The Glories of the Bold
The headlines shout heresy and blasphemy everyday, but we take hope that Christ and His Blessed Mother, through God's Providence, will crush the heretics and bring them all into the True Fold. It is a cause worth fighting for. A good start begins this Ash Wednesday. No wonder the Modernists are nervous, very nervous and casting bad seed to the four winds hoping against hope that something will grow. Take heart, it will fall among thorns and wither. Our Lady will triumph. There will be great glory!
"Those Jews who believed in Jesus Christ at His coming, recognized Him as the One in whom the Old Covenant was fulfilled, whereas those who did not believe, broke their covenant with God. There is only one valid Covenant, the one sealed in the Blood of Jesus Christ and announced by Him at the Last Supper. They have no love or respect for the Jews who pretend that their covenant with God is still in effect, and that they need not believe in Jesus Christ. The new doctrine of the Two Covenants is a heresy of the new church of Vatican II."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Sexagesima Sunday, he laments how the church of modern times has basically sold out the Faith to please man, especially in the heresies that other churches are to be recognized as 'equal' to the Catholic Church and that the Jews' wait for the Messiah was not in vain. This now is being magnified as the Vatican is faced with a decision, one they are manifestly afraid of: Stand up for what the Gospel says or stand by their compromise with the Jews and other agents of Mammon which contradicts the Scriptures. The U.S. Bishops have seemingly opted for the latter by distributing a warning about Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' while letting every other heresy and abuse go unnoticed. It is no coincidence that Mel chose Mary of Agreda's writings to amplify the Gospel for it was this venerable woman, so ignored by the modern saint-maker, who has foretold that Our Lady will conquer and end all heresy. It is the last hurrah, thank God! Thus, while all looks hopeless, there is great hope on the horizon, just as God has promised and the famous Hilaire Belloc encouraged. Such are the "glories of the bold." [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
"The sower went out to sow his seed," Jesus says in today's Gospel (Lk.8:5). And He explains to His disciples that the seed is the word of God, which must take root in men's hearts through faith. St. Paul comments: "For with the heart a man believes unto justice, and with the mouth profession of faith is made unto salvation" (Rom. 10:10). He continues: "But how are they to believe him whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear, if no one preaches? And how are men to preach unless they be sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace; of those who bring glad tidings of good things!'… Faith then depends on hearing, and hearing on the word of Christ" (Rom.10:14-15;17).
Father Louis J. Campbell
Jesus Himself commanded His Apostles: "Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned" (Mk.16:16). The Church is sent to preach the Gospel. She teaches in obedience to the command of Christ, and by His authority: "He who hears you, hears Me; and he who rejects you, rejects Me; and he who rejects Me, rejects Him Who sent Me" (Lk.10:16).
For close to two millennia the Church, desiring that all men be saved, took Christ at His word, sending forth missionaries, preaching the Gospel of salvation, demanding faith of her hearers, and baptizing those who believed. That is, until Vatican II.
Vatican II committed the Church to a new openness towards the world, which led to the abandonment of her mission to preach the Gospel and a new "respect" for the world and the so-called World Religions, in particular, Judaism. At a recent meeting of the American Jewish Committee with John Paul II at the Vatican, the committee president, Harold Tanner, remarked to John Paul II that he "profoundly" appreciated "your manifold statements on the unique relationship between our two faiths and your description of the Jewish people as the Church's dearly beloved elder of the unbroken and eternal Covenant" (Feb. 5, 2004, Zenit.org).
This manifests a radical departure from traditional Church teaching. The Church has always prayed for the Jews and sought their conversion, that they might believe in Jesus Christ and be saved, since those who reject Christ reject also the Father Who sent Him (Lk.10:16). Those Jews who believed in Jesus Christ at His coming, recognized Him as the One in whom the Old Covenant was fulfilled, whereas those who did not believe, broke their covenant with God. There is only one valid Covenant, the one sealed in the Blood of Jesus Christ and announced by Him at the Last Supper. They have no love or respect for the Jews who pretend that their covenant with God is still in effect, and that they need not believe in Jesus Christ. The new doctrine of the Two Covenants is a heresy of the new church of Vatican II.
At Vatican II the heretical Protestant sects were dignified with the title, "the churches". Since that time the Catholic Church has become, not just another "church" among the "churches", but even another "faith" among the "faiths"-the various world religions-which are judged as "authentic" and treated as equals of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. The Catholic mind has been changed. The tendency towards this way of thinking was already deplored by the English Catholic poet and historian, Hilaire Belloc, who died in 1953:
"The fiction that the Catholic Church is a sect," he wrote, "like any of the various bodies around it in nations of Protestant culture, that She is a sect, like the Mormons, or the Baptists, or the Quakers, is nourished by a score of conventions; by that false phrase 'the Churches'; by the offensive adjunct, 'Roman' - as though the Faith were but one fashion in a hundred Catholicisms, or as if Catholicism were a thing split into numerous factions… Yet the falsehood is so firmly fixed and so long established here that it has recently begun to affect the Catholic body itself. The position is half accepted by them, though in their hearts they know it is a lie. For the line of cleavage does not fall between the various groups, Catholic, Agnostic, Evangelical, or what not, but between the Catholic Church and all else. She is unique, and at issue with the world" (The Point, August, 1958).
The official "church" having opted out of preaching the Gospel, it is now left to the ordinary Catholic. Consider the new movie, "The Passion of The Christ," about to be released on Ash Wednesday. It was the dream of one man who spared nothing, including "blood, sweat and tears," to make that dream come true. And now we hear that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, no doubt bowing to the pressure from the A.D.L., is going to publish a document to coincide with the release of the movie, just so we don't get any wrong ideas about the Gospels actually telling it like it was.
But we are not left to struggle alone. The holy nun, Mary of Agreda, who died in 1665, speaks of the power of the Blessed Virgin Mary over all heresies in the last times:
"It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of God all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother. In the last times the Lord will especially spread the renown of His Mother. Mary began salvation, and by her intercession it will be concluded. Before the Second Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic Faith. The powers of Mary in the last times over the demons will be very conspicuous. Mary will extend the reign of Christ over the heathens and Mohammedans and it will be a time of great joy when Mary, as Mistress and Queen of Hearts, is enthroned."
Borrowing the words of that other great defender of the faith, Hilaire Belloc, we call upon Mary, our Queen and Mother:
Help of the half-defeated, House of Gold,
Shrine of the Sword, and Tower of Ivory;
Splendor apart, supreme and aureoled,
The Battler's vision and the world's reply.
You shall restore me, O my last Ally,
To vengeance and the glories of the bold.
This is the faith that I have held and hold,
And this is that in which I mean to die.
For the Proper of Today's Holy Mass - Missa "Exsurge, quare obdormis", see Sexagesima Sunday
February 15, 2004
vol 15, no. 46
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons