Faithful Catholics always seek to save souls. Because there is No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church, 1 the faithful Catholic always seeks to convert souls to the Catholic Faith.
For this reason, the faithful Catholic heart is the generous, self-sacrificing heart of a missionary. No effort is too great to bring even a single soul to the true Catholic Faith! As St. Paul told the Corinthians: “I most gladly will spend myself and be spent for your souls”. 2 Corin. 12:15.
Throughout history, faithful Catholics have tried to convert their neighbors and people across the world. To mention only a few famous examples:
Our Lord commands Catholics to generously seek souls to convert:
Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.7
Pope St. Gregory the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas explain that, in Our Lord’s command, the phrase “every creature” means “every man”.8
Therefore, Our Lord commands the Gospel must be preached to every man, regardless of his condition, location and circumstances.
Satan insidiously whispers four excuses to our fallen human nature to prevent us from zealously doing everything we can to convert souls:
Below, we discuss these satanic suggestions.
The devil tells us that, in our own circumstances, the souls we could convert are too few to warrant the efforts required.
This is false! One soul is worth more than all of material creation! St. Thomas Aquinas explains this truth as follows:
[T]he rational creature is more excellent than all transient and corporeal creatures....9
Our Lord teaches the same thing by asking:
For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?10
Faithful Catholics are generous, not stingy! They know that no effort is too great to try to convert souls. Here is how one missionary to far northwest Canada described what he found:
The missionary in Mackenzie will travel almost fabulous distances on snow-shoes, or in a dog-sled in order to baptize a few children, to confess and communicate half a dozen Catholics and to usher an Indian soul out of this world in peace.... There may be, therefore, on an average one living soul to something like 200 square miles in those regions.... The disciple is not above his Master, and he is content with small results until, after much planting and watering, God gives at length plentiful increase.11
Plainly, we must never tire of trying to convert even one person or help save even one soul!
If a person firmly (and correctly) holds that converting even a single soul is worth every effort, the devil is ready to suggest a “back up” excuse: “It is too dangerous.”
Often when men use this excuse, they really mean they would suffer embarrassment and that worldly men and non-Catholics would not accept them. How unworthy are those concerns! In this excuse, such men “weigh” worldly advantage and human respect as greater than the eternal salvation of souls!
But even if the word “dangerous” (in this excuse) really meant death, who cares? St. Paul showed (and taught) us that we must gladly spend ourselves for souls. 2 Corin. 12:15. Danger should not hold us back from seeking converts and helping save souls! Read what St. Paul gladly suffered for souls:
Of the Jews, five times did I receive forty stripes, save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I was in the depth of the sea. In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false brethren. In labor and painfulness, in much watching, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakedness.... At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes, to apprehend me. And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and so escaped his hands.12
If the first two excuses don’t stop our efforts to convert souls, the devil is ready to suggest yet another “back up” excuse. He tells us that in our own circumstances, the souls we could try to convert are too intellectually ill-prepared and so it will do no good to try to convert them.
But faithful Catholics make every effort to save souls, even the souls of persons with the most badly-formed, ill-prepared minds imaginable! Since faithful Catholics have a missionary spirit, they overcome obstacles! They don’t use them as excuses!
One obstacle is a language barrier, which makes a person intellectually unprepared to be converted. The Déné Indian of far northern Canada did not know any language with which they could communicate with missionaries. This presented many problems. For example, as one missionary wrote, there was:
the difficulty of distinguishing [language] roots from accidental additions. The Déné language consists in great measure of words of one syllable, like Chinese. All the root words are monosyllables. I have already collected 745 of them. Some words that are written exactly alike are made to vary in meaning by the tone of voice, etc. The correct pronunciations of the words are extremely difficult for the European. It is remarkable that labials are little used. A Déné, without parting his teeth, and only slightly opening his lips, will pour out a torrent of words impossible to mistake.13
Another, even greater obstacle to conversion, is the ill-prepared mind which thinks only about things that can be sensed. As one missionary wrote:
The Déné does not reflect upon his thoughts or impressions. He runs on. His writing, like his talk, is continuity.... The language of the Déné is a picture of their mind. For sensible objects, they have innumerable words; for general ideas, hardly any.... [H]is intellect seems asleep under the ashes of ignorance accumulating for generations. The name of a virtue or the simplest explanation of a religious truth seems often something outside the range of his understanding.14
However, these missionaries had a Catholic spirit! They thirsted for souls, as faithful Catholics do! They gave no thought to giving up! Here is what they did:
They set themselves first of all to study the language, and to master the idioms, and to force the words somehow or other to bring home to the pagan mind the meaning of virtue, religious mysteries, the Commandments of God, the multitude of His tender mercies, the coming of the Son of God, the Son of Mary, and the making of the Catholic Church.15
Again, faithful Catholics don’t give up on ill-prepared souls! They overcome obstacles in order to spread the true Catholic Faith!
If the first three excuses don’t stop efforts to convert souls, the devil is ready with a last “back up” excuse. He tells us that in our own circumstances, the souls we could try to convert are too ill-disposed to accept the Catholic Faith and so it will do no good to try to convert them.
But faithful Catholics make every effort to save souls, even the most ill-disposed souls (toward the Catholic Faith) that can be imagined. For example, the Déné (who later become excellent Catholics) were cannibals, who killed and ate their own children.16
Just like the father of the Prodigal Son, the truly Catholic heart always has its “eye” on the horizon, looking for every opportunity, and willing to make every effort, to help even the worst men convert to the true Catholic Faith.17
The Iroquois are infamous as being uniquely hostile to the Catholic Faith. But the Catholic heart is missionary! The faithful Catholic thirsts for souls and always hopes that “things will be different” with more effort, and that those souls will convert.
The Catholic heart hopes that, if non-Catholics (such as the Iroquois) are approached yet again, and if another attempt is made to convert him, it will succeed. No efforts are too great or too many!
The longstanding and extreme Iroquois hostility toward the Catholic Faith did not cause the missionaries to give up on them! Read a letter written in Montreal in 1656, by a Jesuit missionary en route to the Iroquois villages to found the first mission:
We are on the eve of our departure to go and collect what remains of the Blood of the Son of God among those peoples, where we have had the happiness of shedding our own [viz., the missionaries’ blood] and of carrying the light of the Faith to them, although their [viz., the Iroquois’] sole design hitherto has been to extinguish it [viz., the light of the Catholic Faith]; that is, we go to establish ourselves among the Iroquois. I think that, in mentioning those Barbarians, I say all that can be said; for their name alone shows the risk which we run and the glory which will accrue to God from the execution of that design.
We are not ignorant of the fact that these Savages have eaten us with relish and have drunk with pleasure the blood of the Fathers of our Society; that their hands and their lips are still wet with it, and that the fires in which they roasted their [viz., missionary priests’] limbs are not yet quite extinguished. We have not forgotten the conflagrations that they have kindled to consume our houses, and the cruelty that they have practiced on our bodies, which still bear its marks. We know that their whole policy consists in knowing well how to plot treachery, and to conceal all their plans for it; that no Nero or Diocletian ever declared himself so strongly against the Christians as these bloodthirsty Savages have done against us....
[A]lthough the [Iroquois] have hitherto manifested nothing but cruelty, the [Jesuit missionaries] feel only an affection for them, which makes them hold life cheap, and lavish it generously, for the salvation of those who have so often sought to put them [ viz., the Jesuit missionaries] to death....
[W]e go to declare war against Infidelity, and to fight the Devil in the very heart of his country.18
Every faithful Catholic heart is the heart of a missionary! We don’t rest while people remain in the darkness outside the Catholic Church, whether they be our neighbors or across the world! We must spare no effort to bring them in!
The Fake Resistance (Bishop Williamson’s group) is composed of four bishops, many priests and laymen. This group lacks zeal for souls, for five reasons:
Persons zealous for the Catholic Faith and conversion of souls stand up for the Faith no matter what the consequences. They defend the Faith publicly to avoid the scandal which would be caused by their silence.
Many of Bishop Williamson’s group, e.g., Bishop Aquinas and the Dominicans of Avrillé, disagree with his heresies but maintain a cowardly silence. 24 His group’s silence is “deafening” and nearly total, as their leader corrupts the Catholic Faith in souls. Bishop Williamson’s group also ostracizes whoever opposes his heresies.
Persons zealous for the Catholic Faith and conversion of souls ceaselessly do what they can—by word and deed—to bring people into the true Catholic Faith, regardless of whether they are ill-disposed to receive the Catholic Faith.
As quoted below, Bishop Williamson promotes the damnation-causing error that we should not try to convert people because they are ill-disposed to receive the Catholic Faith.
Here are Bishop Williamson’s own poisonous words, showing how he tries to discourage attempts to convert souls:
[M]any a clear-sighted Catholic can already be preferring to keep silent rather than attempt to argue or to teach. A mass of modern minds are so incapable any longer of thinking or reasoning that any attempt to dispel their errors can seem to risk only increasing their confusion. ...
Our Lord tells us not to throw pearls in front of swine, in other words not to teach people unfit to learn, and He tells His Apostles to shake off from their feet the dust of a town that will not listen (Mt. VII, 6; Lk. IX, 5). Our Lord gave the example of keeping silent, in front of the Sanhedrin (Mt. XXVII, 12, 14), Herod (Lk. XXIII, 9) and Pilate (Jn. XIX, 9). Many souls today are likewise unfit to hear the truth. And when it comes to fighting, Our Lord Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane told Peter to put up his sword. Such was not the will of God (Mt. XXVI, 54). Peter’s problem was that he had not done what Our Lord had told him to do, which was to “watch and pray.” As a result, when his manly will to fight was frustrated even by his beloved Master, he abandoned him [sic] and ran away (Mk. XIV, 50). Beware, fighters for Our Lord—if your fighting does not work, you risk running away from Him!
Today what Our Lord does ask us to do is to make reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Mother, especially by the Rosary and the Devotion of the First Saturdays.
Eleison Comments #513 (emphasis added).
Let us look at Bishop Williamson’s three excuses not to seek converts, which are contained in the quote immediately above (and which are summarized in #3-#5 right above that).
A faithful Catholic does not talk (or think) this way! A Catholic heart rejects this stingy and defeatist attitude! Bishop Williamson is merely making an excuse to abandon souls and fail to try to bring them into the One Ark of Salvation, the Catholic Church!
No minds were more ill-prepared to think than the minds of the Canadian Indians of the Arctic, who did not even have the words and concepts for abstract ideas! But faithful Catholics push forward to convert souls regardless of their completely ill-prepared minds!
Bishop Williamson teaches that people today have such bad will there is no use trying to convert them.25 But Bishop Williamson does not know the disposition of all individual persons and he rashly assumes they are all the same and all unconvertable. This stingy, anti-missionary assumption is so un-Catholic! It is a pernicious, soul-damning excuse!
Bishop Williamson furthers his rash, evil teaching by praising people as “clear-sighted” because they no longer try to convert people to the true Faith.26
Even if we cannot convert everyone, our tireless efforts might bear fruit known only to God, not us! We must take as our own the words of St. Paul: “I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls”. 2 Corin. 12:15.
At all times in history, most people are not “ready to convert”. For example, the Iroquois and the Canadian cannibals were not “ready to convert”. But we must do everything in our power to help people become ready to convert.
Bishop Williamson says that we should be afraid to fight for converts and for the Catholic Faith today, because this fight is likely to make us abandon the Faith ourselves.27 Bishop Williamson advises us instead, only to pray. Bishop Williamson calls prayer “what Our Lord does ask”, showing he means that Our Lord does not ask us to try to convert people.28 Of course, the truth is that faithful Catholics do pray, but also fight and seek converts to the Catholic Faith. As quoted above, Our Lord commands the Gospel be preached to every man, regardless of his condition, location and circumstances.
St. Ignatius of Loyola gives us Rules for the Discernment of Spirits (which he received from Our Lady), which show us when the devil is behind an idea proposed to us. When we apply these rules, we see that Bishop Williamson echoes Satan, when advising us not to seek converts.
St. Ignatius warns us that when we are trying to be generous and do more for Our Lord (such as by seeking converts), the devil will suggest false obstacles and try to discourage us by false arguments. Here are St. Ignatius’s words:
In the persons who are going on intensely cleansing their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our Lord, ... then it is the way of the evil spirit to bite, sadden and put obstacles, disquieting with false reasons, that one may not go on; and it is proper to the good spirit to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations and quiet, easing, and putting away all obstacles, that one may proceed in good works.29
Following St. Ignatius’s warning, when we seek to serve Our Lord better, we must expect the devil to whisper words of discouragement. We hear the devil’s whisper echoing in the words of Bishop Williamson.
When we have a missionary heart, we conform ourselves to the Catholic Church. It is the devil who whispers to us, through Bishop Williamson, “you can’t do it”; “it is too hard”; and “it won’t do any good”. We also hear the devil’s poisonous whisper through Bishop Williamson, that “if you fight to obtain converts, you will abandon the Faith yourself”.
Even when the devil’s pernicious whisper echoes in Bishop Williamson’s words, we must respond to him the same way: “Begone Satan!”
Bishop Williamson teaches that we should not try to convert people to the Catholic Faith. His pernicious advice pleases the conciliar church, since he teaches as they do, that we should stop trying to make converts to the Catholic Faith. For example, the Vatican promoted this same evil discouragement (i.e., not to seek converts) when it declared in 2015, that “the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews”.30
But not only the conciliar church is pleased by the result Bishop Williamson seeks. The devil also is delighted with Bishop Williamson’s words! The devil knows that there is No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church. 31 Thus, the devil is thrilled by Bishop Williamson’s teaching that Catholics should not generously try to bring people into the Church where their souls could be saved.
Let us pray for poor, blind Bishop Williamson!
Let us also pray for Bishop Aquinas and the rest of the Fake Resistance, that they begin to stand up for Christ the King, rather than stand with Bishop Williamson!
But we must reject Bishop Williamson’s teaching, which is stingy, defeatist, and satanic! Instead, our attitude must be the opposite of his. We must be generous, missionary, and Catholic! We must make every effort to bring people into the one Ark of Salvation (the Catholic Church). We should strive to convert all people from their errors, even Bishop Williamson!
Bishop Zendejas is part of the Fake Resistance and is a liberal, as Bishop Williamson is. To take just a few examples, Bishop Zendejas:
Likewise, Bishop Zendejas follows Bishop Williamson in admitting that he does not seek to convert people to the Traditional Catholic Faith. For example, in 2015, he publicly declared (concerning his Danbury, CT chapel) that his “followers do not exceed 90 and [we] have no plans to grow ”.33
Let us pray for Bishop Zendejas, as well as the other liberals who are spreading their soul-damning errors!
Do you have a Catholic and missionary heart which seeks to convert souls? If so, then leave the Fake Resistance and join the True Resistance—which also seeks to convert souls!
1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, article: St. Boniface. ↑
1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, article: St. Remegius. ↑
St. Mark, 16:15. ↑
Catena Aurea on St. Mark’s Gospel, ch. 16, v.15, St. Thomas Aquinas, Editor, quoting St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church. ↑
Summa Theologica, IIa IIae, Q.7, a.2, respondeo. ↑
St. Matthew 16:26. ↑
Mid Snow and Ice, The Apostles of the Far Northwestern Canada, by Fr. Pierre Douchaussois, OMI, © 1936, reprinted by The Desert Will Flower Press, 2007, p.29. ↑
2 Corin., ch.11, vv. 24-27; 32-33. ↑
Mid Snow and Ice, The Apostles of the Far Northwestern Canada, by Fr. Pierre Douchaussois, OMI, © 1936, reprinted by The Desert Will Flower Press, 2007, p.24. ↑
Mid Snow and Ice, The Apostles of the Far Northwestern Canada, by Fr. Pierre Douchaussois, OMI, © 1936, reprinted by The Desert Will Flower Press, 2007, p.24. ↑
Mid Snow and Ice, The Apostles of the Far Northwestern Canada, by Fr. Pierre Douchaussois, OMI, © 1936, reprinted by The Desert Will Flower Press, 2007, p.25. ↑
Mid Snow and Ice, The Apostles of the Far Northwestern Canada, by Fr. Pierre Douchaussois, OMI, © 1936, reprinted by The Desert Will Flower Press, 2007, p.26. ↑
[The Prodigal Son said:] “I will arise, and will go to my father, and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee: I am not worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” And rising up, he came to his father. And when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and running to him fell upon his neck, and kissed him. St. Luke, 15: 18-20 ↑
Excerpt of Fr. Francois le Mercier, S.J.’s Letter to Fr. Louys Cellot, S.J., 1656, published in Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in New France, 1610-1791, Thwaites, Editor, vol. 44, Iroquois, Lower Canada 1656-1658, Burrows Bros. Co., ©1899, pp.53-67 (bracketed words added for clarity). ↑
Read his own words, cited to his own sources, here: Bishop Williamson declares traditional Catholics can attend the new mass and get grace from it ↑
Read his own words, cited to his own sources, here: Bishop Williamson broadens his ecumenism. He now approves of attending the Masses of sedevacantists ↑
Read his own words, cited to his own sources, here: Bishop Williamson further extends his ecumenism—this time to the Anglicans ↑
Read Bishop Williamson’s own words, cited to his own sources, here: Bishop Williamson’s latest Valtorta quote shows why the Church condemned Valtorta’s false “visions”
Read his own words, cited to his own sources, here: Bishop Williamson teaches situation ethics
Catholics must judge words and deeds objectively. But we must never judge a person’s interior, subjective culpability for sins, because that would be the sin of rash judgment. Read the explanation found here: Rash judgment: concluding the pope is a formal heretic
A person might have the superficial opinion that it is a sin of rash judgment for us to call their silence “cowardly”. However, he would be wrong.
The word, “cowardly” means:
being, resembling, or befitting a coward, e.g., a cowardly retreat.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cowardly (emphasis added).
Thus, we describe well that they maintain a cowardly silence when Bishop Williamson teaches heresy and scandal, because their silence resembles and befits a coward (since they fail in their objective duty to stand up for the true Catholic Faith). But we don’t judge their internal, subjective culpability for their betraying the Catholic Faith by these objective mortal sins of silence.
Recently, Bishop Williamson taught this same evil message in a different place, viz., that we should not concern ourselves with converting souls. He said: “I don’t think we need to be too concerned to bring souls towards us, because people just don’t understand today. They don’t have the ears to hear.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hetZgRGZafA&feature=youtu.be; listen at minute 5:25.↑
As quoted above, Bishop Williamson’s words are that “many a clear-sighted Catholic can already be preferring to keep silent rather than attempt to argue or to teach.” ↑
Bishop Williamson teaches: “ Our Lord Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane told Peter to put up his sword. Such was not the will of God.... when his manly will to fight was frustrated even by his beloved Master, he abandoned him and ran away (Mk. XIV, 50). Beware, fighters for Our Lord—if your fighting does not work, you risk running away from Him! ” ↑
Recently, Bishop Williamson taught this same evil message in a different place, viz., that we should pray but not try to make converts: “Patience, my dear friends, pray for your priests, pray for your bishops, and pray the rosary, and practice in a spirit of reparations to Our Lady the first Saturdays, and that's what we can do and that's what we should do. ” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hetZgRGZafA&feature=youtu.be—listen at minute 6:39 (emphasis added).↑
Spiritual Exercises, Rules for the Discernment of Spirits, Second Week, Rule 2 (emphasis added). ↑
https://www.theguardian.com/world 2015 dec 10 vatican-tells-catholics-not-to-attempt-to-convert-jews ↑
The Catholic Church has infallibly declared this dogma numerous times. Read the Church’s pronouncements here: Lumen Gentium Annotated, by Quanta Cura Press, beginning on p.62, ftnt. 40, © 2013, available at: scribd.com/doc/158994906 (free) & at Amazon.com (sold at cost). ↑
Read his own words, sited back to his own sources, here: Open letter to Fr. Gerardo Zendejas↑
Quoted in the local Danbury, CT, newspaper and available at this link: http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Attorney-Religion-should-not-influence-zoning-6266734.php↑