"Make Straight His Paths" Luke 3: 4
In these closing days of 2004 we can see more and more how the prince of the world is doing everything possible to obliterate any memory of the Prince of Peace, and sadly the conciliar church is aiding and abetting the enemy.
"We must face a terrible reality - mankind is not ready to welcome the King of Kings! There should be panic and holy fear, and a mad rush to get ready for the terrible day of the Lord's coming. Mankind should be sitting in dust and ashes like the people of Nineveh, repenting of their sins and begging God for mercy. Instead there is only indifference, unbelief, in fact disdain, even hatred for the Son of God."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, he reminds us of what Holy Mother Church always taught on the purpose for Advent: Repentance and Penance in order to purify us to welcome the Messias. It is through this Church - the Mystical Bride of Christ - the New Jerusalem - which Christ entrusted His authority and only through Her. For centuries the liturgical calendar reflected the necessary lessons in a one-year cycle that hit on all the points the faithful needed for salvation. Of course, as Father Campbell notes in discerning the thinking of the conciliarists, that was before the enlightenment of this modern age when it is implicitly posited that one religion is as good as the next. Is there any wonder that God will not allow the canonization process of Pope Pius XII to be besmirched by the conciliarist circus when the very advocate, appointed by John Paul II for Papa Pacelli's cause, is spouting heresy? That would be Fr. Peter Gumpel who summises that the thrice-defined dogma Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus is no longer "in vogue." Father Louis has some news for these pompous pharisees; actually it comes from Christ Himself in Luke 13: 3 and there is no ambiguity or time frame involved. It is timeless and absolute: "Unless you repent, you will perish in the same manner." Father explains as he shares the sure words of Dom Prosper Gueranger in his sermon. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
No king or foreign dignitary is entertained at the Whitehouse without elaborate preparations. These days an army of bodyguards and security personnel is required. Another army of protocol experts, newsmen, photographers, entertainers, chauffeurs, cleaners, decorators, chefs, waiters and maids goes into action. Finally, the honorable gentleman or lady is announced by a herald amid fanfare or applause: "The King of Jordan," or "The President of the Philippines," as the case may be.
Father Louis J. Campbell
If this is done for earthly dignitaries, think of what preparations are necessary to entertain the One Who is greater than all - Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In fact, God had prepared a worthy welcome for His Son, providing Him with a Mother like no other, the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, with her holy spouse St. Joseph, and a herald to announce His coming in St. John the Baptist, not clothed in silk and fine linen, it is true, but in the resplendent garment of grace. "Make ready the way of the Lord," thundered the Baptist, "make straight His paths" (Lk.3:4).
The preparation for the coming of our Lord must include repentance and conversion, since all men are sinners. Our Lord was to make this clear later in speaking of the Galileans who had been put to the sword by Pontius Pilate: "Unless you repent, you will all perish in the same manner" (Luke 13: 3). Although we speak of the innocence of childhood, no one is born in innocence, because of Original Sin, but we can speak of baptismal innocence, since Baptism takes away Original Sin. Until the coming of the New Adam, Jesus Christ, and the New Eve, the Blessed Virgin Mary, over whom sin had no power, only Adam and Eve were born in original justice, which they forfeited through the sin of disobedience.
Yet it is taken for granted in the Conciliar Church that Baptism is unnecessary for salvation. Note the words of Father Peter Gumpel in a recent interview published on the Zenit website from Vatican City (Dec. 15, 2004 Zenit.org), about the controversy between the heretic Pelagius and St. Augustine concerning the doctrine of Original Sin:
"In particular, in the struggle between St. Augustine and Pelagius, the latter denied original sin, while Augustine, Doctor of the Church, asserted its existence. In St. Augustine's time, the doctrine existed according to which outside the Church there was no salvation, so the belief was that those who were not baptized, whether adults or newborns, could not enjoy the salvific vision." (emphasis added)
Someone should inform Fr. Gumpel that the doctrine "outside the Church there is no salvation," is taught to this day in the true Catholic Church, and that the necessity of Baptism as a requisite for salvation is absolute, according to the words of Our Lord: "Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3: 5).
Fr. Gumpel seeks to create the impression that these doctrines are passé, no longer taught in these times of ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue. All kinds of heresies emerge as a result of this thinking. If anyone can be saved without Baptism then the Church has been in error for two thousand years, and Our Lord Himself is made out to be a liar, the Church is unreliable as a teacher of truth, one religion is as good as another, or as worthless, and mankind must despair of ever knowing the truth.
The heresies lurking beneath the surface of modern sacramental and liturgical rites eventually assert themselves, as Cardinal Joseph Siri explains (check www.novusordowatch.org for valuable information and rarely seen articles by Cardinal Siri):
"Often heresy exists in an unconscious state, in use and customs received from subjects who practice these usages, but do not understand their origins. This is what is happening in many abuses of every type, presented under the guise of openings and creativity. In said cases, first you create the instinctive conviction and only later do you arrive at the formulation of the heresy. The proof of this is that we have arrived at the new heresy: negating the existence itself of orthodoxy. (Cardinal Joseph Siri, Does Orthodoxy Exist? originally published in RENOVATIO XII, 1977, fasc. 3). (emphasis added)
We must face a terrible reality - mankind is not ready to welcome the King of Kings! There should be panic and holy fear, and a mad rush to get ready for the terrible day of the Lord's coming. Mankind should be sitting in dust and ashes like the people of Nineveh, repenting of their sins and begging God for mercy. Instead there is only indifference, unbelief, in fact disdain, even hatred for the Son of God.
We must rush to His defense, taking to heart these words of Cardinal Siri from the same article quoted above:
"The truth of God requires defense, with your blood if need be!"
Dom Prosper Gueranger provides us with some valuable reflections for the season:
"We have now entered into the week which immediately precedes the birth of the Messias. That long-desired coming might be even tomorrow… So that the Church now counts the hours; she watches day and night, and since December 17 her Offices have assumed an unusual solemnity… Today, she makes a last effort to stir up the devotion of her children. She leads them to the desert; she shows them John the Baptist, upon whose mission she instructed them on the third Sunday. The voice of the austere Precursor resounds through the wilderness, and penetrates even into the cities. It preaches penance, and the obligation men are under of preparing by self-purification for the coming of Christ. Let us retire from the world during these next few days; or if that may not be by reason of our external duties, let us retire into the quiet of our hearts and confess our iniquities, as did those true Israelites, who came, full of compunction and of faith in the Messias, to the Baptist, there to make perfect their preparation for worthily receiving the Redeemer on the day of His appearing to the world" (Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., The Liturgical Year, v. 1, p. 233).