Catholic inspirations from Africa

March 21, 2014
Source: District of the USA

Featured here is a newsletter from Zimbabwe, a video link of Archbishop Lefebvre's last visit to Gabon in 1990, a special Lenten prayer for Africa, and some inspiring words from the Archbishop's 60th jubilee sermon about the effects of the Mass on souls.

In connection with our Lent for Africa campaign, we offer the most recent issue (March 2014, #19) of the SSPX's newsletter from Zimbabwe, Tinotenda Mwari.

Video of Archbishop Lefebvre in Africa

The French District's website has just posted a video of Archbishop Lefebvre's June 1990 visit to the SSPX's house in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), where he had labored as a Spiritan missionary for many years. Though in French, the recording edifyingly shows the continued promotion of the Faith in that part of Africa and its fervent practice in that region.

This video is also significant as it was made less than a before Archbishop Lefebvre's death on March 25, 1991. Another interesting note, is that the priest next to Archbishop Lefebvre is none other than Fr. Patrick Groche, now stationed at St. Michael's Church in Farmingville (Long Island), New York, who also labored for many years on behalf of the SSPX in Africa.

Lenten Prayer to the Queen of Africa

We would also like to provide our readers a special Marian prayer composed by the African District to be recited during this Lenten season:

Our Lady, Queen of Africa, give me the grace, during this time of Lent, to have a part in carrying the Holy Cross of Thy beloved Son Jesus. Our Lady, Queen of Africa, receive my prayers and sacrifices especially for the salvation of the souls of my brethren in Africa. Our Lady, Queen of Africa, may all these souls benefit from the work of Redemption which Thy Son Jesus has performed for all men Thy children. So that we may all be gathered together with Thee in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, for the most Holy Glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Amen."

What the grace of the True Mass can do

The extract below is from the 60th priestly jubilee sermon of Archbishop Lefebvre given in September 1979, which shows the supernatural effect that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass can have on souls:

I was ordained a priest in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart de la rue Royale in Lille on September 21, 1929, by the then Archbishop Lienart. I left shortly afterwards—two years afterwards—for the missions to join my brother who was already there in Gabon. There I began to learn what the Mass truly is.

Certainly I knew by the studies which we had done, what this great mystery of our Faith was, but I had not yet understood its entire value, efficacy and depth. This I learned day by day, year by year, in Africa, and particularly in Gabon, where I spent 13 years of my missionary life, first at the seminary and then in the bush among the Africans, with the natives.

There I saw—yes, I saw—what the grace of the Holy Mass could do. I saw it in the holy souls of some of our catechists. I saw it in those pagan souls transformed by the grace of baptism, transformed by assistance at Holy Mass, and by the Holy Eucharist. These souls understood the mystery of the Sacrifice of the Cross and united themselves to Our Lord Jesus Christ in the sufferings of His Cross, offering their sacrifices and their sufferings with Our Lord Jesus Christ, and living as Christians.

I can cite names: Paul Ossima de Ndjole, Eugene Ndonc de Lambarene, Marcel Mable de Donguila, and I will continue with a name from Senegal, Mr. Forster, Treasurer-Paymaster in Senegal, chosen for this delicate and important function by his peers and even by the Moslems due to his honesty and integrity. These are some of the men produced by the grace of the Mass. They assisted at the Mass daily, communicating with great fervor and they have become models and the light of those about them. This is just to list a few without counting the many Christians transformed by this grace.

I was able to see these pagan villages become Christian, being transformed not only, I would say, spiritually and supernaturally, but also being transformed physically, socially, economically and politically. Because these people—pagans that they were—became cognizant of the necessity of fulfilling their duties, in spite of trials, in spite of the sacrifices of maintaining their commitments, particularly their commitment in marriage. Then the village began to be transformed little by little under the influence of grace, under the influence of the grace of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Soon all the villages were wanting to have one of the Fathers visit them. Oh, the visit of a missionary! They waited impatiently to assist at the Holy Mass in order to be able to confess their sins and then to receive Holy Communion.

Some of these souls also consecrated themselves to God: nuns, priests, brothers, giving themselves to God, consecrating themselves to God.

There you have the fruit of the Holy Mass."