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Notre Dame Burns, Europe Is Invaded and the Archbishop Speaks

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The Destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral

Yesterday, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the symbol of the heart of Catholic France and a symbol of Christian Civilization, burned nearly to the ground. A sanctuary of God, that stood for nearly 850 years, more than 3 times older than the United States of America is now gone…

We are being led to believe that this historic church that survived countless wars, both World Wars, and even the French Revolution, has burnt down because of an accident related to renovations it was currently undergoing.

We are also supposed to believe that this church, which for centuries was illumined by candlelight amidst the robes and lace of the clergy, has finally succumbed to flames in this age of technology, fire resistant measures, and advanced firefighting capabilities… Ok.

While we await word from the French Government (who would would never lie to it’s citizens) as to the origins of this devastating fire, there are two points I believe all Westerners and Christians should meditate upon.

Firstly would be the rise in anti-Catholic animus, especially in France. Over the past few years, this year in particular, we have seen a “25 percent increase in attacks on Catholic churches in the first two months of the year, compared with the same time last year” according to the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CEBC). In an article embedded below by Newsweek, sharing the findings of the CEBC, Newsweek makes sure to tell us that ”officials don’t know why” this is happening.

The Newsweek article talks about Saint Sulpice church in Paris which was recently lit ablaze by arsonists according to The Sun.

What is interesting to note, is that while Newsweek magazine has no idea why there has been a rise in anti-Catholic vandalism and arson in Europe, they make the connection between the Dan Brown novel (later adapted to a feature film) the DaVinci Code. What Newsweek won’t tell you, however, is that this novel and especially the movie, is dripping with anti-Catholic animus, painting the church as “oppressive,” “patriarchal” and downright evil.

This novel, and Hollywood movie, are of course par for the course, along with a slew of anti-Catholic movies written by Cosmopolitan Hollywood Media Elites, with the specific purpose of defaming the Catholic Church, and ultimately working towards it’s destruction. They’ve been largely successful. Not to mention the liberal takeover of the Catholic Church by means of Infiltration, and subversion by Communists, Sodomites, and those allied with the Traditional Enemies of Jesus Christ.

Europe Invaded

A second reason for this anti-Catholic animus is, of course the importation of an ancient hatred towards Catholics, by Muslims, who for years kidnapped, enslaved, raped and murdered Christians, for professing their faith In Jesus Christ.

Westerners have seen a shift over the past 50-100 years, away from discreet, culturally rich and vibrant societies, cities and nations, towards the neo-Liberal ideology of Multiculturalism, religious pluralism, and the creation of heterogeneous cities, where once upon a time peoples, cultures, and most importantly Christianity could flourish and achieve it’s fullest expression in public life.

This multiculturalism, coupled along with a never-ending propaganda stream from Hollywood promoting birth control, abortion and sexual liberation has led to the decline in birthrates, prompting Globalist politicians to seek new peoples to prop up the decline in population. These Leftist elites have chosen to import predominantly Islamic people from countries terrorized by the Western Democracies for the past 50 years.

This agenda has been called “The Great Replacement” by activists in the Western World.

What could go wrong?

As recently as 2016, a woman co-ordinating with a group of Muslims to blow up a car filled with gas canisters with the intention of Detonating it near the Notre-Dame cathedral was arrested, and she was recently sentenced to only 8 years of prison.

And again, in 2017 a man armed with a hammer and knives attacked a police officer and several people at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, before being shot by the wounded police officer. In a story by Fox News, the French Government has placed Paris “under high security after a string of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.”

The Archbishop Has Spoken

For those of us who have been aware for some time of this great Civilization crisis affecting what were once Christian nations, one name towers above all the rest: Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre.

Archbishop LeFebvre was a bulwark against the Liberal and Modernist reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He stood up against the departure from the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church in both faith and morals, and especially with regards to Religious Liberty, Ecumenism and the Democratization of the Church (Collegiality). He preserved the Traditional Mass, something which every other Traditional Catholic Religious Order (FSSP, ICK, IBP) owes to him…

What is not well known outside of die-hard devotees of Archbishop LeFebvre, is the Archbishop was a co-member of the Holy Ghost Fathers, along with Father Denis Fahey, whose works on the Social Kingship of Christ the King is by far, the most comprehensive in the history of the Catholic Church. Because of this socially activist stance held by the Archbishop, he spoke out relatively early in this Multicultural social turmoil and warned us all against it:

For his loving warning against these social errors, the Archbishop was ruthlessly slandered by the media (Fake News isn’t new) as a Racist and an Anti-Semite for saying “the best  [thing] for the Moslems [to do] would be to go back home.” He added that, in France, the Moslems are going “to impose their laws little by little. Christian law cannot be in accord with Islamic law... Moslems cannot be Catholic, they cannot be truly French. We must not allow them to organize themselves politically or religiously. The construction of mosques is a catastrophe!” Turning towards the journalists, His Grace added: “It will be your wives, your daughters, your children, who will be kidnapped and taken away to hidden living quarters in Casablanca.”

For his trouble and his care for the church, his homeland, and the Christian Civilization that once was, of which we are heirs, the Archbishop was cast aside. Nevertheless his words are already echoing out of the recent past, to haunt us living through this present hell.

Included below are the Archbishop’s remarks about the Media, and the importation of this anti-Christian, anti-European ideology to the West. Let us look to Archbishop LeFebvre as a man devoted to Truth, the common good, and the preservation of Christian Civilization as we collectively begin the task of restoring Jesus Christ as the King and Center of not only our Hearts and Homes, but also our Nations.


Invoking the laws of July 29, 1981, and July 1, 1977, 1 am accused firstly of the crime of provocation to discrimination, to hatred or to racial violence with respect to a group of persons on account of their origin or their belonging to a particular ethnic group, nation, race or religion.

Secondly, of the crime of public defamation with respect to this group... I am supposed to have pronounced these provocative and defamatory words when I held a press conference at the Crillon Hotel on November 14, 1989. I affirm firstly that I did not hold a press conference. I had nothing written and I made no declaration. I only wanted to reply to the journalists’ questions on the occasion of the ceremony for the 60th anniversary of my Priestly Ordination at the Bourget.

You must admit that Moslem immigration had no special reason to be brought up on this occasion. The least one can say is that my reply was not pre‑meditated. I therefore replied very freely, giving my opinion of the danger of Islamic penetration into a country whose Catholic religion is violently rejected and despised by Islam. The Koran, which is the law of Islam, provokes to discrimination, to hatred and to violence. Do not attribute to me that which I denounce.

The proofs of this hatred and of this violence are legion both in the past and in the present.

For as long as Moslems are an insignificant minority in a Christian country they can live in a friendly way, because they follow the laws and customs of the country which accepts them. But as soon as they are numerous and organized they become aggressive and they seek to impose their laws, which are hostile to European civilization. Examples are abundant. Soon they will take charge of our city councils, and will transform our churches into mosques. We will either have to become Moslem, leave the country or become their captives. This is in the profound nature of Islam. It is not I who am racist in denouncing this very racism.

The pretended defamation is only the statement of obvious facts. Kidnapping of white girls is well known to the police and it still exists today. It is not defamation to denounce the kidnappers of our compatriots. It is to call upon justice and demand the protection of our fellow citizens. If you prevent us from crying out against the nefarious consequences of Islam’s penetration of France and Europe, you render yourselves accomplices to the violence committed in the name of the Koran by Islam in our Christian countries. It is they who have undertaken this procedure against us, a procedure which truly shows the fundamental racism of Islam against the French, against the Jews and against every religion which is not Moslem.

It is not I who am racist because I denounce racism. I lived all my life in the midst of other races ‑ thirty years in Africa, among animists and Moslems. There I strove to bring them both spiritual and material goods ‑ schools, hospitals, etc. They showed their gratitude in decorating me as Officer of the Equatorial Star of Gabon and Grand Officer of the National Order of Senegal, and the French government recognized my overseas services by making me Officer of the Legion of Honor.

To condemn me as a racist because I seek to protect my country which is menaced in its very existence and Christian traditions... this would be to use justice for injustice. This would be the justice at the service of executioners whose victims have at most the right to keep quiet and to perish. This would be the summit of injustice.

† Marcel Lefebvre


May 12, 1990

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/10/19

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Santiago de Compostela

We woke up to a cold but beautiful, sunny day in Santiago de Compostela. In the morning, we returned to the Cathedral for an official guided tour and for more time to pray before the relics of St. James the Apostle. Afterwards, we visited the Convent of San Martino Pinario and its beautiful Museum of Religious Art. We enjoyed a free afternoon and met up again for a farewell dinner at the hotel to celebrate the end of such an amazing pilgrimage!

- A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/9/19

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Rúa – Santiago de Compostela (12 miles)

The last day of our walk! And it was the most rainy day of all!

Our starting point was downtown Rúa. We courageously ascended through Armenal and then descended into Lavacolla. There are many theories in relation to the origin of the name Lavacolla. One of the theories claims the name comes from the fact that pilgrims in the Middle Ages used to wash in the stream that crosses Lavacolla to arrive clean in Santiago. The name Lava-colla could come from the words “lavar” (to wash) and “cuello” (neck), meaning “to wash the neck”. Another theory would refer to pre-pilgrimage times and would have more to do with the geography of the place: the name Lava (low pasture or field) and Colla (hill) would mean the low pasture by the hill. Whatever the origin of its name, Lavacolla still sees thousands of pilgrims walking by every year, getting closer to their Camino final point: Santiago de Compostela.

We ascended again until reaching the top of Monte de Gozo (Mount of Joy), a hill where pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago enjoy their first views of the three spires of their destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Only 2.5 miles more to Santiago!

Once we reached the city, we crossed the Barrio (neighborhood) de San Lázaro, the Puerta del Camino (Door of the Way), along the Plaza Cervantes, and through the beautiful compostelan streets until reaching the much-anticipated Cathedral of St. James.

We arrived! There is a lot of renovation inside the Cathedral, and therefore a lot of scaffolding around the main altar and the tomb of St. James, unfortunately. Nevertheless, our hearts were overjoyed to kneel before his relics and thank him and God for allowing us to make this pilgrimage and get there safely.

After our thanksgiving in the Cathedral, we went to our hotel for Mass and dinner. Deo gratias!!

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/8/19

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Here is today’s update, brought to you by Regina Pilgrimages!

This morning, before we left Arzúa, we visited several churches and prayed a decade of the rosary in each one. Among these churches was the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which housed beautiful statues of St. James the Apostle. Leaving Arzúa behind, we each set off at our own pace and then met again when stopping at a café to rest and have a refreshment.

We continued our pilgrimage along green hills, and bumping into a herd of cows along the path! until we arrived at the town of Pedrouzo. We walked past lovely hermitages, such as St. Irene’s, before finally reaching Rúa for Holy Mass and dinner at the hotel.

We all retired exhausted, but excited that tomorrow we arrive at our final destination: the relics of St. James in Santiago de Compostela!
-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/7/19

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Here is today’s update from our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain!

I can’t wait until you guys see the video we’re going to put together for this pilgrimage! Stay tuned!

Melide – Arzúa (9 miles)

Today was a beautiful day. The rain held off until about an hour before reaching Arzúa. The paths are so muddy that at times we have to walk single file to avoid getting stuck in the mud! Gorgeous landscapes and lush valleys greeted us along the way.

In his morning sermon, Fr. Graves said that many do not understand why pilgrims walk the Way of St. James. The world is horrified and scandalized by the Cross. The world does not understand its meaning, and it avoids suffering as much as possible. It does not see the cross as the means to heaven. So in order to carry our cross, we must look to Our Lord on His Cross.  Otherwise, the cross has no meaning; why suffer if there is nothing to be obtained? We must make reparation for our sins with our sacrifices, with our acts of penance, always thinking of Our Lord on the Cross.

Father also reminded us that we can obtain a plenary indulgence by walking the Way of St. James, and listed the conditions to gain a plenary indulgence, as long as one is in the state of grace:
– have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
– have sacramentally confessed one’s sins;
– receive Holy Communion;
– pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

We also learned a little bit about Melide before leaving it. Since its foundation in the 10th century, Melide has been linked with the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It is the only town where two Camino routes meet: the Camino Primitivo (Original Way) stops in Melide and the Camino Frances (French Way) passes through Melide. Due to the two routes meeting in this town, it is well equipped and accustomed to helping pilgrims. From Melide these two routes become one to Santiago de Compostela. The 11th-century “cruceiro” – stone cross at the start of The Way in Melide – is thought to be the oldest in Galicia.

Today’s walk was similar to yesterday’s in the sense that it was less walking and less steep slopes than the first two days. A very beautiful valley along the way was the one formed by the Iso river in Ribadiso, a tiny and idyllic hamlet featuring a medieval bridge.

The beautiful group photos taken today reflect the energetic and charitable spirit of our pilgrims. Everyone is having a wonderful pilgrimage and is looking forward to the final two days of our walk! Thank you for all your prayers; we keep you in ours.

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/6/19

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It’s time for another update with our friends from Regina Pilgrimages, who are currently making their way along the Camino de Santiago in Spain!

Palas de Rei – Melide (9 miles)

After enjoying a hearty Spanish breakfast, we went out to greet the day – and it was another cold and wet one! Today’s hike was not as long or arduous as the two previous days, but our sore legs and aching bones still had to bear the harsh Galician spring weather.

Our starting point was the Church of San Tirso in Palas de Rei. After a morning sermon and an opportunity to offer up the day’s walk for our intentions, we set off with joyful spirits – but no one more than our chaplain, Fr. Graves, whose spirits were not dampened by the pouring rain! The smile was still on his face and words of encouragement are always on his lips.

Our walk took us past the hamlet of O Coto, a simple village full of rustic charm, and whose name means “the top” or “the high place”. We also passed San Xulian do Camiño, Casanova, O Leboreiro, and Furelos, which boasts a beautiful medieval bridge, and finally we arrived at the day’s end point: the Church of St. Roch in Melide.

Today was very special because we visited the church where a miracle of the confessional took place. A sinner who always confessed the same grievous sins went to confession, and the exasperated priest told him that he would not grant him absolution. At that moment, a crucifix hanging in the church extended His hand, blessed the sinner and said to him, “Your sins are forgiven.” This very confessional is still there, as well as a replica of the miraculous crucifix that forgave the sinner! Such a beautiful story confirms God’s mercy and love for the truly repentant sinner.

We ended the day with Mass at the hotel and a very well-deserved dinner!

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/5/19

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Here’s a photo update from the second day of the pilgrim’s journey along the Camino de Santiago in Galacia, Spain! These photos were taken on Friday April 5th on the path between Portomarin and Palas de Rei, Spain.

Our ability to take these photos and share them with you is because of the generosity of Regina Pilgrimages, who is sponsoring our trip to Spain! They still have open pilgrimages coming up this year, so be sure to check out their website, and see if you can come along with us on our next trip!

Portomarín - Palas de Rei (15 miles)

We woke up today and couldn’t move! We were so sore from yesterday! And today we faced another difficult day full of steep climbs and uneven terrain. But Fr. Graves lifted our spirits to begin the day, even though it had greeted us with rain, with a sermon on St. James the Apostle. Father explained that St. Peter is the apostle of faith, because he told Our Lord that He was the Son of God. St. John is the apostle of charity because he would always speak of charity between men. And St. James is the apostle of hope, and that our hope on this Camino pilgrimage is not only to reach Santiago de Compostela, but also to reach heaven – this is our true hope.

Although cold and windy from start to finish, the day showed a variety of clouds, rain, and sunshine, offering us an opportunity to offer up our torment under the elements, and then rejoice and be thankful for the bright rays of the sun. We heard that it is snowing in other parts of Spain, so we are grateful we didn’t have to face that!

The first village passed was Castromaior, a hamlet named after the large pre-Roman fortified town “castro” that once stood across the river. We continued to the Sierra de Ligonde, the highest point of the day’s route, around 2,480 feet above sea level. After the grueling climb, pilgrims were rewarded with spectacular views over the valleys below. The descent was equally as arduous, and we passed through the villages of Eirexe (meaning “church” in Galician) which boasts a church with Roman and Romanesque remains, and Ligonde, where one finds an ancient “cementerio de peregrinos” (pilgrim cemetery). Finally, we arrived at Palas de Rei, “Palace of the King” named after an 8th-century Visigoth king who once ruled the lands. Here, at the Romanesque church, our Camino passport was stamped. An outdoor Mass was scheduled, but due to the wind and rain, Father offered Mass at our hotel.

We are all terribly tired, but our joy greatly surpasses our soreness, knowing we have walked this far and gained many graces for ourselves and for our intentions.

-A Pilgrim

Photo Gallery: Camino de Santiago - 4/4/19

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This year, Regina Pilgrimages has asked us to accompany them on the Camino de Santiago in Spain to take some photos and videos of their journey.

Regina Pilgrimages has quite a few upcoming pilgrimages to places like Chartres, France, as well as Central Europe including Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Germany, and there are still slots available! Be sure to check them out, and maybe we’ll see you on one of these upcoming pilgrimages!

Today’s batch of photos come from our journey from Sarria to Portomarin, Spain!

Sarria - Portomarín (13 Miles)

On a cold, rainy morning, we began our 70-mile walk to Santiago de Compostela. The day was dreary but our hearts were eager to begin the journey, carrying our intentions and those of our loved ones. We have a joyful, energetic group of 32 pilgrims led by Fr. Scott Graves, who has walked the Camino three times already. Father gave a short sermon before we began the walk. Our starting point was the Church of Santa Mariña located in downtownn Sarria. There, our tour escort Carlos explained the importance of the Santiago pilgrimage throughout the centuries; he will accompany us throughout the 6-day walk. And so we set on! We walked along forest paths and small villages. Some of the hikes were steep and challenged us all! We prayed and encouraged each other. The scenery was so beautiful, especially when the sun, which hid for most of the day, peeked through the clouds. Finally, at the end of the day, we crossed the Miño river and arrived in Portomarín. For centuries, the town of Portomarín has expressed a special devotion to “La Virgen de las Nieves” (Our Lady of the Snows) who protects her devotees from drowning. Fr. Graves celebrated Mass in the 12th-century Church of San Xoan de Portomarín. This church is a temple-fortress of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a Catholic military order founded in the 11th century.  It is of Late Romanesque style and was designed to be both a church and a castle. After Mass, we enjoyed a very well-deserved Spanish dinner before retiring to gear up for tomorrow!

-A Pilgrim

Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación 2019: Pilgrimage Report

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The feast of the Purification was very special in Quito, Ecuador this year. For the Fiesta of Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificación, the Archbishop of Quito, His Grace Fausto Gabriel Travez and the Franciscan Friars led the procession for the first time in living memory. Watch the video to find out more!

Photo Gallery: 9 Day Novena to Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purification

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When the feast of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso de la Purificación was established by Bishop Salvador de Ribera in 1611, he said:

“I command that a novena of preparation should be made…”

“Each day of the novena, you should arrange to have instructive sermons preached in the church to the people about the grandeur and virtue of Our Lady so that God and His Blessed Mother will be better known. Your Reverence should invite priests and friars from all the monasteries for this purpose.” - The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana vol. 2 p.77

The devotion to Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification was intended specifically for our time - the 20th century. In the interim between the 16th and 17th centuries when Our Lady appeared to Mariana de Jesus Torres, and today, this devotion was largely forgotten by a great number of people, and went unknown in most of the world, until the 20th century. As a result, this novena has laid dormant until the past decade when priests and faithful from all around the world rekindled this devotion.

Bishop Salvador de Ribera

Bishop Salvador de Ribera

The original novena, as prescribed by Bishop de Ribera, called for the religious communities to preach on the spiritual life and the importance of religious vocations. The revival of this novena has taken a new form: each day at 5:00 am, priests and pilgrims process with a smaller statue of Our Lady of Buen Suceso and Mariana de Jesus Torres, to various religious houses, convents, monasteries and churches. This year, pilgrims brought the statue and the message of Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purification to the Augustinian Missionaries, the Carmelites, Sisters of Providence, the Jesuits, the Mercedarians, the Augustinian Sisters, the Dominican Sisters, the Sisters of Charity, the Clarisas, the Oblate Fathers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and the Franciscans.