What would your life look like? Would you have access to the
sacraments? Would you be walking a tightrope at a "Motu"
Mass, never knowing when the "Spirit of Vatican II" might invade
the sanctuary? Who would your friends be? Committed Catholics
who urge you to press on when life gets difficult? Or people
with a take-it-or-leave it approach to living faithfully to
As I tour the US District, Iím struck
by how many of you are sincerely devoted to your chapels! Iím
updated frequently regarding the sacrifices and hard work from
so many of you toward the maintenance and upkeep of your chapel.
In supporting your chapel, youíre participating in an ancient
and noble practice that reaches back to the very foundation of
the Church (and earlier under the Old Law with the Israelites).
I encourage you to continue to be generous toward your
chapel, to visit it frequently, and to make it a worthy house
for our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this season of renewal and
thanksgiving for the sacrifice of our Lord, Iím asking you to
consider a worthy opportunity for almsgiving and make a special
gift to your chapel, which depends entirely on your generosity.
As you know, itís the motto and
mission of the Society of St. Pius X "To restore all things
in Christ," and I trust that you share that goal and strive
to achieve it in your daily life.
But you canít accomplish this mission
alone. You need the support of priests and religious and fellow
You need your chapel. And your
chapel needs you.
Consider all the ways your chapel
plays an important part in your life, day in and day out. Think
of your pastor. He says Mass, provides spiritual guidance, and
prays for you. He baptizes, hears your confessions, officiates
at weddings, and is there for you at the end of your life. Think
of the orthodox teaching you and your family receive Ė teaching
that may not be available elsewhere simply because a church has
a "Latin Mass" each Sunday. Think of the friendships that mean
so much to you and your family. Think of the experiences you
share with them that help join you as Catholics against a world
that hates you. All of this happens because your chapel exists.
Your chapel provides refuge from a
world gone mad. When you enter into your chapel, you
literally enter into the presence of Godís love and mercy. You
share your cares and troubles with Him without the distractions
that continually hassle you on the outside. You receive
supernatural graces that sustain you in the fight for the
salvation of your soul. Your chapel, then, is vitally important.
One of the faithful wrote to the
District Office recently to describe why his chapel is important
Our chapel embodies all that is good
and noble about the Church. It has been a home to the True
Mass for decades originally serviced by the Society. For some
time its care fell into the hands of others more committed to
liturgical customs than doctrinal purity. Yet, when forces
conspired to destroy the chapel - by which I mean not merely
closing its doors but ending its mission of resisting the
doctrinal and liturgical dangers to the Faith initiated by
Vatican II - the Society came to its rescue. The Society has
kept the sanctuary lamp lit, the doors open, and the whole
Truth taught from the pulpit. Although another nearby option
exists for those who merely prefer a reverent Latin Mass, our
chapel stands open as a gauntlet thrown in the face of the
enemies of the Church proclaiming our obligations transcend
our aesthetic or liturgical preferences. The truth matters!
The sacrifices lived out each week by clergy and laity alike
to keep the sanctuary lamp lit and the whole Truth alive
challenge all Catholics to answer the question: What does it
profit a man if he gains a regular reverent Latin Mass but
loses his soul nonetheless in the forest of the errors and
ambiguities of Vatican II?
What an eloquent tribute to the
generous graces that a chapel yields!
Iím sure you have your own testimonial
about your chapel written at least in your heart.
Just as you need your chapel, your
chapel needs you and relies so much on your generosity. I know
that it is possible to develop a tendency to take your chapel
for granted. The lights are on, heat flows from the vents,
flowers are on the altar, the organ plays Ė everything seems to
be working fine.
But things arenít always as they seem.
There are always needs, both hidden and visible. Whether your
chapel is small or large, new or old, your gift of any
size is essential for tending to present needs, planning
for the future, and supporting the SSPX in expanding our