"Qui legit, intelligat" Sunday Sermons (50430qui.htm)


May 30, 2004
PENTECOST SUNDAY
vol 15, no. 148




Testing the Spirits

After 40 years of testing the 'spirit of Vatican II' we can readily see the 'spirit' is not the Holy Spirit for though invited, other spirits managed to suppress the true Holy Ghost Whom Christ had promised He would send. Were the Advocate truly present at Vatican II, there would have been no changes from that which had always been held as infrangible truth and discipline. There would be fruits today where, in reality, there are none now; manifest evidence that the New Order is not of the Catholic Order of Truth and Tradition.

    "Great things were expected as a result of the "reforms" of Vatican II. By now, almost forty years later, the face of the earth should have been renewed by this "new pentecost." But what actually happened? As Paul VI once remarked, the Church is "dismantling itself." Scandals have rocked the Church in America. In the archdiocese of Boston alone, sixty-five parishes are being closed because contributions are dwindling and attendance has dropped off. Similar things are taking place in diocese after diocese, new scandals coming to light almost every day. "

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Father counsels us to hold fast to Tradition as carried out at the First and only Pentecost - the 'birthday' of the Church - for that is the day the Sanctifier imbued in Peter and the rest of the Apostles the courage and the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to fulfill Our Lord's charge in Matthew 28: 19-20, Mark 16: 15-16, and John 21: 15-19. Father compares what has been passed down in the constituted evangelic traditions of the Sacred Deposit of the Faith with the aberration of Vatican II which preached a 'New Pentecost' in which the message was so subtly in direct contrast to what Christ preached. Though it might have sounded inviting at the time to those looking for relaxed discipline and to accommodate their ease of lifestyle that only fed more vices, we can see nearly 40 years later the bitter, barren fruits of this 'spirit' which is manifestly not of the same Advocate Who descended upon the Apostles on this Pentecost Sunday nearly 2000 years ago. Father leans on the Word of God and the inspiring words of St. Augustine for guidance in these times when the Apostle John has warned in his first epistle, chapter 4: 3 "And every spirit that severs Jesus, is not of God, but is of Antichrist." Thus it is so important in keeping the Faith that we hold fast to Tradition and persevere in Testing the Spirits. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

    "Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful!" So the Church has prayed since the Spirit of God first descended upon the Apostles, together with The Blessed Virgin Mary and the other disciples, numbering about one hundred and twenty, who were gathered together in the Upper Room praying for His coming. "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak" (Acts 2:4).

    Many devout Jews were in Jerusalem for the observance of the Jewish Pentecost, which was celebrated fifty days after the Passover. But now there was a New Pentecost to be celebrated, fifty days after the Resurrection of the Lord. The Gospel was preached by the Church for the first time as Peter stood up with the other Apostles and told his hearers: "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For to you is the promise and to your children and to all who are far off, even to all whom the Lord our God calls to Himself" (Acts 2:38,39).

    The infant Church, until then like the newly created Adam before God breathed into him the breath of life, had now received her life principle, her soul. St. Augustine tells us, "What the soul is to the human body the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, the Church. The Holy Spirit is active in the whole Church in the same way that the soul animates all the members of the human body" (St. Augustine, Sermon 267, 4).

    Through the grace of Pentecost the Church is fully equipped to preach the Gospel of Salvation to all the nations, fortified by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, and the words of Holy Scripture. The Holy Spirit, soul of the Church, infuses His abundant gifts and charisms into the hearts of the faithful. He is the courage of the martyrs, the prayer of the saints, the faith of the confessors, the purity of virgins, the righteousness of fathers, the patience of mothers, the innocence of children, the wisdom of pastors and teachers. All that we need we have, through the great Gift of God, the Holy Ghost, as the Church prays constantly: "Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love!"

    But in the mid-twentieth century, a modernist faction claiming to represent the Church came up with ANOTHER "New Pentecost," which they called Vatican II. At the council, they claimed, the Holy Spirit gave a new illumination to the Church, enabling her to look at herself in a new light.

    What does the Church of Vatican II "see" with the aid of this "new illumination" provided by the Holy Spirit at the council? That we can relax! Don't get too excited about preaching the Gospel, since everyone is being saved, all following "different paths" which lead to the "common homeland." And we can relax about sin. Original Sin has been wiped out by the Incarnation of the Son of God, so that we are all conceived in grace. We can also relax about judgment. If there is a Hell it's only for the devil and the fallen angels. God is not judgmental.

    This does not sound like the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of truth, Whom Jesus promised to send us from the Father: "But I speak the truth to you; it is expedient for you that I depart. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He has come He will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of justice, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no more; and of judgment, because the prince of this world has already been judged" (Jn.16:7-11).

    Great things were expected as a result of the "reforms" of Vatican II. By now, almost forty years later, the face of the earth should have been renewed by this "new pentecost." But what actually happened? As Paul VI once remarked, the Church is "dismantling itself." Scandals have rocked the Church in America. In the archdiocese of Boston alone, sixty-five parishes are being closed because contributions are dwindling and attendance has dropped off. Similar things are taking place in diocese after diocese, new scandals coming to light almost every day.

    Europe, where Christ the King once reigned, has lapsed into a "silent apostasy." Islam is the fastest growing religion there, and some speak of the "Islamicization" of Europe. A recent article declares: "A big deal was made of the fact that the first draft of the new European Union Constitution did not include a single mention of God. But most Europeans act as if the Christian God of history no longer exists. Although Europeans say they believe in some type of 'God,' church attendance in most European countries is less than five percent… There is a new 'dark continent' - the land that used to be known as Christian Europe. Today, many of its cathedrals are simply large museum pieces. They are 'artifacts of an ancient religion, and a dead faith'" (Dale Hurd, Is Europe the New 'Dark Continent'?, cbn.com).

    Such is the "New Pentecost" of the Church of Vatican II!

    "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this is the Spirit of God known: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is of God. And every spirit that severs Jesus, is not of God, but is of Antichrist…" (1Jn.4:1-3).

    "Long for Christ, confess Christ, and believe in Christ. The Spirit will be added to the letter, and you will be saved. If you take away the Spirit the letter kills, and then what hope will remain? But the Spirit gives life." (St. Augustine, Sermon 136, 5).

    Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy; Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy; Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy; Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy; Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen. (Prayer of St. Augustine).

Father Louis J. Campbell

For the Sunday Proper for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see "Spiritus Domini"


May 30, 2004
vol 15, no. 148
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons

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