Reverend Father Leonardo Castellani
A prophet of the end of times
Translated from the Spanish by Roberto Hope
Part VI and Conclusion
The preceding text implies a whole spirituality. Nothing better than to express it poetically as did Father Leonardo Castellani in his poem No hago nada (I do nothing), published in Los Papeles de Benjainín Benavides, page 399, and in El Libro de las Oraciones, page 385:
Heart, stand there firm and without budging
to the iniquitous oppresion and effrontery
although I am crazed, I my art do posses
for anger often turns into injured patience
Fighting unarmed but for my saddened heart
against the worst of evils that there are
I fight and bleed but do not hit the dust
I do not much, but more than I can do.
A hardened sentry
I do not let suspect that I am wounded,
nor do I let them know that I'm afraid,
injured and frozen, hold the flag erect
and the inhospitable foxhole not desert.
Although I know that death has overcome me
I´m still on foot and, facing her, keep upright
transmitting the SOS signal of the fight
to some reinforcements that will never come
but a moment too late, if they do at all
and that dead on my feet is how they'll find me...
The other half 'll be done over my grave
by some other poor wretch after I am dead.
Heart, your half 's already been completed!
D) Two combats,.. Two tacticsAs a synthesis of our reflection on all of these texts, it is only left for us to say that it is more evident every time that the counterrevolutionary struggle comprises two combats which are to be conducted at two different times: a conservation combat of resistance and a combat to re-establish the Kingdom of Christ the King.
In the first place, we must combat to hold the last bastions that still remain. It is necessary, by all means, to keep our Seminaries, our Novitiates, our Priories, our Chapels, our Mass Centers, our Retreats and Retreat Houses, our Catholic Families, our Schools and Associations, our Publications...
Over these innumerable conservation commitments, the combat for the re-establishement of the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be waged.
These two struggles have their times and will have, at some moment, the same combatants. It is very important not to confuse both combats; it is necessary to distinguish them, because they have different objectives, and for the same reason, they have different tactics.
Very often, the erroneous behaviors of the traditionalist chiefs and soldiers are due to an incomprehension that exists with respect to these two combats and their objectives. That is to say, it is thought very often that there is only one combat and the objectives of the conservation battle are confused with the ends of the subsequent struggle; the part that corresponds to men is mixed with the actions that have to be done by Christ the King and his Most Holy Mother. Therefore, it is of the greatest importance to consider the tactics of these two superimposed confrontations.
How should the defensive, conservation combat be fought? Before all, it is necessary to make two clarifications: this battle points to secondary objectives only, and no extraordinary divine assistance is given to it.
Additionally, this battle possesses peculiarities which depend on its historical roots and impose three limits on the combatants, which should be respected:
1) The mission of the counterrevolutionary forces is not one of rupture, but of resistance, to conserve the remains. The spontaneous tendency of our ranks is toward restoration, but the battle we should wage is not a scuffle of rupture, of assault. The means at our disposal are not supplied to try to break the siege. Our mission is to watch, conserving the remains which will perish. If we were to attempt the rupture, we would get the tactic wrong.
2) The counterrevolutionary forces are humanly impotent. The battle of conservation is carried out by a minority, vigorous and courageous certainly, but humanly impotent. The revolutionary forces are impregnable. The enemy has built up a close siege which, though artificial, is imposed in an absolute way. The counterrevolutionary forces are incessantly neutralized, mutilated and annihilated.
3) The counterrevolutionary forces are constrained by means of the revolutionary «legality» which, additionally, will be more rigorous every day, reducing our means of defense more every time. The counterrevolutionaries are conscious of defending God's rights against the power of the Beast. It is from that source that they extract their zeal and their confidence. But they too easily imagine that this position of principle gives them a juridical preeminence over the secular State. It is now too late to demand recognition of the rights of the Church from the secular State, to pretend the recognition of Jesus Christ's rights from the apostate State, to expect recognition of the rights of God from the godless State. In the combat we carry out, we are constrained to the means of revolutionary «legality»
The ulterior battle, the one which will have as an objective to tear off the power from the Beast and restore it to Christ the King, will be a personal act of God. Nevertheless, the Divine Teacher expects that the small number take part by means of prayer and penitence, to remove the obstacle which opposes the Divine action, and to a certain extent, to unleash it.
The situation is such, that we take part in a conservation combat and in a preparatory combat by means of prayer at the same time. It is necessary to be men of action to assume the custody of the remnants, and to be men of prayer to take part in the battle of supplication.
These two attitudes are difficult to reconcile; this explains the divergencies in the appreciation of priorities. What should be privileged, action or prayer? This problem, of the cohabitation of the man of action and the man of prayer is resolved, knowing that there is time for prayer that must precede action, and a time for action that should follow prayer. Moreover, we have to be very active in contemplation and very contemplative in action; to stay and at the same time leave, leave and at the same time stay.
While we combat keeping our posts of resistance, by prayer and penitence we shall obtain the divine decision of doing mercy, we will advance the triumph of the immaculate Heart of Mary and the definitive re-establishment of the Kingdom of Christ the King.
ConclusionWe want to conclude this work with the ending words of the quoted text of Monsignor Marcel Lefebvre:
There would be two congresses, the universal political one which will rule the world and the congress of religions which would go in aid of this world government . We run the risk of seeing these two events coming. It is necessary to prepare ourselves. But then, facing these things, what ought we do?
In his Encyclical on Freemasonry, Pope Leo XIII said: They want to destroy the Christian institutions from end to end. That is their objective. Well, they are accomplishing it.
We have to rebuild them. Facing this destruction we have to rise. We have to re-construct the Social Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ in this Christian world about to disappear.
You will say: «But Monsignor, it is the fight of David against Goliath» Yes, I know, but David came out the victor. How did he gain such victory? With a small rock he went to look for in the torrent. What is the rock we have? Jesus Christ our Lord.
We will say like our Vendeean ancestors, who shed their blood for their faith: «We have no other honor than the honor of Jesus Christ, we have not more than one fear in this world, and it is that of offending Jesus Christ» This is what they sung when they marched to their death in defense of their God.
We will also sing with ardor, with all our heart «We have not but one love, and this is Jesus Christ our Lord, and we have not more than one fear, which is that of offending Him»