All the King's Horses
No herd of horses will stave off the Four Riders of the Apocalypse if we follow the doomed path the Conciliar church is taking souls. We must say 'No' and ride the steady, narrow path set out by Christ's true Church no matter the obstacles. It is the only assurance of arriving in one piece at the gates of Heaven.
"The world is broken and can't be fixed, but it can be made new. "Behold, I make all things new," says the Lord (Apocalypse 21:5). The old creation must die so that the new may be born. This will happen when we are no longer disobedient, like Adam and Eve, but obedient like Blessed Mary and her Divine Son, Jesus. As we take up our Rosaries in Mary's month of May, let us pray that the church of darkness may flee away, and that the light of Christ and His true Church may shine once more upon a fallen humanity!"
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Third Sunday After Easter, he illustrates how the world is beyond fixing and all the king's horses and all the king's men can't fix it. Humpty Dumpty is doomed. But not Catholics who cling to the sure footing of the tenets of the Church and invoke Blessed Mary through her Rosary. We also have the sure words of past Pontiffs and Saints who warned us to be leery of those serving up easy menus to get by, of pleasing all so all might be saved without adhering to what Christ has demanded. Today's Gospel speaks of Christ's words "A little while, and now you shall not see Me". We know that through the blueprint laid out by His Church we will see Him in eternity. What is sad is how many won't because they have cast their fate with rotten and broken eggs. Father explains in his sermon. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
The world is broken and can't be fixed. Like Humpty Dumpty, the world has had a great fall, and "all the king's horses and all the king's men" can't get our poor world back together again. The world was broken when Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating of the fruit of the tree of good and evil. As a result the earth has been under the sentence of death from the beginning of human history. The human race became, in the words of St. Augustine, a "massa damnata" destined for Hell, unable to live on the supernatural level because of the loss of Sanctifying Grace. The earth, now under the power of Satan, "the prince of this world," began to bring forth thorns and thistles.
But God's mercy was greater than the devil's malice or Adam's disobedience. He would send a Redeemer, His own Divine Son, Jesus Christ, Who would shed His Blood for us and build us an Ark - the Holy Catholic Church - to carry us safely above the polluted waters of this world. Those who would refuse to climb aboard the Ark would be lost, for "outside the Church there is no salvation." In the meantime we must live, as St. Peter says, "among the pagans," as the Church, "like a stranger in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God" (St. Augustine, De civitate Dei, XVIII, 51, 2).
The difference between the pagan point of view and the Christian is the difference between the natural and the supernatural. Modern paganism is pantheistic, seeing nature itself as divine. There is no need of a Redeemer, since human nature is good just as it is. Mother Earth is worshipped and witches dance in the moonlight. The first of May, in fact, is the pagan festival of Beltane, upon which more sinister rituals are performed. But the naturalistic attitude is also found in environmentalism, and in science and technology, by which many believe man will eventually "fix" the world - and, in the Modernist Church. But beneath outward appearances still lurks Satan, disguised as an angel of light, the "god of this world" (2Cor.4:4).
All the king's horses and all the king's men are always at work trying to fix the unfixable. A few examples: Conciliar "popes" travel to New York to tell the UN it is the last hope of the world; with missionary fervor without the Cross, George Bush and Tony Blair charge into Iraq to bring the gift of Western style democracy to the Muslims; still hopeful after these forty years since Vatican II, Cardinal Francis Arinze and John Paul II come up with another watered-down new document called Redemptionis Sacramentum, (Sacrament of Redemption), trying to "fix" the Novus Ordo Mass.
An amazing thing happened on the way to our present predicament. The Modernists who have infiltrated the Vatican pulled a switch and brought us a completely new doctrine, thanks to the Vatican II Revolution, extinguishing the difference between the natural and the supernatural orders. It seems Jesus already "fixed" creation at the moment of His Incarnation. Original Sin has evaporated, and everyone is being saved. After a few mopping-up operations it will be Universal Salvation. The brief "papal" document just published for Mission Sunday, October 24, 2004, entitled "Eucharist and Mission", contains this one revealing sentence:
"Time after time with renewed faith the Church repeats her desire for the final encounter with the One who comes to bring his plan of universal salvation to completion."
Tell a lie often enough and people will begin to believe it. Who is afraid of Hell anymore? If indeed it exists, it is only for the devil and his fallen angels.
Pope St. Pius X said of the Modernists:
"But it is pride which exercises an incomparably greater sway over the soul to blind it and lead it into error, and pride sits in Modernism as in its own house, finding sustenance everywhere in its doctrines and lurking in its every aspect. It is pride which fills Modernists with that self-assurance by which they consider themselves and pose as the rule for all. It is pride which puffs them up with that vainglory which allows them to regard themselves as the sole possessors of knowledge, and makes them say, elated and inflated with presumption, 'We are not as the rest of men,' and which, lest they should seem as other men, leads them to embrace and to devise novelties even of the most absurd kind" (Pope St. Pius X, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, Sept. 8, 1907).
The holy Pope declares in the same encyclical: "The error of Protestantism made the first step on this path; that of Modernism makes the second; atheism makes the next."
Pope Pius XII also warned:
"Whatever new truth the sincere human mind is able to find certainly cannot be opposed to truth already acquired, since God, the highest Truth, has created and guides the human intellect, not that it may daily oppose new truths to rightly established ones, but rather that, having eliminated errors which may have crept in, it may build truth upon truth in the same order and structure that exist in reality, the source of truth. Let no Christian therefore, whether philosopher or theologian, embrace eagerly and lightly whatever novelty happens to be thought up from day to day, but rather let him weigh it with painstaking care and a balanced judgment, lest he lose or corrupt the truth he already has, with grave danger and damage to his faith" (Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis, Aug. 12, 1950).
The true Church teaches, as it has always taught, that we all enter this world bearing the stain of Original Sin. Our human nature is mortally wounded, and nature itself suffers the effects. "For creation was made subject to vanity - not by its own will but by reason of him who made it subject - in hope, because creation itself also will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God. For we know that all creation groans and travails in pain until now" (Rom.8:20-22).
The world is broken and can't be fixed, but it can be made new. "Behold, I make all things new," says the Lord (Apocalypse 21:5). The old creation must die so that the new may be born. This will happen when we are no longer disobedient, like Adam and Eve, but obedient like Blessed Mary and her Divine Son, Jesus. As we take up our Rosaries in Mary's month of May, let us pray that the church of darkness may flee away, and that the light of Christ and His true Church may shine once more upon a fallen humanity! "For God, Who commanded light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts, to give enlightenment concerning the knowledge of the glory of God, shining on the face of Christ Jesus" (2Cor.4:6).
Father Louis J. Campbell
For the Low Sunday Proper for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see "Jubilate Deo"
May 2, 2004
vol 15, no. 123
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons