The Hidden Life|
Our Lord and Savior set the example so clearly throughout His 30 years of private life right up to His first miracle at Cana and during His three years of public life, the latter duly recorded in Holy Writ. And yet modern man has chosen to discard what was revealed of His Hidden Life in order to try to hide from Him man's wanton ways. Has modern man not learned that one can never hide from the Almighty?
Father James F. Wathen
"All is delusion and evasion. The modern Church is doctrinally depleted. Christ the living Word is unknown, and His words and warnings are treated as empty verbiage. Millions, who call themselves Catholics, have no faith, never go to church, have not the slightest concern for their souls, and are in reality nothing but the low-life, confused pagans. The only blasphemy recognized in the modern Church is the simple sentence, "The Catholic Church was completely subverted by the Second Vatican Council." The Pope and his purblind clergy will plunge into Hell denying this inescapable truth and their part in realizing its agenda."
Father James Wathen
The most holy Name of the Lord Jesus means Savior. So He always wants us regard Him, and to rely upon Him as our only Deliverer. He is Savior in His infinite Person, the only-begotten of the Father sent to save the fallen world.
The whole great work of creation had the purpose of our salvation. God foreknew of Adam's fall and He ordained the Incarnation as its glorious antidote. In the Incarnation, all the infinite attributes of God appear in human form, infinite goodness, power, knowledge, wisdom, and capitulated in the all-consuming, sweet love of the Sacred Heart. Thus, in Christ, the God Man, the universal King, the supreme High Priest, Incarnate Truth, the spotless Victim, the boundless love of God is translated into an insatiable love of man, and the ravishing thirst for his salvation.
Jesus is consumed with the zeal for every man's soul, not only in order to save him from the terrible fires of Hell, but much more positively and importantly, because He desires to take each of us to Himself in the everlasting embrace of heavenly beatitude. Alas, what a terrible blasphemy it is that atheists and those of their ilk, with their ant's view of reality, reject God because they do not trust Him, when He yearns to bless them beyond measure!
The Lord Jesus received His Name eight days after His birth, but He was the Savior at the moment of His Incarnation, already the Victim of God's love for us. And His life was always that of our Savior. During the time we refer to as the Hidden Life, that is, until His thirtieth year and the wedding feast of Cana, He was already in the midst of His salvific mission, for His entire Being was ordered by the unquenchable desire to save us despite ourselves.
Whereas men are so spendthrift with all their gifts, and indeed with their whole selves, which for the gratifications and lethargy of this brief life, they bargain away to Satan, the God of Heaven in Jesus Christ expends Himself to the ultimate degree in order to catch them in their fall. Through the Scriptures, and from His Own mouth, and by His whole life, our Blessed Lord exposed the great enterprise, the divine passion, the divine pity, the divine power, but most men, by far that vast majority of them, turn away, and squander all for fleeting pleasures and disappointed cravings.
The arrangement of the Holy Family was such that only God could conceive and only God would actually establish. He is the Son of God, true God of true God, Who became the Child of Mary, the purest Virgin, and the virginal, pious Joseph. He accepts the role of one in total submission to His creatures, and while being subject to them, He unveils to them the exalted perfection of Godly virtue. More, He lives with them, not simply as a pious son, but as a penitent sinner, as One Who deserves hardship, humiliation, manual labor, and seclusion, as One being prepared for immolation. As a Child and a Man, He lives in complete subservience both to the Will of His heavenly Father, and His earthly parents, who are guided by the Holy Ghost in all their ways.
Throughout His earthly life, the Lord Jesus denies Himself all things, seeks no pleasure, no earthly comfort, no human gratification, no temporary relief. Instead, His Soul is affixed to His Father's Will, and He is a Saint of adoration and strictest asceticism, the Model of all men, the most beautiful among the sons of men. He was not only submissive in His public life, and in His passion and death, but throughout all the moments and months and years of His earthly passage, obedient to His Father, to His earthly parents, to all the ancient prophecies--and to His zeal to suffer all things for souls. "I have a baptism wherewith I am to be baptized. And how am I straitened until it be accomplished" (Luke 12:50). As total as His self-giving within the Godhead was it in His earthly life.
During the few days in which we are invited to contemplate the Hidden Life, let it be remembered that in Jesus, God reveals the measureless value with which He regards us, for our loving Master fills His life with sacrifices for us and prayers with unutterable groanings for our conversion to His grace and His healing power. The physical revelation of the infinite power of God is seen in the span of Christ's historical life and death. But nothing ended with the Lord's Ascension and accession to glory. The same divine love rages in the Heart of Christ, and extends to Sacraments, most especially the most Blessed Eucharist.
The grace which flows to us through the Sacred Humanity and from the Church, His Mystical Body, is meant to be the power to transform us into something deserving of heavenly reward. Throughout the Christmas Octave, the sacred Liturgy repeats again and again the words of the Apostle, that Christ "gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity and might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works" (Titus 2:14). Each of us must accept the hard and holy truth that this transformation must take place. The proud error of men is that they have a right to salvation, that God owes it to them; because He put them here, they are His responsibility. They volubly speak of His love of and His mercy toward them, but they recall nothing of their duty toward Him, or indeed, toward themselves. Regardless, He will not have unprofitable servants (Cf. Matthew 25:30).; He has a furious contempt for all who speak as if His love is unconditional and undemanding, when nothing is more obvious in His teaching than that each of us must become perfect, sanctified, semi-divine, wholly virtuous, a poor but true copy of His all-hallowed Self. Such talk is strange to contemporary Catholics, who, like Evangelical Protestants, consider that all their bills have been paid.
What is said here has been said on other occasions, but cannot be repeated too often, especially since the Modernist teaching in the Church is that Hell is nothing to fear, God loves us all, and our most pressing problems are those that pertain to getting along equably in this world. The modern Church is neither the Church Militant nor the Church Saving, but the Church Counseling and Consoling, Soothing and Petting. Its sympathy is all-enveloping, for it exacts nothing. The Commandments are dispensable, penance is unknown, virtue is unnecessary, suffering is to be avoided at all costs, the will of God is always to our liking; His love is our just due, and holy fear is an uncomputable concept. Worse, in this Church, it is the "ministry" of the best to serve the worst, to spend themselves not on their own souls, but on the earthly wants and whimperings and whinings of the worthless, to serve them in their indolence and unresponsiveness The highest virtue is endless effort for the perpetually wasteful and dependent.
Due to these facts, the moral condition of the Catholic "faithful" is shocking. They are all in the state of mortal sin, and, except for a conversion here and there, they shall all go to Hell. They shall simply be swept away, as at the time of the Deluge (Cf. Genesis 7). There is no one who can tell them anything; they have learned to live with their disease. Their consciences are dead, they wreak of pride and complacency, their prayers are platitudes.
Though it is sorrowful to speak so bluntly, the modern Church is a cesspool, whose stench assaults sweet aromas of Heaven. Beneath its veneer of civility and "caring," is rancid decay and proud wickedness. Nothing is as it is supposed to be, and there is no honesty or truthfulness or fortitude to be found anywhere. The modern Church cannot even pronounce the words, "Sodomites may not be priests," for it is overrun with them. A huge portion of its marriages are invalid and impure, because the bishops have permitted, nay, encouraged, their charges to take second wives and husbands. Fornication and concubinage before marriage are so common that no one in authority, including the Pope, dares to deal with it. Contraception and abortion are commonplace in once famously Catholic countries like Ireland and Italy, neither of which ecclesiastics wish to mention. Modesty on the part of men, women, boys and girls is unknown. Their conversation is just as filthy as anyone's. Ho! Ho! Funny, funny joke! Once Catholic institutions of learning are now protected forums for every vapid and heretical idea, scandalous entertainment, and bitter hatred of the true Church and all its traditions. Not a few of these places are on the dole of the Jews. Their confessions are mostly worthless, because few know the moral law, nor sorrow of heart. And, probably, most of the confessors have no power to forgive.
All is delusion and evasion. The modern Church is doctrinally depleted. Christ the living Word is unknown, and His words and warnings are treated as empty verbiage. Millions, who call themselves Catholics, have no faith, never go to church, have not the slightest concern for their souls, and are in reality nothing but the low-life, confused pagans. The only blasphemy recognized in the modern Church is the simple sentence, "The Catholic Church was completely subverted by the Second Vatican Council." The Pope and his purblind clergy will plunge into Hell denying this inescapable truth and their part in realizing its agenda.
And how are all these sorrows related to the Hidden Life of our blessed Redeemer? Whereas He, the most beloved Son of the eternal Father, demeaned Himself in obscurity, poverty, obedience, and rigorous asceticism, the Council had as its goal to destroy the humility of the faithful. It achieved this by the accursed cult of humanism, which made them baby gods. Having lost humility, and learned self-importance, they now overrate themselves with God, and are stricken blind. In their blindness, they say, "We see!", and their sin remains (Cf. John 9:41). They are impervious to Mary's tears, our entreaties, or their own onrushing doom. In His humility, our sweetest Savior teaches us the requisite and the Godliness of supernatural perfection. Humility begets holy fear, fear begets wisdom, wisdom begets faith, faith begets all virtues, including charity. Charity begets penitence, resignation, temperance, peace, and joy.
I feel myself at a total loss to remunerate the many kindnesses I have received from true Catholics, known and unknown, many the dearest and most faithful of friends. Being quite human, I thrive on all the words of encouragement and confidence I receive. I am also truly grateful that many send me money for my support. Please pardon me for not acknowledging these gifts properly. In union with and by the power of our sovereign Priest and Savior, I send my priestly blessing.
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