Whilst the support of priests and access to the traditional sacraments are paramount, many now rightly see the need for a more generalised restoration of all aspects of Christian culture. Iria Foundation, then, has as its secondary aim to provide support for and promotion of priests, families and initiatives which have this goal in mind.
Named after that place in Portugal where Our Lady spoke to three little children, the Iria Foundation is there to ensure that families, and especially our children have access to their heritage that they might have the opportunity to grow up in a truly Catholic culture.
And the places that have been desolate for ages shall be built in thee: thou shalt raise up the foundations of generation and generation: and thou shalt be called the repairer of the fences, turning the paths into rest. Isaiah 58:12.
Sacred Scripture and Tradition interpreted by the Magisterium, are essential to Catholic faith and belief. Yet, in this tripartite formulation is it not Tradition that for some time has been undervalued? The Church makes clear that Tradition holds the definitive balance in what constitutes our understanding of Scripture.
“Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it.
At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication and expounds it faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith.”
Dei Verbum 10, para 2, excerpt from CCC 86
Iria Foundation sets as its primary mission, then, to promote the proud tradition of the Catholic Church and foster an ordered community founded on these three pillars, through the support of the significant number of priests who greatly desire to provide such a sacramental life.
By promoting the sacramental life in its traditional form, permeated by God’s laws, we aim to foster greater knowledge and love of God in our homes, parishes and communities.
And then there are the children.
The aims of Iria Foundation are predicated on the need for individuals, families and society as a whole to return to and live Catholicism in its fullness.
Iria Foundation will thus endeavour to promote the full cultural, artistic and historical significance and influence of Catholicism. Liturgy, music, language, art, architecture, publications, catechesis, piety and social teaching, all of these will be in her gambit, in both cities and also in our rural areas.
When once men recognise, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony. Quas Primas
Despite the challenges of the age, the Catholic Church is alive in her doctrine and practice. Let us not fail now to rebuild the great romance that is Catholicism. Let us offer it again, first to the faithful and then to the world, so that Christ our King, may again reign in all human hearts.
With Christ as our King may we achieve eternal salvation through our practice and belief of “that Faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.”
(“Quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est” - Saint Vincent of Leríns).