Some words from Archbishop Lefebvre about Islam and the difficulties faced in making Muslim converts to the Catholic Faith.
In connection with some recent world events and the Sunday-launching of our new Marcel Lefebvre website, we have just added a text from 1987 of Archbishop Lefebvre: "Is it possible to convert the Muslims?"
For those accustomed to the mantra that Islam is a peaceful and virtuous religion, this "judgment of Islam" by Archbishop Lefebvre is an eye-opener. He describes—from first-hand experience—not only the immoralities of this false religion, but also the difficulties in making Catholic converts of Muslims.
But Archbishop Lefebvre also sang the praises of those who converted to the Holy Catholic Faith, and having embraced it completely, not only transformed their own lives for Christ, but also society around them for His Kingship. A key element to this transformation, came from the graces of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
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. Thus I lived day by day, year by year, in Africa and particularly at 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 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.
...These [were] 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 to 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 which they were, became cognizant of the necessity of fulfilling their duties, in spite of the trials, in spite of the sacrifices; of maintaining their commitments, and 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, and 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.” (1976 sermon of his 50th Priestly Jubilee Mass in Lille, France; excerpted from Apologia Pro Marcel Lefebvre)
It is with this missionary spirit of the Church and through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, that the Society of St. Pius X continues the apostolic work established by its founder, Archbishop Lefebvre, for the salvation of souls.