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The noble serenity of a Catholic youth

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The following is the beautiful story of one of the lesser known martyrs of the Christeros. He was the beautiful example of a courageous and uncompromising Catholic youth, with great fervor, devotion and love for Christ and the Church.  May he be an example to today’s youth of Catholic tradition. Ora pro nobis, Luis Segura Vilchis!

~Damsel of the Faith

A hero model Catholic youth

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

“Long live Christ the King!” Such was the cry that opened the gates of Heaven and eternal glory to many blessed during the Catholic resistance in the Mexico of the 30s.

The Cristero martyrs shouted it as they were executed by the communist regime they had fought: a tyrannical regime that shut down their churches, persecuted religion and spread disgrace over Mexico, the nation so loved by Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Luis Segura Vilchis also shouted it as he was shot to death by firing squad, with neither trial nor forewarning. The accusation against him: Having plotted against the life of the dictator Obregon.

In the photographs, we see the young engineer walking toward his place of execution. He is as serene as if he were walking up the aisle of a church for Holy Communion. Such is his serenity that we can easily picture him in former times about to receive the God for whom he is now to die.

Impressively pure, masculine and noble of countenance, well dressed, and visibly possessing good breeding, this hero can rightly be considered model Catholic youth; a youth that is serious, generous, and filled with faith and courage. How easily he could have used his many qualities in an egoistic way, building for himself a comfortable lifestyle with a smooth career! All he had to do was collaborate with the illegitimate regime or at least not oppose it. But the conscience of this devotee of the Holy Church could not accept such a thing. Segura Vilchis joined the Cristero movement, and thanks to his vigorous personality, fervor and intelligence he soon became one of its inspirers.

Witnesses attest that it was only as he was being removed from his prison cell that Segura Vilchis was informed of his imminent execution. He promptly responded that his killers would be sending him to Heaven. Even the captain and soldiers of the firing squad became moved on seeing him.

Led to the execution site by an officer, Vilchis had to walk by the still-warm corpse of Father Pro. In the pictures Vilchis is looking down to his right. There is the body of the famous priest.


Yet we do not note even the slightest contraction of Vilchis’ features. He shows no fear, no horror… nothing! His expression remains unchanged as he contemplates the stark reality so crudely presented before his eyes. He is its next victim, nevertheless the chroniclers of the time attest that they noticed no reaction. His self-control is total. It can only result from an extraordinary grace to face martyrdom and from a special strength of soul. His soul is strong because it prepared itself for this suffering long ago. Through hard reflection and meditation, it contemplated the worst that could come to pass.

Luis Segura Vilchis before the firing squad next to the body of Fr. Miguel Pro.

Contemporary man hates to prepare for the worst. He loves to dream of the best, to fantasize about an idyllic situation for himself where everything good happens and nothing evil interferes. He does this to avoid recognizing the importance of suffering for his sanctification.And what is the consequence? When the worst does occur, the person’s morale collapses. Young Vilchi’s did not. He was prepared for the cruelest reality, as these photographs prove. The sanctity of his martyrdom is enhanced by his heroic preparation.

“Gentlemen, I am ready!” said he as he faced his executioners and looked heavenward. Seconds later—and with what assurance!—he was entering another Heaven, of which ours is but a symbol. What glory is his as he is carried by the angels to the very throne of God for his encounter, his real encounter, with Christ the King, for whom he has just given his earthly life, and with Mary, who smiles sweetly upon this heroic son who during his entire life was such a faithful devotee!

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 543



Archbishop Lefebvre on the Assisi meeting

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“This is a scandal, a public blasphemy: think of the Catholic missionaries in Africa who saw on television the representatives of the animist religions praying in Assisi at the Pope’s invitation…. In what spirit will they be able to continue their arduous work of evangelization among the populations who follow those pagan rituals? If salvation is possible even without conversion to Christ in the Church, and while continuing to adore one’s own false gods, what sense does mission work make? All religions, after all, are equal and good….

If this pope had lived at the time of the Roman persecutions in the early centuries, maybe Christianity would have found a respectable place in the Pantheon of religions.”

~Archbishop Lefebvre, 1987

By participating, advocating and abetting the worship of false religions, the Pope makes a mockery of the sacrifice of the Early Christians, those heroic men, women and children who were subjected to the most cruel and gruesome martyrdom rather than offer one pinch of incense to a false god or, God forbid, deny Jesus Christ.  Those Christians of our day teaching false ecumenism, especially the clerics of the Church who’s solemn duty is to teach the Catholic Faith, deny the superiority of the Catholic Church and ultimately, the Divinity of Christ, for no one can go to the Father except through Him.  By their actions, they prove what they believe and it is not the Catholic Faith.

Our Lady of Fatima is the answer to world peace! Not coexistence and unity with false religions!  Where is the rosary? The Consecration of Russia?  Our Lady is patient and as a loving mother, she continues to wait on us to obey her requests.  How much longer will we ignore her and wound her Immaculate Heart?

Let us pray for the Pope and make reparation for the scandals that he has inflicted upon the Church.

~Damsel of the Faith


On a different note, today is the Feast of my Patroness and Confirmation Saint, St. Therese of Lisieux.  Ora pro nobis, Little Flower!  Happy Feast, everyone!

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The spirit of Assisi

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Continuing with our last post on Assisi V, we wish to point out to our readers these excerpts from the newest issue of DICI. 

DICI notes how this great scandal approved by this Pope is in continuation with the spirit of his last two predecessors and how only a great religious indifferentism can be the fruits of such an event.  


In the footsteps of John Paul II

Thirty years after the first interreligious meeting on October 27, 1986, Pope Francis continues the line of his two predecessors, Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
In 1986, Pope John Paul II called for the first interreligious meeting on the occasion of the International Year of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations (U.N.). The thirty years that have passed since then, riddled with incessant conflicts on all the continents, in which the debris of civil war, the victims of terrorism and the number of Christians persecuted have unceasingly increased, testify to the failure of these demonstrations and of such prayers.

The address by Pope Francis for peace reveals a lot about the irenicism that now inspires those in authority in the Church. It is true that human beings seek peace rather than war, and it is quite true that peace is a gift from God. But it is true also that sometimes war becomes necessary, whether to guarantee peace, or for legitimate defense. So it was with the First Crusade, called for by Pope Urban II to protect the Holy Places and to defend the Christians who were being mistreated, killed, plundered or enslaved by the Turks. A thousand years later, the situation of Christians in the Near and Middle East, in Nigeria or Sudan, in Orissa or Pakistan, is fundamentally not that different…. To take “No to war!” as a reason to be an absolute pacifist is to ignore the fact that there are just wars.

Still, although peace is a gift from God, although Christ indeed pronounced the blessedness of peacemakers as one of the most beautiful fruits of the gift of Wisdom, He took care to explain that He Himself was the true peace: “Peace I leave with you: my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth do I give unto you…” (Jn 14:27).
The praiseworthy intention of proclaiming “the indissoluble link between the great good of peace and an authentic religious commitment” is doomed to failure, because it does without faith. What can “an authentic religious commitment” mean without Jesus Christ? “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved,” Saint Peter teaches (Acts 4:12). “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” Saint Paul adds (Heb 11:6). How could God, the giver of all good, answer the prayers of an assembly in which His Son, the one Lord who is “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (cf. Jn 14:6) is only one option among other paths? The religion of Christ is next-door neighbor to the idols and the false religions, the truth that saves and obtains eternal life is side-by-side with the errors that lead souls to ruin.

It is through Jesus Christ, the only Son of the Father, begotten from all eternity and made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary that the gift of peace is offered to us: Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis, the angels sing on Christmas night (Lk 2:14). It is delusional to think of obtaining from God the gift of peace without going through His only Son, full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14), the one mediator given by God to men (1 Tim 2:5; Heb9:15 and 12:24).

Someone will object no doubt that the world situation provides a valid reason to exhort the faithful in every religion not to resort to terrorism, hatred and blind violence. This concerns in particular the followers of Mohammed or the Hindu extremists. Moreover a certain human harmony is necessary in order to promote conversion and to facilitate the work of missionaries. Nevertheless one cannot attribute “any authority to a false religion that is entirely foreign to the one Church of Christ” (Pius XI) nor transform the city of Saint Francis into a sort of Pantheon of religions. This is where the scandal lies against which the popes before Vatican II had warned.

At the origins of the spirit of Assisi

An initial Parliament of Religions was held in 1893 in Chicago in the United States. Liberal Catholics already intended to fight against violence and to build a world of peace. Abp. Redwood of New Zealand declared: “In order to destroy the barriers of hatred that exist in the world, we must respect the elements of truth and morality contained in all religions.” Abp. Keane explained that if one could not agree on beliefs, it was necessary to “agree on charity” and to acknowledge “what is true in all religions”. Did he think that that would be enough to make them true, pleasing to God and capable of procuring salvation? Pope Leo XIII condemned that meeting of all religions, insisting that charity should not be favored to the detriment of the faith and its integrity (cf.Letter to Cardinal Satolli dated September 15, 1895, then the Letter Testem benevolentiae to Cardinal Gibbons dated January 22, 1899).

After the Great War, Pope Pius XI warned the Catholic world against certain initiatives that had been taken for ostensibly good causes. Indeed, the desire for peace and brotherhood among nations, as legitimate as that may be, cannot be fulfilled to the detriment of the order established by God. Isn’t peace, according to St. Augustine’s definition, “the tranquility of order”?

In his Encyclical Mortalium animos (January 6, 1928), Pius XI denounced efforts made by some to lead different peoples, despite their religious disagreements, to unite in “professing certain doctrines admitted as a common foundation of the spiritual life”. The Pope judges that these congresses, meetings, conferences, which invite “all people indiscriminately, unbelievers of ever sort, the faithful, and even those who have the misfortune of having separated themselves from Christ or who bitterly and obstinately deny the divinity of His nature and His mission,” cannot be approved by Catholics because they “are based on the erroneous theory that all religions are more or less good and praiseworthy, in the sense that all of them equally reveal and express—although in different ways—the natural, innate sentiment that directs us toward God and prompts us to bow respectfully to His might. Besides the fact that they stray into outright error, the proponents of this opinion reject the true religion at the same time; they falsify the notion of it and drift little by little into naturalism and atheism. It is therefore perfectly clear that to join the partisans and propagators of such doctrines is to abandon divinely revealed religion entirely.”

Among these doctrines is the error of the “pan-Christians” who consider Christ’s prayer, “That they may be one” (Jn 17:21) to be a dead letter. Pope Pius XI restores the truth about a Church that is one by its nature and foundation, built on Peter, and the unique depositary of Divine Revelation. Unfortunately Pope Francis, at the end of his meditation during the ecumenical prayer, seems to think that this unity is still on the way.

This utopia pursued as an apparent good leads to an equivocation and ultimately to impiousness. One cannot pray to God to obtain from Him the gift of peace—or of unity—while promoting or welcoming all religions and sects indiscriminately, while they turn souls astray from the authentic religion and from the one true God, whom they displease, all things considered. The teaching of the popes is constant. Pius XI summarizes it as follows: “There is no true religion besides the one that is based on divine revelation: this revelation, which was started at the beginning of the world and continued under the Old Law, has been completed by Christ Himself in the New Law.” And He instituted His Church as a perfect society; “its purpose is to procure in the future the salvation of the human race.” This is the purpose and the mission of the Church, to which is connected the apostolic responsibility to feed Christ’s flock.

Where does the Assisi Meeting lead?

Pope Francis may rightly condemn “the paganism of indifference”, in the sense intended by the formula, and defend himself against any charges of syncretism or relativism, but in fact true peace, the peace that Christ came to bring to the world, is lumped together with the benefits that all world religions can obtain equally. Isn’t it an outrage, as well as a blasphemy, for the Son of God to be mixed up with the idols that have as their father Satan, the prince of lies (cf. Ps 95:5)? Where does this spectacle of these representatives of all religions, even pagan ones, lead, if not to the union of contraries and the bewilderment of minds? So many creeds combined can only lead to skepticism or relativism.

Saint Pius X, the last pope canonized by the Church before Vatican II, denounced this lethal respect for the most heterodox errors, which can only result in a “generous idealism”, “a purely verbal, illusory construct”, “tumultuous, fruitless unrest”. “The end result of this developing promiscuousness,” he continued, “the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action can only be a Democracy that will be neither Catholic nor Protestant nor Jewish. It will be a religion… more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men who have become brothers and comrades at last in ‘the kingdom of God’” (Letter Notre Charge apostolique, August 25, 1910). A self-proclaimed kingdom of God which, in reality, ends in this “great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind nor curb for the passions….”

Sources: vatican/radiovatican/zenit/courrierderome – DICI no. 341, September 30, 2016)

~Steven C. “Knight of Tradition”

Assisi V


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On September 20, 2016, Pope Francis will be present at the 5th “ecumenical” religious meeting at Assisi, wherein leaders of false religions will pray alongside the Sovereign Pontiff in an unholy alliance, praying for peace but bringing destruction, error and heresy to the Church.  Surely “peace” and “dialogue” will be discussed at this get-together and many prayers (both to the True God and to devils!) will subsequently be offered, but true peace will never be won with the false solutions proposed.  True peace can only be established in this world with the acceptance of Christ and His Church.  Any attempts of ignoring this fact to seek a greater “unity” with others will only promote a false semblance of peace and weaken the influence of Truth. This ecumenical meeting is a laugh in the face to Our Lady who gave us to the solution to our problems and the way to attain peace, the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, which will attain world peace and the conversion of the world to the Catholic Church. The refusal to heed and obey this request is the most blatant example of disobedience in the history of the Church.

Indeed, as this crisis in the Church lengthens, what “peace” can be seen?  It would seem that the longer the ‘conciliar’ church promotes this false ecumenical nonsense, the dire situation in the world grows worse.  It is unfortunate that even some “conservative” Catholics have been led to think that this “dialogue” would result in anything positive. It results in a disregard for Christ and the Church, which in turn is the result of religious indifferentism. These ecumenical meetings teach the heresy of religious indifferentism by placing false religions on the same footing as the True Religion, the Church of Jesus Christ, only possessor of the truth.

Even Pope Benedict, as “traditional”as he may have sounded on occasion, even approved at Assisi IV of a spokesman of behalf of those with no religion.

Certainly this ‘conciliar’ church does not accept the true Catholic teaching found in Pope Pius XI’s Mortalium animos:

“Since they hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which form as it were a common basis of the spiritual life. For which reason conventions, meetings and addresses are frequently arranged by these persons, at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians, even those who have unhappily fallen away from Christ or who with obstinacy and pertinacity deny His divine nature and mission.

“Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little turn aside to naturalism and atheism.”

“So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it.”

What should good Catholics then do in the face of such an event?  Fr. Alain Lorans, SSPX, proposes a proper and praiseworthy solution in the editorial of the traditional Catholic news website, DICI:

Let us pray alongside the Christian martyrs of today

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 A new interreligious meeting is to take place in Assisi on September 20, 2016, with Pope Francis presiding. Armed with the constant teachings of the Popes up until the Second Vatican Council, the Society of St. Pius X will not pray with the 400 representatives of worldwide religions who will invoke the beliefs of Mahomet, Buddha, Confucius and Kali alongside the profession of the Catholic Faith: I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. The Society will pray with and for those who are currently undergoing persecution for their fidelity to the Catholic Credo, those Christians martyred in Egypt, in Syria, in Iraq, in Nigeria, in Pakistan, in Thailand, in Indonesia, in the Philippines…

The General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X made a point of recalling in its concluding statement of July 14, 2012: “We unite ourselves with the other Christians undergoing persecution in countries throughout the world who are suffering for the Catholic Faith, frequently to the death. Their blood, shed in union with that of the Victim on our altars, is the sign of the renewal of the Church in capite et membris, in accordance with the old saying, ‘sanguis martyrum semen christianorum’.” (See DICI no. 259, 10/08/12)

To ask God for peace, without any ecumenical equivocation or interreligious ambiguity, the Society of St. Pius X adopts the words of the Collect of the Feast of Christ the King, instituted by Pius XI: “Almighty and everlasting God, who in Thy beloved Son, the King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things, mercifully grant that all the kindreds of the nations that are divided by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of His rule

Fr. Alain Lorans

More excellent commentary from DICI can be found here:

May we all thus reject strongly this great novelty and pray instead with those who are fighting for the true Faith, even to the point of martyrdom! Anathema to Assisi V. May St. Francis intercede for our Pope, to remove the scales of Modernism from his eyes so that the Faith can be restored and souls convert to the only means of salvation, the Catholic Church.

-Damsel of the Faith & Knight of Tradition