The End of Contemplative Life

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .


The vicious campaign waged against contemplative life that began at the time of the Second Vatican Council and reached its peak with the subversive, politicking, and undermining of the Catholic Faith in Spain carried out by two pseudo nuns, Forcades and Caram, is undoubtedly one of the most serious tsuki (thrust) that the fencing sword of the Great Enemy has driven into the heart of the Church. Never before in Her entire existence has She received such a saber slash.

The servants of the Father of Lies, as faithful children of the great master of histrionics that their parent is, tend to disguise themselves under various forms and techniques in order to carry out destructive work that they would never do with unveiled faces. And we are not referring merely to the way they dress or appear in public which, while serious, would be the least important issue, but to all their activities and the apparent struggle they wage for the advancement of the ideologies they propagate. This is possible because they act in a society which is not only prone and ready to accept lies but is entirely imbued with an ocean of falsehood with which this society lives in perfect harmony. Infusoria can only live in infected emulsions or in abandoned and putrid pools of water.

Homily May 24th, 2015

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

Solemnity of Pentecost

Jn 14: 23-31

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Letter to the Church of Pergamus (and VII)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

We have said more than once that reciprocity is one of the essential laws of love. Consequently, one could rightly think that in divine-human love it is not only the human heart that is wounded but also the divine heart:

                    There, at my Beloved’s side,
In the silence of Love’s mutual sweet word,
I wished always to abide,
And in my ear he whispered
That he too, wounded by my love, has suffered.

         This is so because the love of Jesus Christ for the enamored soul is as human as it is divine, that is, divine-human. The presence of this love in the human heart of Jesus Christ clearly shows, once again, the convenience and the necessity of the Incarnation, in the sense that God wants to establish with man a relationship of perfect love.

         In this connection, there are verses in the Song of Songs that, although having been always considered metaphoric, may possess much more literal meaning than that which is usually attributed to them:

                    Thou art beautiful, O my love,
Sweet and comely as Jerusalem:
Terrible as an army set in array.
                    Turn away thy eyes from me,
For they have taken me by assault.
Thy hair is as a flock of goats,
That appear from Galaad.[1]

Letter to the Church of Pergamus (VI)

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .


7. Another prize for the Victor: a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth, but he that receiveth it.

Speculating about the love of the blessed who have already reached their Heavenly Homeland is talking about something we simply do not know or, moreover, about what we cannot even imagine, according to the known affirmation of Saint Paul: Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man...[1]

But the love of those who have reached the end is substantially the same as the love of those who are still on their way. The latter, though, is a love that could be called in fieri, since it has not yet reached the consummation of its perfection. However, although this love is still imperfect (in the sense of being not-perfected or not-consummated), it participates to some degree –since it is love, as stated before—in the qualities of perfect love.

Therefore, the reward promised to the victors, a white stone with a name written on it which no one knows but he who receives it, is the same prize awarded to the viatores who are still walking within the Pilgrim Church, only this time in the form of first fruits. But this pledge far exceeds what the eye has seen or the ear has heard and what the human heart could ever have imagined. The participation in His own Love that God has seen fit to bestow upon His creatures in this world, even as an earnest, is the advancement of a blessed fullness that is already perceived as absolutely indescribable; even if only a very few ever reach this reality to this level of intensity. 

Homily May 17th, 2015

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .

Sunday after the Ascension of the Lord

Jn 16: 5-14

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Saints are Dead

Written by P. Alfonso Gálvez on .


The death of Saints has been one of the most shocking outcomes of the Second Vatican Council, although it has hardly raised any comments. October 11, 1962, could be referred to as the starting date of this unfortunate happening, when Pope John XXIII, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, opened the Second Vatican Council at the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.

Clearly, Saints are not dead in the Triumphant Church, which is the main part of the Church where saints are already crowned with eternal glory. They are dead only to the Militant or Pilgrim Church which is under trial on this earth and which is but a phase in the great Organism of the Mystical Body, the Church of Jesus Christ.

But Saints have died, indeed, in the Militant Church, which is the only visible and tangible church for the viatores who still live in this Valley of Tears. Of course, as happens with deaths of almost all human beings, there is a story behind this demise also; and, like human death, this death did not happen suddenly.

Saints, or the heroes of Christ who have already received their crown of glory, have always occupied an important, even fundamental, place within the Church. The Church held her first martyrs in great veneration; consequently, the remains of their bodies were considered as objects of worship. We can safely say that it is impossible to imagine the Church without her martyrs and her saints who always have been an important part of the invaluable and precious Treasure stored in her bosom mainly through the merits of Jesus Christ, but also through their own merits.

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