On the Closing of the Lefebvrist Mind

28 06 2008

Some thoughts about the current situation between the Society of St. Pius X and Rome

The night of the consecration of the church in La Reja, I met up again with a French priest who I had met when I lived in a priory in the United States. I saw him in the open field on the seminary grounds, and I decided to go over to introduce myself again.

“Hello, Fr. X, [I was saying this in English]. I don’t know if you remember me, but we met in [such and such priory]…”

“Oh, yes,” was his reply, but I saw he was more concerned with looking up at the stars at this point. “We are in the Southern Hemisphere. I think I see up there the Southern Cross. Excuse me.”

He wandered eagerly into the darkness of the night with the curiosity and glee of a child. I left him to his stargazing.

When I think of the Society of St. Pius X, the first things that come to mind concern neither theology nor the “crisis in the Church”. They are anecdotes like the one above, or anecdotes about having to carry Bishop Fellay’s rather heavy baggage down a precariously wet metal spiral staircase, or having to drag a boy back to the sacristy after Mass after he had very publicly picked his nose while serving at altar, and so on and so forth. Most people who like to comment on the SSPX are either Catholics who never had or never will have sympathy to their cause and thus treat them like three-headed monsters, or ex-supporters who have a rather personal and petty axe to grind with them. Having left their circle on amicable terms, and having been always fairly treated by them, I can say that I have neither tendency.
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Sabbath

28 06 2008

In the midst of these things, if you want to assign all the reasons which led Moses to command the Hebrews to be at leisure on the Sabbath, perhaps you will discover behind it a more sublime and secret allegory: the day of Saturn unfit for action in peace and war but fit for contemplation and for beseeching divine patronage on that same day against dangers. Abraham and Samuel and most of the Hebrew astrologers testified that they were able to acheive this aid against the menace of Mars and Saturn by elevating their minds to God and by vows and sacrifices, thus confirming that rule of the Chaldeans: “If you lift up your ardent mind to a work of piety, you will preserve your weak body”… It would be very worthwhile to explore that Hebrew notion, namely that in ritual slaughter of animals and in the scattering of our possesions as a sacrifice, the evils menacing us from the heavens are deflected from us to our possesions.

-Marsilio Ficino, De Vita Coelitus Comparanda