The Chalice My Father Hath Given Me

Jesus therefore said to Peter: Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The chalice which my Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it? (John, 18, 11)

"The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"
“The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

All you who pass by, look and see, was there ever a sorrow like unto mine?

In his pernicious magisterial Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has cast aside two thousand years of Church teaching, and essentially countermanded even the words of Jesus Christ Himself regarding marriage. Pope Francis infers that God’s commands are too burdensome for those in the real world, and therefore, sinners are well-advised to remain in their sins, and must be made welcome to be nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ.

Now, according to an article in the National Catholic Reporter, arch-apostate Hans Küng, responds to this unique opportunity offered by our Pontiff’s false mercy, “I could not have foreseen quite how much new freedom Francis would open up in his post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.“   Küng publicly confirmed that the pope had responded to his request for a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility. Küng confirmed that the pope “set no restrictions” on discussing the “problem of infallibility”.

Into this maelstrom of wreckage, Rorate Caeli now reports that Father Franz Schmidberger on February 19, wrote to other members, “.. in the latest proposals there was no more talk about recognizing Vatican II or the legitimacy of the Novus Ordo Missae. So it seems that the moment has come to normalize the situation of the Society, …” For Father’s reasons, refer to the letter here. His conclusion is noteworthy:

“If God wants to come to the aid of His Church, which is bleeding from a thousand wounds, He has a thousand opportunities to do so. Among them is the official recognition of the Society by the Roman authorities. Is the Society not consecrated to the Most Blessed Virgin, who will protect and guide her work in a new situation? Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata—da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos. Make me worthy to praise you, Blessed Virgin; give me strength against your enemies.”

In this poignant passage, Father asks the question, “Is the Society not consecrated to the Most Blessed Virgin, who will protect and guide her work in a new situation?” Now is the time to answer yes! For years, we have benefited from the beautiful liturgy, the fullness of the Church’s teachings and practice brought to us by our Society priests. Now it is time to trust Bishop Fellay in this move which will allow the possibility of saving many souls now starving in the conciliar church.

It is regrettable that Rorate, one of the most widely read Catholic blogs, has already posted Father Schmidberger’s letter, which which was not intended for public dissemination, but by the same token, it was perhaps inevitable. The internet is an unscrupulous medium and those who insist on ethical behavior are noteworthy primarily for their 404 pages. By posting the above link and excerpt, I am not divulging a confidence, since Rorate has already done that; I am attempting to put this situation in perspective.

The Pope of  “¡Hagan lío!” is devastating the Vineyard of Jesus Christ, and into this carnage steps the Society. It can seem as though the Society is attempting to board the Titanic just at the moment in which the lifeboats are being launched. Under these circumstances, it is natural for us, who have become used to relying on our own discernment in this dark confusion, to wonder at this seemingly suicidal move.

Very many of the laity who support the Society of St. Pius X and attend their Chapels, arrived there by way of their private discernment, guided by much prayer and penance, or at least one would hope so. That same discernment is causing alarm in this newest rapprochement. But this need not be.

It may appear that the Society is following Our Lord Jesus Christ right into the betrayal, into the culmination of the Passion of the Church. Yet, there is no other way. The servant is not greater than his Master, and all must follow Christ, even to Golgotha. I have no illusions about Pope Francis. By his actions and words, he demonstrates his distaste for faithful Catholics. There is no reason to suppose he will treat the SSPX any differently than he has treated other faithful. However, as Father Schmidberger points out, the Society is Consecrated to the Blessed Virgin, who will guide it through the maelstrom, safely to port.

The first pope, Peter, initially attempted to defend Christ in his own way, by bravado. He struck Malchus with his sword, cutting off his ear. Then, John tells us, “Jesus therefore said to Peter: “Put up thy sword into the scabbard. The chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” Peter then fled and when pressed about Jesus, denied Him. A short while later, Pilate asked Jesus, “What hast thou done?” In reply,

“Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. [37] Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.”

Bishop Fellay, following Christ as he does, will in his actions continue to  give testimony to the truth. Jesus remained truthful and  obediently suffered and died a brutal, humiliating death, in order to rise again, victorious over sin and death. Those who now have control over the institutional Church are attempting to destroy the church from within. We already know that they will not succeed. How shall this be accomplished? The same as it ever has been and ever will be. For the servant is not greater than the Master.

Sister Lucia is said to have responded, when asked about the Third Secret, that it referred to the Apocalypse, Chapter 12.  She was warning of the time of persecution which must come to purify the Church. There will be blood. There is no other way. The cowardice and disobedience of our popes and prelates has a price.

“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.” (Apoc. 12, 10-11)

Father Kramer in “The Book of Destiny“, tells us that this passage refers to the victory in which satan and his minions will be cast from the church. After this, there follows a brief interlude of peace while the restored Church flourishes, but this will be followed by the final attack of the Anti-Christ and the Triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

There has never been a more urgent need for our prayers, penance and sacrifice. It is not the time to fritter away in vainly critiquing Bishop Fellay, or coining fresh new witticisms online, or seeking after false assurances from mealy-mouthed “conservatives”. It is up to each of us to get spiritually armed and commit ourselves to be loyal children of the Immaculate Mother of God. She came to warn us of this. Now the ultimate trial is upon us. We are Catholics, for this we were born!

As St. Teresa of Avila assured us, “God and I are a majority!”

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, sweet Mother of our Savior, give us strength against thine enemy!

†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done!

  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!


~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus ~

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thy enemies!