The Key to Heaven |
Prior to Vatican II, Catholics had little problem understanding and living their Faith because every Roman Pontiff and the Apostolic successors preserved and kept the evangelic constituted traditions unchanged; the Sacred Deposit of the Faith intact. Then came the revolution. The combination and locks were changed and everyone given a key. Having been misled, those not members of the Church Militant do not realize that there is only one sure Key to Heaven; only one Gatekeeper Who is the Truth, the Way and the Life.
"The questions have a simple answer, because God Himself has not left us in the dark but, taking the initiative, has revealed Himself to us. Some, ignoring God's revelation of Himself, have created 'gods' for themselves and fashioned their own religion. But it is the God of Revelation, the one true God, Who must be heard and obeyed."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Laetare Sunday - the Fourth Sunday of Lent, he shows how simple the source of salvation is and how complicated and confounded the modernists have made it. What the True Church has always taught is based on Divine Revelation, whereas what the conciliar church has taught over the past 40 years is based on 'opinions' as Father indicates in his words 'according to' John Paul II. Indirectly Father asks when did John Paul II become above Christ or His Apostles? Yet time after time doctrine and dogma are skewered in order to accommodate the 'opinions' of the conciliar popes, further eroding the One True Faith, so much so that the reason it is no longer recognizable as Catholic is because the Vatican II virus has fully taken hold. By its fruits, or lack thereof, we recognize the New Order church cannot be the true Faith, but a parallel church, a different religion that eschews the infrangible truths of Divine Revelation and the inspired wisdom of past reliable pontiffs, saints, fathers and doctors of the Church in favor of placating man and bringing a humanistic unity to the world. Father documents through scripture their grave error and shows how the simplicity of the faith taught in the pre-conciliar catechism had it right and so simple and why, simply stated, recognition of the Blessed Trinity and the True Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist is only possible in the Church He founded as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Since no others meet those criteria, there can be no other key to Heaven. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
The secret of true joy, of lasting happiness, indeed, the Key to Heaven, is to fulfill our destiny, which is "to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next." This we learned in one of our first catechism lessons. But questions arise: Who is God? And how do I get to know Him?
The questions have a simple answer, because God Himself has not left us in the dark but, taking the initiative, has revealed Himself to us. Some, ignoring God's revelation of Himself, have created "gods" for themselves and fashioned their own religion. But it is the God of Revelation, the one true God, Who must be heard and obeyed.
"God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all in these days has spoken to us by His Son," says St. Paul (Hebrews 1:1,2).
"Therefore ought we the more earnestly to observe the things that we have heard, lest perhaps we drift away. For if the word spoken by angels proved to be valid, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Hebrews 2:1).
To know God, then, we must hear the Son, since "No one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and him to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him" (Matthew 11:27). It is clearly the work of the Son, Jesus Christ, to reveal the Father to us: "He who sees Me sees also the Father" (John 14:9). But to "see" Jesus means to look at Him with the eyes of faith. Without faith He is just another man, even an imposter in the eyes of some. Those who do not want to "see" Jesus with the eyes of faith are unable to know the Father, "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus…" (1 Timothy 2:5).
Today, however, it is generally taught in the Conciliar Church that Muslims, Jews and Christians all worship the same God. The Jewish Covenant, according to John Paul II, has never been revoked. As a result, the new policy of the Conciliar Church is that the Gospel will no longer be preached to the Jews. How then will they find the one Mediator?
A recent meeting of nearly 100 Jewish and Catholic leaders convened in New York by the World Jewish Congress was addressed by Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice: "The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - like the God of Jesus Christ - is the living God who maintains close and salvific relations with his people" (thejewishweek.com, March 4, 2005). The report said the Cardinal "used new and explicit language as he expressed the sentiments of the pope, who has said that Jews and Catholics are brothers who share a covenant with God."
The meeting, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II Document, Nostra Aetate, said to have revolutionized Catholic thinking towards the Jews, was also attended by Cardinals Claudio Hummes and Walter Kasper. One of the Jewish speakers recalled the prayer of John Paul II at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in the year 2000, during which he committed Catholics to "genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant (the Jews)."
But Who is "the living God who maintains close and salvific relations with his people"? Although they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and only Mediator, Scola with these words assures the Jews of salvation, since they worship "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob". In fact, the Jewish Talmud teaches that Jesus Christ is a liar and an imposter who is now in Hell, and Christians are idolaters because they worship Him as God. The doctrine of the Blessed Trinity is denied, as it is also by the Muslims. And since they do not know the Son, it is impossible for them to know the Father. How will they be saved if even the official "Church" has abandoned truth for the sake of a fictitious brotherhood with the Jews?
This pernicious error is related to another disastrous heresy of the Conciliar Church - that all men are in the grace of Christ and have the Holy Spirit, even though they do not know Jesus Christ. Why then burden the Jews by telling them they must accept Jesus as the Messiah, if, whether they know it or not, whether they want it or not, they are on their way to the "Common Homeland," clothed in the grace of Jesus Christ?
In the Epistle today St. Paul teaches the true Catholic doctrine as he contrasts Sinai and the Church of the New Covenant: "For these are the two covenants: one indeed from Mount Sinai bringing forth children unto bondage… For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which corresponds to the present Jerusalem, and is in slavery with her children. But that Jerusalem which is above is free, which is our mother… But what does the Scripture say? 'Cast out the slave-girl and her son, for the son of the slave-girl shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.' Therefore, brethren, we are not children of a slave-girl, but of the free woman - in virtue of the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free" (Galatians 4:24-26,30,31).
"Christ has made us free." To know Jesus Christ is the Key to Heaven. To reject Him is to lose Heaven. The first requirement of the Gospel is to believe in Jesus Christ. The second requirement is to obey Him, which means to be baptized, and to live as a faithful member of His Holy Catholic Church.
God has made it easy for us by sending His divine Son to be one of us, so that we could know Him, love Him, and serve Him - our Emmanuel, God with us. And Jesus has made it still easier for us by giving Himself to us in the form of bread, so that we can receive Him, our God, into our very bodies, as He forecasts in the Gospel today: "Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, distributed them to those reclining" (John 6:11). Later, as recorded in the same chapter six of St. John's Gospel, He would say:
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst… Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has life everlasting and I will raise him up on the last day" (John 6:35;54,55).
Father Louis J. Campbell