And especially nilmetsmom, in re: “Well, my priest said, etc…”
You’re right on target, nilmetsmom, and that attitude can, and often does, include – all too often - the Society of St. Pius X here in America, at least.
Don’t believe that perversity can only occur with the NO?
Humm … well … when was the last time any of us with any experience with the SSPX have heard something like this from one of the Society’s pulpits:
"Yes, my dear faithful, speaking for all the Society’s bishops as well as for myself as your pastor, I do most earnestly exhort you to take to heart the wisdom of our beloved founder-in-the-spirit, Pope St. Pius X himself, and read and study his favorite bedside book, as he himself called it.
"The Soul of the Apostolate, it’s called, by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, o.c.s.o.
"In particular, my dear faithful, why not start with pages 214 to 220?
“That will help you get a better picture of how our beloved Founder-In-The-Spirit more than likely regarded us, his beloved sons, (a brief pause) and all you, too, of course!”
Now, listen friends, before anyone who is still so naive (and so sincere) as to believe that the Tridentine Latin Mass is somehow “white magic” and the priests saying it are already well on their way to some sort of blissful state of “pre-sanctification” and who is still so reckless as to read this material, beware!
Because I think it’s only fair to warn you: these passages from this book are literally shocking, in a sense beyond even Malachi Martin’s Windswept House.
According to a controversial footnote on page 215
“God is more pleased with the barking of dogs, than with the prayer of such clerics.”
Ah, ha! **Which (or what clerics)? **
I respectfully submit, that by reading all these pages, each person can determine for herself (or himself) just how and when this opinion applies.
As for me, well, even as I write this, I have page 21 of the little blue book in front of me called: Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, where under the heading of **GOOD **READINGS, we find such entries as:
“All the books of Archbishop Lefebvre, etc.”
Why not Pope St. Pius X’s “favorite bedside book?”
As a simple matter of fact, yes!
In the Fall of 1984 we were entertaining a Society priest of French parentage, who not only knew of this book book, but recommended it with much enthusiasm.
Dom de Chautard he likewise knew by his French nick-name, something like** L’Abbe de Sept Fonts**, humm … or maybe it was** L’Abbe de Sept Ponts**, omigosh! “So long ago…”:rolleyes:
Enjoy this book!