Thursday, June 1, 2017

"Russia Will Become Catholic"

The Russian noble Gregor Augustin Maria Shuvalov converted
to the Catholic Faith and began his prayer work for the
conversion of Russia
by Roberto de Mattei

"Russia will become Catholic." This inscription was affixed to the tomb of Father Gregory Augustin Maria Shuvalov in the cemetery of Montparnasse in Paris. The Russian Barnabite has sacrificed himself for this purpose. 1)


Princess Sophia Saltikow (left), painting by Orest Kiprenski

Count Gregor Petrovich Shuvalov was born on 25 October 1804 in Saint Petersburg as the son of an old noble family. An uncle, who, like his father, was the Tsar's general, was commissioned to bring defeated Napoleon to the island of Elba. Another ancestor is the founder of the Lomonossov University in Moscow. Gregor studied from 1808-1817 at the Jesuit College in Saint Petersburg. When the Jesuits were expelled from Russia, he continued his studies in Switzerland and then at the University of Pisa, where he also learned the Italian language to perfection. He was, however, influenced by materialism and nihilism, which then prevailed in the liberal circles in which he lived. Czar Alexander I appointed him an officer of the Hussarsky, and returned to Russia. At the age of 20 he married Princess Sophia Saltikov, the daughter of Prince Alexander Saltikov, who was a member of the Crown Council and the Foreign Affairs Council. Sophia was a deeply religious woman, Orthodox, but "Catholic in soul and heart". She was only 34 years old when she died of tuberculosis in Venice in 1841. Shuvalov had her buried in Russia on a family estate near Saint Petersburg. She had given him four children, two sons and two daughters, of whom Alexander and Natalia had already died in infancy. His son Peter became a member of the Council of Internal Affairs and married the Princess Maria Gagarin. Helena married Alexander Skariatin, a collector of old music and son of the Russian Major General Gregor Skariatin.

The death of Sophia prompted Shuvalov to deepen his study of religion. One day he came upon the "Confessions" of St. Augustine, which became an enlightenment for him.
"I kept reading, copied entire pages, writing long excerpts. His philosophy filled me with good wishes and love. With what inspiring satisfaction I found in this great man emotions and thoughts, which had hitherto slumbered in the soul, and which this reading kept alive."
After his move to Paris, Count Shuvalov was a member of a circle of Russian nobles who had been converted to the Catholic Church by Count Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821), who was ambassador of the King of Sardinia in Saint Petersburg from 1802-1817.


Sophie Swetschine

Among them was the mystic Sophie Svetschine (1782-1857), who had to leave Russia after 1815 because of her conversion to the Catholic Church, Prince Ivan Gagarin (1814-1882), whose family is a side line of the Rurikids, the Varangian founding dynasty of Russia, and Prince Theodor Galitzin (1805-1848), whose Lithuanian family originated directly from the patriarch of the Jagiellonians, and who, as an embassy attaché, belonged to the Diplomatic Corps of the Tsar's empire. Galitzin, who recognized the profound spiritual crisis of his friend, helped him to find the truth by recommending him to read Joseph de Maistre's Du Pape and to think about it. Shuvalov followed the advice and understood that the first essential feature of the Church was unity and that this demanded a supreme authority which can not be any other than the Roman Pope.
"Lord, thou sayest, my Church, and not my churches; In addition, the Church must preserve the truth, but the truth is only one, so the church can only be one [...]. When I realized that there could be only one true Church, I also understood that this Church must be universal, Catholic. "


Pater de Ravignan SJ

Shuvalov went to Notre Dame every evening to hear the sermons of Father François-Xavier de la Croix de Ravignan (1795-1858), a learned Jesuit who was to become his spiritual guide. On 6 January 1843, the Feast of the Epiphany, Shuvalov renounced Orthodoxy, and in the Chapelle des Oiseaux, he professed his confession to the Catholic Faith.
But he wanted to devote himself far more to the Catholic cause. With the help of a young Italian Liberal, Emilio Dandolo, with whom he happened to become acquainted on a train, he met Father Alessandro Piantoni, Rector of the Longone College of Barnabites in Milan. Piantoni accepted Schuwalov in 1856 with the name Augustin Maria in the Barnabite novitiate in Monza.
In this Order, founded by St. Antonio Maria Zaccaria in 1530, Shuvalov found the climate of the spiritual depth that he had sought. He wrote to Father Ravignan:
"I think I am in paradise. My fathers are like saints, the novices like angels."
Among his young confreres was Cesare Tondini de Quarenghi (1839-1907), who, like no other, adopted the spiritual heritage of Shuvalov. On September 19, 1857, Augustine Maria Shuvalov was ordained a priest in Milan by Monsignor Angelo Ramazzotti, later Patriarch of Venice.
On the day of his consecration as a priest, during the elevation of the chalice, Shuvalov addressed the following request to God:
"My God, make me worthy to give my life and my blood in union with yours for the glorification of the Blessed Immaculate Virgin for the conversion of Russia."
This was the dream of his life which he entrusted to the Immaculate, whose dogma Pope Pius IX. declared on the 8th of December 1858. When he was received by the Pope in audience, Father Shuvalov expressed his desire to devote his life to the return of the schismatics to the Church of Rome. In the memorable encounter:
"Pius IX. talked to me about Russia, with a faith, with a hope, supported by the words of Jesus, and with a burning love which guided him, and with whom he thought of the misguided brethren, who had fallen from the right path, as poor orphans. These words inflamed my heart."
Father Shuvalov agreed to sacrifice his life for the conversion to Russia.
"Well," said the Holy Father, "always repeat this resolution three times a day before the crucifix. You may be sure, your desire will be fulfilled."
The field of his apostolate and his sacrifice was Paris, where there were strong Russian and Oriental communities. Untiring was his commitment, with which he could win innumerable souls. He founded the prayer association for the triumph of the Blessed Immaculate Virgin for the conversion of the schismatic Eastern Christians and especially of the Russians to the Catholic faith , which Father Shuvalov simply called the work .


"Trinity" by Andrei Rubljow

Pius IX. approved the society 1862 with a Breve. Father Cesare Tondini became its tireless exponent. Father Shuvalov was not to experience the recognition. He had died in Paris on April 2, 1859. He had just finished his autobiography Ma conversion et ma vocation (Paris 1859). The book underwent numerous editions in the 19th century and was translated into other languages. [In 1862, two independent German translations were published under the title "Meine Bekehrung und mein Beruf" (My conversion and my profession), one published by the Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag in Paderborn, the other by the Felizian Rauch Verlag in Innsbruck, translator's note] New edition by the Barnabite patrons Enrico M. Sironi and Franco M. Ghilardotti (Grafiche Dehoniane, Bologna), from which the quotations are taken. Father Ghilardotti tried to transfer the mortal remains of Father Shuvalov to Italy, where they now rest in the church of San Paolo Maggiore in Bologna, built by the Barnabites in 1611. At the foot of an altar there reposes a copy of the Holy Trinity of Andrei Rubljov, the greatest Russian icon-painter, Father Augustine Maria Shuvalov, awaits the Resurrection.
In his autobiography the Russian Barnabite wrote:
"When heresy threatens, when faith evaporates, when morals fall, and peoples fall asleep at the edge of the abyss, God, who arranges everything by measure, number, and weight, opens the treasures of His grace to wake them up again. Once, in a dark village, he awakens a hidden saint, whose powerful prayer restrains his arm from punishment; Once, on the face of the earth, he makes a bright light appear, a Moses, a Gregory VII, a Bernhard. Once, with the help of a miraculous event, whether temporarily or permanently, he inspires the idea of ​​a pilgrimage or other form of worship, which is perhaps a new form, but always old in its essence, a moving and salutary cult. This was also the origin of the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This cult was built in the midst of a thousand oppositions in a small monastery in the village of Paray-le-Monial."


San Paolo Maggiore, Bologna, the Barnabite Church and the Augustine Maria Schuwalow's grave

We can add, the origin of the worship of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose spreading the Mother of God desired 100 years ago in a small village in Portugal. In Fatima, the Mother of God announced that the great ideal of Father Shuvalov might become a reality: the conversion of Russia to the Catholic faith. This is a very extraordinary event that belongs to our future, and which in the world makes the mysterious words of the Holy Scriptures which Father Shuvalov referred to his own conversion:
"Surge qui dormis, aur a mortuis et iluminabit te Christ."
"Wake up, you sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will be your light" (Ephesians 5:14).
* Roberto de Mattei , historian, father of five children, professor of modern history and history of Christianity at the European University of Rome, chairman of the Lepanto Foundation, author of numerous books, most recently in German translation: defense of tradition: the insuperable truth of Christ A foreword by Martin Mosenach, Altötting 2017.

Trans; Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMDG













42 comments:

  1. Will the KGB allow it? According to Malachi Martin, Pius XII set up an underground Church in Russia with priests and bishops. The KGB sent a seminarian to Rome to come up with the names. All were arrested or murdered and the network was destroyed.

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    1. Rome wasn't wild about the idea, either.

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    2. "blessed" Paul VI was HEAVILY implicated in the betrayal and subsequent tortures and murders. Pius XII exiled him; "saint" John XXIII resuscitated him....and the rest is V2 history. blessed and saint my butt.

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    3. Mgr Montini who was employed at the Secretariat of State had ties since long with the Soviets, though Pius XII had it strictly forbidden.
      Pius XII hired a french intelligence officer, Col. Arnould whom he needed to entrust him for "special missions". This gentleman was once warned by a Swedish Lutheran bishop that he had proofs there was a spy working for the Soviets hidden in the Vatican. Arnould asked written proofs. This Bishop some times later confided him an envelope to be delivered in the Pope's hands and nobody else.
      When Pius XII had it opened, he blemished since he knew who was betraying: The mole was a jesuit priest Fr Alighiero Tondi an assistant of Montini. He was immediately fired and defrocked. Montini was dismissed and made archbp of Milan.
      Later Tondi married a communist woman. This didn't prevent Paul VI to hire him again in the Vatican once he was elected Pope.
      (sigh)

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  2. Wasn't Paul vi aka Montini supposedly one of the leaks that got the priests killed and for that reason Pius XII exiled him to Milan?

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    1. Sadly, that sounds about right.

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    2. Pius XI was Archbishop of Milan before being elected Pope.
      Paul VI was Archbishop of Milan before being elected Pope.
      Pius XII didn't "exile" Bishop Montini.

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    3. Montini (aka Paulette vi) was working in the Vatican before he was removed.

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    4. My point is Bp.Montini wasn't "demoted" nor "exiled".
      He was sent to a post that was held by Pope Pius XI right before he was elected Pope.

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    5. nice revision history "anonymous"...montini was certainly exiled as persona non grata. He should have been brought up on capital crimes...would have savede the Church much heartache.

      Educate yourself....

      http://www.padrepioandchiesaviva.com/Paul_VI_Beatified_.html

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    6. What I wrote is 100% truth.
      Take your own advice.

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    7. yeah, like Hi-C was 100% juice.

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    8. Pius XII upon all wanted to avoid a scandal. He got rid of Montini from the Vatican by naming him archbp of Milan.
      But he always refused to bestow him the cardinal's hat out of fear Montini could become papabile.
      John XXIII knew this, but he made him a cardinal anyways a few weeks after he was elected. This makes me imagine that the election of Paul VI, the beginning of the catastrophe for the Church, was plotted since long,
      Like was engineered that of Jorge Bergoglio.

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  3. ....excerpts from lyrics of two very popular songs in Russia, about their beloved President Putin......

    Tolibdzon Kurbanhanow: ‘God send him (December 31, 1999), when our country was in crisis. He saved our country and fixed our economy....... he is our hero, who took over the government when our people knew not what will the future be like.......he was send as a prophet, or maybe even as a Messiah, by God Himself!’

    Another singer, Oleg Gazmanov........he sings not only of Putin being a ‘savior’, but it follows in line with the ideological foundation stone of ‘restitution’ for the Soviet Russia, that is, the return of confiscated property and the protection of private property..... he sings: ‘Ukraine and Crimea, Belarus, Moldavia belongs to us.....Kazakhstan, Baltic Republics like Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and even Caucasus....Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia.’

    Enjoy the song by Oleg Gazmanov......RUSSIA, RUSSIA.....most powerful!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r29k_T_o9To

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coeH02wg4lE another song...... ‘Ukraine and Crimea, Belarus, Moldavia belongs to us......etc.,’

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    1. "...tra la la la ...belongs to us..."
      - That why Russia better soon than later should be consecrated and come back in fullness to the Father's Home - the one Catholic and Apostolic Church. Because nothing is of them or anybody else. Instead that kind of worldly, nationalistic vision, everyone should know that every littlest thing and every single being, everything belongs just to God the Almighty.
      Ivan

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  4. Another rock group ‘Lube’ who’s beginning goes to the time when the name Vladimir Putin, was only known to the highest members of the KGB. These musicians are not motivated by an easy carrier, rather their lyrics to their songs are what they believe and who they are, personally. They sing about the ‘beauty of the landscape of Russia,’ the heroism and tragedy of the civil war, and even in their songs... calling on America to return of Alaska, that once belonged to Russia.

    May God save Russia! Catholic Russia!

    May, He haste the consecration of RUSSIA to HER Immaculate Heart, lest many, many more will perish!




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    1. Yet the Orthodox don't have a problem with dictator Tzar's or various Ottoman Sultans.
      Excuses Excuses...

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    2. The orthodoxs will certainly come back in the Catholic Church since Our Lady promised this once the Consecration is done.

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    3. Absolutely! Thank you, Jacques.

      Margaret

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  6. Even though I disagree with the CMRI & their hero worship of Pius XII & all of his "implementations",it's interesting they (CMRI) have a chapel in Russia.
    I don't remember if it's Moscow or St.Petersburg?

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    1. Interesting --didn't know they had a chapel in Russia. I attend a Dolan/Samborn chapel. We reject Pius XII' S implementations.

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    2. I attend a chapel that is under Bishop Ramolla and we do everything pre-1950 too,including after midnight Holy Communion fast.
      Good job Bro keep up the Lord's work!

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    3. Cool, the sede's and Russian Orthodox have one thing in common. Both believe the Pope is a schismatic heretic. It would be hard for the sede's to bring then into communion with Rome since the center of unity (Pope) no longer exists and sede's have no clue when a Pope will fill the seat again.

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    4. There's always the Dimonds if you're looking for doctrinal purity.

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    5. Tancred, surely you jest! The Dimond brothers are full-blown sedevacantists! Please have your sede friend check out www.trueorfalsepope.com. Excellent source for refuting Sedevacantism.

      M

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    6. I'm anonymous @3:11pm
      We were being friendly and exchanging comments.
      Forgive us I didn't know we were blasting or insulting people.

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  7. Note: prayer and humble repentance: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/104019.htm

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  8. Hmmm. What's more likely to happen first? Russia becoming Catholic or the Lord appearing on a cloud to judge the earth?

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    1. Well.... before Russia can become Catholic Rome would have to become Catholic. And that doesn't seem plausible anytime soon.

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    2. If even the Jews will convert before His Parousia, then Russia will be Catholic much sooner.

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  9. Where's the Holy Ghost?

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    1. He's everywhere:

      Heavenly King, Advocate, Spirit of Truth,
      who are everywhere present and fill all things,
      Treasury of Blessings, Bestower of Life,
      come, and dwell within us;
      cleanse us of all that defiles us,
      and O Good One, save our souls.


      Don't worry - He's working on ending the crisis in the Church.

      http://lit.royaldoors.net/2017/05/23/june-4-2017-pentecost-sunday/


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  10. The powers that be in Russia need to contemplate their demographic crisis. If they want to survive as a nation, they will need to unite with the Catholic Slavs. The Giver of Life has them in His grip.

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    1. The Orthodox Church in Russia has appeared before the Duma on two separate occasions, once in 2005 and just recently, asking them to outlaw abortion.

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  11. Tancred,

    The comments regarding The Dimond Bros is sarcasm example? Yes?

    They are "monks' of a non existing monastery under no one but their own authority. Hmmmmm

    Why the pretense of being Benedictine when the Church and world needs holy well informed laymen too. Hmmmm pt2

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  12. Tancred,

    The comments regarding The Dimond Bros is sarcasm example? Yes?

    They are "monks' of a non existing monastery under no one but their own authority. Hmmmmm

    Why the pretense of being Benedictine when the Church and world needs holy well informed laymen too. Hmmmm pt2

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    1. Seeing sedes argue about who's the most Sede and nitpicking CMRI because they love a certain saintly pope, suggests one might have better luck as a Protestant.

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    2. I didn't see anyone nitpicking until your comment.

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