Lourdes, La Salette, Fatima, Akita. Such names resound deeply in the souls of many good Christians today. There has been a recrudescence of interest in the 19th and 20th century apparitions ever since the turning point of Vatican II. Why is this?
People readily invoke the lack of spirituality coming from modern pulpits and ever-changing ceremonies. The normal channels of grace and doctrine suffer from on-going paralysis or are given a charismatic twist. Left thirsty for the divine, spiritual and miraculous, many people have gone to the desert to feed on what manna they could find.
Archbishop Lefebvre was very much aware of it but he was not totally at ease with such enthusiasm. How often did he not complain of the fever of “apparitionitis”! Being the missionary that he was, he made sure that his hearers were given sound doctrine and solid moral principles. With all this, they would be able to withstand the heat or cold of the spiritual desert around them.
Almost weekly, some seer was sending him encouragement, warning or advice for his future projects. And, invariably, his answer was that he was following divine Providence and God would let him know the way through the proper channels. “Test the spirits” was certainly his motto when it came to preternatural revelations or miraculous events. As a Church prelate and judge appointed by God over the flock, he could not afford naïvete in accepting messages of a private nature at face value.
Table of Contents
Theme: Marian Apparitions
The Quito Apparition, By Fr. Paul Kimball and Renée Godinez
Medjugorje: Facts, Judgments and Problems, by Fr. Pierre Duverger, SSPX
Picturing Our Lady: Richard Crashaw’s “The Tear”, by Andrew J. Clarendon
Catechism on Private Revelation, by Kevin Symonds
A Debate on the Mountain: Our Lady of La Salette, by Fr. Dominique Bourmaud, SSPX, vs. Advocate
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: The Collect, by Fr. Christopher Danel
Fairy Tales, by Jane Spencer
The First Masses in Australia at Botany Bay, by Frank Carleton
Build Me a Temple, by a Benedictine monk
A Marian Catechism in Music: The Ave Maria by Josquin Desprez, by Dr. Andrew Childs
Eastern Marian Apparitions, “Orthodoxy” and the West, by John Rao, PhD
The Family Meal, by the Sisters of the Society of Saint Pius X
Notre-Dame de la Garde, by Dr. Marie-France Hilgar
Questions and Answers, by Fr. Juan-Carlos Iscara, SSPX
- Is it a mortal sin, a blasphemy, to say “Oh, my God!”?
- Many spiritual authors recommend the “practice of the presence of God.” What is it? How is it done?
- Which are the most ancient extant objects that make reference to the devotion to Our Lady?
News from Tradition
Church and World
- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
- Cambodia Commemorates the Fall of Communism
- Archbishop Viganò Vindicated
- Faithful Chinese Catholics Abandoned by Pope Francis
The 20th Century Herald, Jacques Maritain, by Prof. Luis Roldán. Translation by Inés de Erausquin
The Last Word, by Fr. Daniel Couture