February 20, 2005
Second Sunday in Lent
vol. 16, no. 51

"The will of God - your sanctification"
1 Thessalonians 4: 3


How we are 'oriented' in our faith goes a long way in how serious we are about striving to be holy

    "The time has come for us to be 'reoriented!' This means conversion from the world to Jesus Christ. Turn once again to the Son of God, Whose countenance shone like the sun on the holy mountain, and Whose garments became white as snow - the Messiah to whom the Law and the Prophets, represented by Moses and Elias, give witness. Turn to Jesus Christ, our "Orient from on High," to Whom the Fathers of the Church and the Saints and faithful of every age give their testimony as well, to this very day."

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, he shows the contradiction of what the modern Vatican institution promotes to what the Apostle Paul preached to the Thessalonians in today's Epistle. Modern Rome seeks favor from the world, Eternal Rome seeks God's favor. One is consequently disoriented, while the other - though dwarfed by the conciliarist church - keeps us oriented on the Goal - striving for sanctification so that when each stands before the Eternal Judge at each's Particular Judgment, each will hope to hear those same words from the Father which we read in today's Gospel "I am well pleased." That is only possible if one toes the mark by abstaining from fornication and all other sins that destroy the foundation of grace as Paul emphasizes in today's Epistle. Father points out that what is going on in Modern Rome is the very thing Sister Lucia dos Santos recognized as "diabolical disorientation." One wonders with her now gone, how the modernists will explain that. They've already ordered her cloistered cell sealed. It sounds like they have something to hide. But one cannot hide from God for He knows the heart and though many have become disoriented, only the Traditional rite and rubrics focus fully on striving toward holiness and, in so doing, adhering to the will of God. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

    When God created the world He found it good. "God so loved the world…" (John 3:16), but it was alienated from Him by the sin of Adam and Eve. In due time "the earth was corrupt in the sight of God" (Genesis 6: 11). To this day it takes its direction from the devil, the "prince of this world," as Our Lord Himself called him. We, however, must not count on worldly success measured in terms of wealth, power, and fame, except as means to attain our true end, which is Heaven. Our Lord would say:

    "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither rust nor moth consumes, nor thieves break in and steal. For where thy treasure is, there also will thy heart be" (Matthew 6:19-21).

    The Church has always taken the words of her Lord very seriously, conscious of her true destiny, which is to be the Bride of Christ in the Heavenly Kingdom not of this world. The world on the other hand, has always persecuted the true Church, according to our Lord's prophetic words: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (John 15:18,19). The Church, in the words of St. Augustine, "like a pilgrim in a foreign land, presses forward amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God."

    A dramatic change in the Church's attitude towards the world began with the Conciliar Era, when what the recently deceased Sr. Lucia of Fatima called a "diabolical disorientation" swept over the Church.

    "I see by your letter," Sr. Lucia wrote to a priest, "that you are preoccupied by the disorientation of our time. It is sad, in fact, that so many persons let themselves be dominated by the diabolical wave that is sweeping the world and that they are blinded to the point of being incapable of seeing error! The principal fault is that they have abandoned prayer, they have in this way become estranged from God, and without God, everything is lacking."

    And to a friend Sr. Lucia wrote: "Let people say the Rosary every day; Our Lady has repeated that in all of Her apparitions, as if to fortify us in these times of diabolical disorientation, in order that we not let ourselves be deceived by false doctrines… Unfortunately, in religious matters the people for the most part are ignorant and allow themselves to be led wherever they are taken."

    The word "disorientation" means confused, or turned from one's intended goal. The Church should be "oriented," which means literally facing the "orient," the East. The Church has always faced "the East" in the sense that it is turned to God in worship and prayer. The altars in Novus Ordo churches, turned around to face the people, are symbolic of that whole disorientation in which the New Church no longer faces God in an attitude of worship and praise, but man. Our altars are "dis-oriented."

    The Freemasons and the Communists were recognized as enemies of the Church by all the modern popes, until John XXIII, declaring that "the Church has no enemies," began to dialogue with "men of good will," meaning virtually everyone, including Communists and Freemasons. His "breath of fresh air" allowed the whirlwinds of change to uproot every doctrine and sacrament, changing them to reflect ecumenical considerations. Freemasons, Protestants, and Jews, have their say, even boasting about it, as in the article by Joseph Roddy appearing in Look Magazine on January 25, 1966, entitled, How the Jews Changed Catholic Thinking.

    "Do not love the world," says St. John, "or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him… And the world with its lust is passing away, but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15,17). St. James says, "Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world becomes an enemy of God" (James 4:4). And St. Paul: "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed in the newness of your mind, that you may discern what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2). The world to which they refer is the unregenerated world which is still under the power of the devil.

    The "New World" of the globalists is the enemy of Christ and His Church. The "New Church" serves the "New World," as is evidenced even recently by the statement of John Paul II approving the rotten fruit of the masonically inspired French Revolution of 1789, which has all but destroyed the faith in France.

    "The principle of secularity," he said, "to which your country is extremely attached, if it is well understood, belongs also to the social doctrine of the Church… It reminds us of the need for a just separation of powers" (Vatican City, Feb. 14, 2005, Zenit.org).

    The time has come for us to be "reoriented!" This means conversion from the world to Jesus Christ. Turn once again to the Son of God, Whose countenance shone like the sun on the holy mountain, and Whose garments became white as snow - the Messiah to whom the Law and the Prophets, represented by Moses and Elias, give witness. Turn to Jesus Christ, our "Orient from on High," to Whom the Fathers of the Church and the Saints and faithful of every age give their testimony as well, to this very day.

    This brings us back to today's Epistle: "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. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification…" (1 Thessalonians 4: 1-3).

    "This is the occupation of our life" says St. Augustine: "by effort and toil, by prayer and supplication, to advance in the grace of God, until we come to that height of perfection where with clean hearts we may behold God."

Father Louis J. Campbell


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