Humility & Authority
March 1, 1998
by Fr. Lucian Pulvermacher, OFM Cap.
I Raise My Voice in Defense of the Unborn
You may ask me for a way to make a step in defense
of the unborn that amounts to more than words. I have a method that
all of us can work with. It is from Dr. John Coleman, January 1998
issue of World in Review on page 25. He writes:
?Abortion is the most important issue in the
history of the United States. Those who would stand aside from it
are committing a grave error and delivering a cowardly blow against the
Republic of the United States of America and its institutions by which
we will stand or fall. What is the solution? We, the People
must petition the Congress to overturn the unconstitutional Supreme Court
ruling known as Roe vs. Wade. We have the right to take such action,
and the Congress has the right to overturn Roe vs. Wade and its attendant
rulings under Article III, Section 2, Part 2, and it would only take a
simple majority, not a two thirds vote to accomplish it.?
If you wish to write to Dr. Coleman do not put his name on the envelope
but just address your letter to W.I.R., 2533 North Carson Street,
Suite J-118, Carson City, NV 89706. All those who would like to read
his very fine intelligence review, WORLD IN REVIEW can subscribe to it
at the above address, for 12 months (a monthly), for $65.00. I read
it, so I have the above information for all of you. We just cannot
stop our calling for justice for the unborn. I am not for life nor
am I for choice. I am for the fifth Commandment of God, ?Thou
shall not kill (the innocent).? My vote is God?s command, call
it for life if you wish.
For those who can stomach a little more filth I shall add the following.
In Flashpoint, a newsletter ministry of Texe Marrs, 1708 Patterson
Road, Austin, TX 78733, for February 1998 (Vol. 98-2) we read:
Abortion as a Satanic Ritual and Witchcraft
?An exclusive Texe Marrs Report. Top witches
are coming out of the closet and proudly declaring, ?Yes! Abortion is a
sacrament. It is a ritual sacrifice of a live baby to the Great Goddess.?
Meanwhile, a leading abortionist admits: ?Eighty percent of my abortions
are elective.? Texe explains how New Age theologians teach that the
spirit of the unborn baby wants to be tortured and sacrificed so that his
or her ?life karma? can be balanced. He also explores evidence of
a cannibalistic and Masonic connection with abortion rituals.?
That leaves me almost breathless to think that a witch would get herself
pregnant for the purpose of producing a victim for sacrifice. The
Aztec Indians of Mexico had human sacrifice day in and day out until the
natives became Catholics after the apparition of our Lady of Guadelupe.
Once again may Our Lady of Guadelupe come to our aid in stopping the baby
sacrifices of our times. Dear Brethren, the least we can do is to
pray for the cessation of abortions the world-over. We can and should
also use the legal means that is proposed for our use by Dr. John Coleman.
Get this word out. Can we say that we love God if we neglect to help
our brothers or sisters in need, for their very life, when we are able
to do something about it? Even if you see that the situation appears
to be hopeless, remember this: we will be rewarded or punished for what
we do or what we do not do before our Eternal Judge, independent of the
outcome of our efforts.
Without a fundamental knowledge of the virtue of humility it is impossible
for us to practice true obedience. I shall quote heavily from Father
Edward Leen?s book, In the Likeness Of Christ, imprimatured on the
21st of March, 1936. On page 177 we read,
Humility & Authority
?What is humility? It is a virtue that
is derived from a profound reverence towards God. It lies in a recognition
of our true position with respect to our Creator and fellow-creatures and
in a disposition to shape our conduct in accordance with that position.
.... It is primarily a disposition of our will to restrain that tendency
which we all have to claim an esteem and consideration which is beyond
our due and to assert an independence of judgment and of will that does
not belong to us as creatures.?
On page 192, Father Leen, speaking of the gifts that are in us, says the
?We are not obliged to subject the divine in
ourselves to the divine in others, though we may always subject what is
of ourselves in us to what is divine in them - and thus fulfill the apostle?s
injunction, ?but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves.?
?Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are
other men?s? (Philipp. ii,, 2-8) ...This will enable us to practice
easily the three grades of humility:
But does not this seem to destroy our dignity? By
no means. For humility demands our subjection to God directly and
subjection to man only on account of God. Loss of dignity would
be involved in submitting ourselves to man as such, by reason of his qualities,
personality, or our own weakness. This would be servility.
Nothing is so opposed to servility as humility, and nothing is so protective
of dignity. For by it we are prevented from aspiring after what is
beyond us, and so making ourselves ridiculous, as well as saved from subjecting
ourselves to that to which we should not be subject, and so degrading ourselves.
Humility is based on reverence towards God, and it is through that sense
of reverence that we submit ourselves to what is divine whether in persons
or in the order of things prevailing. Our attitude of respect
and submission is dictated by our sense of the presence of God in men and
things - a presence either actual or possible. In this way we may
maintain our independence of men and owe subjection only to God; in this
consists perfect freedom and true dignity. ...And the superior who
looks upon his authority in the same way can be firm in demanding unquestioning
and absolute submission to it as such, without in the least degree being
wanting in humility.?
In spiritual books we read about blind obedience. In what does that
consist? It means that when one receives a just command (one that
is from a true superior, and the command is in conformity with God?s order)
he does not consider the good, bad or indifferent qualities of the superior
but only the command itself. He accepts God?s order (Divine Providence)
of our times, as for example: he does not chafe over the hardship of living
in a time when God is punishing us with the Church without a functioning
juridical order, that is, no Pope, no local bishops and no parish priests.
To subject oneself to one higher and not prefer
oneself to one?s equal in position.
To subject oneself to one in the same
position and not prefer oneself to an inferior.
To subject oneself to one?s inferior.
I shall not move on until I spend a little time on servitude, as given
above. ?Loss of dignity would be involved in
submitting ourselves to man as such, by reason of his qualities, personality,
or our own weakness. This would be servility.? (Quoting
from Fr. Edward Leen).
We may see wonderful qualities in the superior, and we may admire his
elegant personality. However, that is not the reason you obey him.
It is because his commands are really from God, and when one obeys God
he is not obeying man. Hence, when the superior gives a command that
is evil you know that it is not of God, and you will not obey it. When
the rulers told St. Peter to stop preaching Christ, St. Peter responded
in no uncertain terms; ?It is better to obey God rather than man.?
We now use the example of St. Peter to explain ?blind obedience.?
St. Peter had blind obedience in that he did not consider the person who
commanded, but he considered the command itself. Blind
obedience is not blind to the command itself, but just to the one who gives
the just command.
When I left the ?superiors? in the Novus Ordo I gave no consideration
to their good or bad qualities. I considered their command (only),
that is, to remain in a false religion, the Novus Ordo. Had I obeyed
their unjust command (once I saw it was unjust) I would have violated God?s
command to live and die in the Catholic Church. That would have been
disobedience to God. The men who appeared to be my Catholic superiors
were not my superiors at all. They ?commanded? in a false religion.
Furthermore, they gave me the false command to remain with them in the
Satanic Novus Ordo religion. Had I remained subject to the superiors
and obeyed their commands, to the unsuspecting world, it would have appeared
that I was a truly obedient subject. As it is, to my friends and
relatives, I am a renegade priest, doomed to hell. Before men
(the general public) I am a disobedient priest, but to those who know the
Catholic Church, I am in obedience to Christ and His one and only Church.
As we move closer to the papal election I think of the days when more priests
will be visiting your areas. Hence, it will be necessary to
have all or nearly all the necessities for Mass in each location.
We can work together on getting those things in each Mass center, likely
just in homes for the beginning.
Mass Setup for Each Area
Over the years I have moved into your areas with a Mass kit, with all
that is needed except a platform for an altar. I have moved from
coast to coast, England, Ireland, France, and Australia. I had not
only the equipment but also the altar wine and the hosts.
Our first concern is getting all the equipment: chalice, ciborium, missal,
altar linens, vestments, altar cards, bell and the like. Before one
family starts putting things together they should ask all the members of
their area if they have some of these objects which they may want to give
to the cause, on a permanent or temporary agreement.
The altar wine and hosts must also be provided. There is an easy
way out of that, but, standing with the universal practice of the Church,
I oppose it with all my might. It is revolting to get hosts and wine
off the open market even if it is labeled, ?for sacramental use,? unless
the providers are our brethren. Either you are with me or against
me. Those, not our brethren, are our enemies (at least in the faith).
By carelessness or malice they may give us those elements that are at best
illicit or at worst invalid materials for Mass. Even when the brethren
make these elements we must ever be on guard lest they do it wrong.
I learned some years ago that a Sister made hosts for a large area (long
before Vatican II), and she told me that she added cake flour to the regular
flour, thus making the hosts illicit. I checked all the wine in a
store, and every one of the bottles had on them, preservatives added.
For 20 some years now, I have used our own homemade wine, and not one drop
of preservative ever went into any of it. If that can be kept out
of it that is the way to go. Each place should make your own wine
-- unless you depend on other areas for shipments. If persecution
hits you will still have to learn the trade of making
hosts and wine as I explained in a previous newsletter.
For making hosts you should have two stove heated flat irons, and two
electrical (non-steam) flat irons. That is the basic equipment for
making hosts. We may get some foundry to make bakers with long handles
- as used before electrical equipment came along. Get a hand powered
grain grinder for the flour - as I have one in my home. Also I have
wheat on hand. All this is just common sense preparedness.
In the Divine Office, for Compline (the evening prayer for each day), the
priest prays the admonition of St. Peter (I Peter, 5, 8-9) as follows:
?Be sober and watch: because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls
your brethren who are in the world.?
Especially during Lent we are to give up the unnecessary parties of merriment
and perform the works of penance: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.