The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God has a special purpose the preservation of the Deposit of Faith through religious education in all its forms. God has established him as “a bulwark against the almost general apostasy” which has invaded Christendom and in particular the Roman Church.
The true Church must have a holy founder. Therefore, when it can be proved that the founder of a religion was not a model of perfection, but rather the opposite, it can be said that such a religion lacks the mark of holiness. This proof is easier than one might think for Luther and his church. Anyone who reads Luther’s writings will find in them not only many passages that denote an exalted self-love and a hateful character, but also a man subject to shameful passions. Luther constantly uses coarse expressions such as “mouth, monster, brute, swine, pig, ass, dung, plague, spit, devour, get drunk”, not to repeat those of which the least educated honest man would blush. It is especially the pope that he seeks to dirty with his slime. His excessive pride and self-love appear in phrases such as: “I am known in heaven, on earth and in the underworld. I have so much authority…. I am a great doctor who is worth more than the pope, the bishops and the monks.” Luther, by saying that he cannot recite the “Pater” without swearing, meant that by reciting the “Pater” he became so angry at the Pope and the Catholic Church that he felt compelled to curse them. During the peasants’ revolt, Luther advised the princes “to thrash the villains, strangle them and slaughter them, for a prince could now much better win heaven by shedding blood than by praying.”
A single similar fact in the life of a Saint proposed for canonization, would be enough to prevent beatification. And Luther would be a “man of God” and a reformer! Many writers, among them Dôllinger, are of the opinion that Luther was drunk when he wrote. There are even Protestants who blame Luther for his trivialities and say that his works seem to be the work of a pig keeper rather than of such a famous pastor of souls. (See Dr. Germanus: Reformationsbilder. Herder.) So Wicel rightly wrote in 1531 to a disciple of Luther’s named Balthasar Raid: “Such anger, such thirst for vengeance, such brutality, such a mania for slander, such recklessness, such debauchery…. are not to be found even in the false prophets and heretics. You know this yourself.” And the learned Erasmus writes: “The simplest common sense tells you that a man who has produced such a revolution, who takes pleasure in insults and slanders, without ever being able to satiate himself with them, cannot be an envoy of God. This arrogance, the greatest that ever was, cannot be free from folly, and this unbridled frivolity is not compatible with the apostolic spirit.”
Luther’s character proves that the mark of “holiness” is lacking in the Protestant Church he founded.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.