The last few articles have been about the damage done by the enemy to the Church and society. Here is a modern day hero who was a Third Order Carmelite was Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira. He did much for the Church before being taken home on Oct 3, 1995, the traditional feast of St. Therese.
Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Dec. 13th, 1908. He was an intellectual, politician and a Catholic activist. In 1928, he joined the Marian Congregations. In 1933 he helped organize the Catholic Electoral League and was elected to the nation’s Constitutional Convention. As the youngest congressman in Brazil's history he was part of the "Catholic bloc". In this position, he began to take notice of the socialist infiltration within the Church which led him to write, “In Defense of Catholic Action” where he denounced errors germinating in Catholic circles. Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira saw — as history has confirmed — seeds of a great future crisis in the Holy Church. Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, from his deep interior prayer life and especially his devotion to Mary, received the grace to see the dangers from afar and to denounce them, taking care especially to reveal the most hidden of them — even though he would suffer for doing so since those attitudes frequently frustrated the plans of the Church’s enemies.
His desire was that of a true Catholic and follows the motto of Saint Pius X, “Omnia instaurare in Christo,” (Restore all things in Christ). His book, “Revolution and Counter-Revolution”, published in 1959, analyzes the history of the last centuries and the situation of the contemporary world, showing that a process has corroded Christendom, fights to destroy its remains, and seeks to establish a regime opposed in everything to the Law of God. (Does this sound familiar?)
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira dedicated all the energies of his long and fruitful life to the dauntless fight against that process, to the re-Christianizing of the temporal order along the ways of the Reign of Christ, to the Reign of Mary.
His last book, “Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII” —shows how much good could have been done to the contemporary world had these words inspired religious and lay leaders at the time.
He began Tradition, Family, Property, (TFP) in 1960 which are autonomous anticommunist organizations inspired by the traditional teachings of the Popes. His work spread to 27 countries, stimulating their piety and orienting their studies and action at a time when doctrinal errors, religious indifference, self-interest, and the obsession to compromise with the worst situations are becoming increasingly frequent.
This man was truly devoted to Our Lady. The TFP men become true soldiers for Christ by consecrating themselves to Jesus through Mary through the St. Louis de Montfort spirituality. They dedicate their lives to the cause of working to restore all things in Christ. They pray 15 decades of the rosary daily, daily Mass, yearly renewal of the consecration, and spread the Fatima message to a world imbued with error and compromise giving it hope with her words, “In the end My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”. These men who give their lives to the cause of spreading the Reign of Jesus Christ through Mary fight against the devil and his Revolution by living as the “slaves of Jesus and Mary” in the Counter Revolution.
In what sense and in what way does consecration to Mary have Christian civilization as its fruit? To consecrate is, by definition, to subordinate man and society to God. “America Needs Fatima” is an apostolate of TFP which spreads the message of Fatima which is the hope of the world – Mary leading souls back to God through the Rosary, Brown Scapular and Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart. It is indispensable to have her maternal help to avoid and vanquish evil, as She is the one appointed to crush the head of the serpent and “In the end, Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph”.
There are too many numerous acts in the life of Dr. Plinio in its fight against evil and Communism that I encourage you to read his biography, “The Crusader of the 20th Century: Plinio Correa de Oliveira by Roberto De Mattei and also the books quoted in this article. He was a man of virtue, protected and guided by Our Lady to work for the good of the Reign of Jesus Christ. May She continue to guide the TFP’s around the world in this continued fight and may we live to see Her Immaculate Heart Triumph so that Christ may truly reign in our hearts and in the world!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!