“May the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things: that your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is faithful who hath called you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
Due to the size of the District of Asia and the insufficient number of priests, several chapels can only be visited occasionally.
Are these faithful less “fortunate” than others? Has God abandoned and forgotten them?
A tragic event has recently taken place in a location of the district where Mass is only offered once a month: one of our faithful suddenly died of a heart attack.
Yes, a tragic event but very consoling in its circumstances.
The previous evening, the Sunday Mass had been offered at a rented hall by an SSPX priest. The Gospel spoke about death. Catechism after Mass happened to be about Purgatory.
Afterwards, one of the faithful had generously accommodated the priest for dinner and for the night at his house. He had kindly insisted on taking the priest’s suitcase to his bedroom.
In the morning, the priest had recited part of the Divine Office, as Mother Church requests it. No doubt the Good Lord directed these prayers for the soul of the man who was staying next door and about to pass away.
At breakfast the good host told him that, once his very elderly mother passed away, he wanted to renovate his house and use the upper floor for a more permanent SSPX chapel while keeping the ground floor for a priest’s bedroom, his own and his office.
Before taking off to the airport, the gentleman asked Father to bless his mother. The priest obliged and also blessed this good man. They then boarded the car to be driven by another faithful who had just arrived.
Father was in front seat and the gentleman at the back. During the trip, he was talking to Father about the Pope and some prophecies seemingly pertaining to the crisis of the Church.
He handed over to Father his financial contribution for the flight expenses and advised Father to use a certain medical remedy to relieve some body pain.
There followed a brief silence. All of a sudden, the man bent forward, motionless and unconscious: he was undergoing a massive heart attack. When it was possible to stop the car, Father went to the back seat and tried in very unfavourable conditions to resuscitate the poor man who, within minutes, completely collapsed and rendered his soul to his Master, before reaching the nearest hospital.
The priest gave him the sacramental absolution and prayed over him.
This sudden death was surely a tragic event and quite a shock for faithful and relatives, not to mention the priest and the driver.
But given that this faithful could only have the good Mass once a month -and he had received Holy Communion on the previous evening- what incredible fortune did he have to have a priest at his side at the time of his demise?
The Good Lord does not abandon us. He surely came “as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), without warning, but he wished his faithful to die in very good dispositions, having spent the last moments of his life, taking care of a minister of the Lord and supporting the SSPX.
Let us pray that this faithful be soon delivered from Purgatory and let us put our full trust in God Who, in spite of the crisis in the Church, does not abandon the sheep of His flock.
God is never outdone in generosity
“God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound in you; that ye always, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)
+May His Soul and the Souls of the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace+
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Euro Zone: (For a tax receipt)
Cheques payable to “MISSIONS” in EUR (with mention “SSPX Asia”) and to be sent to: MISSIONS, 60 avenue du Général Leclerc, 78230 LE PECQ, France.
Bank transfer onto the Euro account “MISSIONS” (with mention “SSPX Asia”) IBAN: FR76 3000 3018 6000 0372 7114114 - BIC: SOGEFRPP.
Euro Zone: (No tax receipt)
Bank transfer to the Crédit Lyonnais Euro account no. FR13 3000 2072 3300 0007 9201 B65 Swift/BIC: CRLYFRPPXXX – Account holder’s name: FRATERNITE ST-PIE X
Cheques payable to “FRATERNITE ST-PIE X” in CHF (with mention: “District d’Asie”) and to be sent send to: Priesterbruderschaft St.Pius X, Schwandegg, 6313 Menzingen.
Bank transfer onto the CHF account “PRIESTERBRUDERSCHAFT ST. PIUS X” (with mention “SSPX Asia”) IBAN : CH12 0900 0000 6002 9015 3 - BIC : POFICHBEXXX (Swiss Post, PostFinance, CH-3030 Bern).
Cheques payable to “The Society of St. Pius X” in GBP and to be sent to: The Asian Missions, c/o St. George's House, 125 Arthur Road, London SW19 7DR, U.K.
(For a tax receipt) Checks payable to “SSPX Foreign Mission Trust – Asia” in USD and to be sent to: Regina Coeli House, 11485 N. Farley Road, Platte City, MO 64079, USA.
(No tax receipt) Bank transfer onto the Bank Liberty USD account no. 0966000188 – Account holder’s name: The Society of St. Pius X Foreign Missions Trust-Asia
Bank transfer onto the DBS Bank SGD account no. 0039073844 of the “FRIENDS OF THE SSPX” – Account holder’s address: 286 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574402
Cheques payable to “The Society of St. Pius X” in AUD and to be sent to: The Asian Missions, c/o 20 Robin Crescent, WOY WOY, NSW 2256, Australia.