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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
March 2003

Other articles in this newsletter:
   The Infant of Prague
   Moral Theology: Loot from Abroad

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Oh, how rich is our Catholic heritage! This past month, one of the seminarians and I went to the Czech Republic, Germany, and France to administer the Sacranient of Confirmation to the faithful who are cared for spiritually by Fr. Eugen Rissling of UIm, Germany. During our travels, we witnessed so many testimonies to our Catholic Faith.

We began our mission in the city of Marienbad in the Czech Republic. As the city was but two hours from Prague, Fr. Eugen Rissling was able to squeeze in a very quick visit for us to this historic capital city. (I will not reveal how fast Father drove on the Autobahn where there is no speed limit).

In Prague we visited the Church of Our Lady of Victories to pray before the actual shrine to the Infant Jesus of Prague. We had the opportunity also to pray in the Cathedral of St. Vitus at the tomb of St. Wenceslaus, the saintly king of Bohemia who was put to death by his brother Boleslaus in 929 A.D.
This Cathedral also houses the relics of St. John Nepomucene, the priest-martyr for the seal of confession. His statues and pictures frequently depict him with his index finger over his sealed lips to illustrate that he kept absolute silence rather than reveal the queen’s confession to the king. In his anger, the king had St. John Nepomucene cast into the swift river, where he drowned.

Another part of our beautiful Catholic heritage is the Charles Bridge in Prague. Along either side of this bridge are larger-than-life-sized statues of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother, and the saints — twenty-six all together. Throughout the city of Prague there are numerous reminders of the truths of our Faith.

The same can be said of Germany. Driving from one Mass center to another, it is not uncommon to see along the roadside a crucifixion scene, or some shrine to Our Lady.

Between Germany and France, we passed through the city of Constance. It was there that the Ecumenical Council was held to end the Great Western Schism, during which there were three claimants to the Papacy. Although I have been to Europe many times, there are always new opportunities to experience testimonies to our Holy Faith that I have not previously seen.

Yet, as wonderful as these physical testimonies are, it does not compare to the Faith of the traditional Catholics in the Czech Republic, Germany. and France. These traditional parishes are comprised of young families who are new to the traditional Catholic Faith. It never ceases to amaze me that after thirty-five years of Apostasy caused by the Second Vatican Council, there are still men of good will who seek and find the true Faith. Truly, “God wills all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). It is truly inspiring to see their fervor for the Faith and their charity towards one another.

For all of our Adsum readers, let us remember to pray fervently during Mass the first prayer of the Canon, which is directed for the holy Catholic Church — that God “grant her peace, to guard and unite and guide her throughout the world.” With the widespread immorality in society and the prospects of war in the Middle East and possibly in North Korea, we must daily pray for perseverance for ourselves and all the members of the Mystical Body of Christ throughout the world.

With my prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Other articles in this newsletter:
   The Infant of Prague
   Moral Theology: Loot from Abroad

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