate the new year to our Blessed Mother and Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. She is our refuge and hope in all difficulties, and it is with great confidence that we entrust to Her ourselves, the priests of the United States District, the faithful and their families, our parishes and schools, all of our actions, and especially our apostolic work.

St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote this in his book True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin:

The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue, will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as powerful helper to assist them. I said that this will happen especially towards the end of the world, and indeed soon, because Almighty God and his holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs...


...these great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illuminated by her light, strengthened by her food, guided by her spirit, supported by her arm, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other. With one hand they will give battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies, schismatics and their schism, idolaters and their idolatries, sinners and their wickedness. With the other hand they will build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God. By word and example they will draw all men to a true devotion to her and though this will make many enemies, it will also bring about many victories and much glory to God alone.

This meditation from St. Louis de Montfort is a beautiful one with which to start this New Year. I do not quote this text meaning to prophesy the end of the world soon, even though St. Louis, a few centuries ago, was already announcing it as soon. But as to that day and the exact time no one knows.” It is not an effort to search for that time, neither to say that the era described by St. Louis de Montfort is already here. The point is in the devotion and virtues he describes; that is what we must strive for.

We must continue our efforts to work on an always deeper and greater devotion to our Blessed Mother. We ought to focus our efforts on the Rosary Crusade, confident that it will “bring about many victories and much glory to God.”

We need not tire ourselves fighting the enemies of God: heresies, schisms, idolatries, paganism, and sins, etc. On the contrary, illuminated, strengthened, guided, supported, and sheltered by the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we ought to fight the good fight, first of all in our spiritual lives, filled with grace and zeal.

We ought to keep building the City of God, restoring all things in Christ. There is nothing that can be more pleasing to God than to rebuild His Church, stone by stone, meaning soul by soul, priest by priest, family by family, chapel by chapel, school by school…

This is the reason why I wish to dedicate the new year to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, confident that the more we endeavor to love Her and imitate Her, the more we will draw souls into Her motherly protection, and the faster we can hope She will restore all things in Her Divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. May our Heavenly Queen reign over us!

In a more concrete manner, I wish to emphasize once again our Rosary Crusade, which will continue until Pentecost, May 27, 2012. Here we have a practical way to make of the new year a truly Marian one. Let me quote once more St. Louis de Montfort from The Secret of the Rosary:

The Blessed Virgin, protectress of the Church, has given us a most powerful means for appeasing her Son’s anger, uprooting heresy, and reforming Christian morals, in the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, as events have shown. It has brought back charity and the frequent reception of the sacraments as in the first golden centuries of the Church, and it has reformed Christian morals.

There, in praying and meditating on the Holy Rosary, is our hope and our strength.

With my priestly blessing to you, your family and friends, as well as my prayers in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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