"Qui legit, intelligat" Sunday Sermons (40307qui.htm)


March 7, 2004
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
vol 15, no. 67




The rhythmic prose of Father's poetry beats as one with the heart of the rhythmic disciplines that strengthen Faith. For Christ is the be-all and end-all of every beating heart, every breath of life.

    "Friday abstinence disappeared
    Lenten penance was abandoned
    Sin was no longer preached
    The straight and narrow path became the broad road leading to destruction."

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, he puts to prose the poem of the Discipline of the Disciple as encouragement for all to stay the course and exercise with the disciplines of penance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this time set aside for spiritual aerobics so that our souls, encased in the protective shell of sanctifying grace may be ever more protected from the ravages of the world, the flesh and the devil. Father shares his sonnet towards sanctity on this Sunday when we hear from the Father the assuring, affirming words recorded in Matthew 17: 5, which should refresh us all the more: "This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him." [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

    Jesus did only what He saw the Father doing (Jn.5:19)
    "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" (Lk.2:49)
    Jesus was a disciple of the Father
    We must be disciples of Jesus:
    "This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him" (Mt.17:5)
    The disciples of Jesus follow Him because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn.14:6)
    But they must accept the discipline of a disciple.

    The Apostles were disciples of Jesus
    We learn the discipline of the disciple through the Church
    As when St. Paul says to us:
    "Even as you have learned from us
    how you ought to walk to please God- as indeed you are walking-
    we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus
    to make even greater progress"
    (1 Thess.4:1-1)

    In the Church there was discipleship
    In the Church there was discipline
    With the Vatican II Revolution the discipline broke down
    The restraint of centuries of Tradition was undone
    Seminaries became frat-houses
    Cassocks were exchanged for jeans and t-shirts
    Nuns appeared in pantsuits and earrings
    Priests threw away their collars and dressed like beggars
    Friars and monks fled their cloisters and headed for bars and movie theaters
    The 1970 seminary class produced the highest percentage of priest predators.

    Friday abstinence disappeared
    Lenten penance was abandoned
    Sin was no longer preached
    The straight and narrow path became the broad road leading to destruction.

    The Holy Sanctuary became the gathering place of clowns
    The people came to church to be entertained
    They threw away their Missals and Rosaries
    They dressed like street people
    They lost their faith

    Catechism became an education in religious indifference
    Children developed nervous disorders
    They became disobedient and headstrong
    Their parents headed for the divorce courts
    The children developed relationships
    Of one kind or another.

    God was ignored by mankind
    Nations struggled for wealth and power
    They developed weapons of mass destruction
    They visited wasting diseases upon their citizens

    Huge storms developed on the sun
    Waves of deadly radiation headed towards earth
    Meteors and comets were seen in the heavens
    Their paths crossed earth's orbit.
    No one paid attention
    They reveled as in the days of Noah
    As the sign of the Son of Man appeared in the sky

    Jesus waits for His straying sheep "When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith upon the earth?" (Lk.18:8) Jesus weeps over the world as He wept over Jerusalem
    Yet Jerusalem and the rest wail but hear Him not.

    His Sacred Heart reaches out to the lost sinners:
    "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest.
    Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me,
    for I am meek and humble of heart;
    and you will find rest for your souls.
    For My yoke is easy, and My burden light"
    (Mt.11: 28-30)

    All is not lost if we learn from Him
    All is not lost if we truly become His disciples
    All is not lost if we accept the discipline of His yoke
    "Who can tell if God will turn and forgive
    And will turn away form his fierce anger;
    And we shall not perish?"
    (Jonas 3:9)

    "Everyone therefore who hears these My words and acts upon them,
    shall be likened to a wise man who built his house on rock.
    And the rain fell, and the floods came,
    and the winds blew and beat against that house,
    but it did not fall, because it was founded on rock"
    (Mt.7:24,25).

Father Louis J. Campbell

For the Proper of Today's Holy Mass - Missa "Reminiscere", see Second Sunday of Lent


March 7, 2004
vol 15, no. 67
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons

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