Now that we are in the midst of the Second full Week of Lent, holy Mother Church would have us reflect, once again, upon the Last Four Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.
Since the conciliar monster has spread the heresy of universal salvation, the Judgment of Almighty God upon mankind, and upon each individual soul at the moment of death, has, for all intents and purposes, been effaced from our consciousness, even our memory.
Every heresy against our Blessed Savior and His Most holy Mother Mary, against all the heavenly hosts, utter profanation against the Most Blessed Trinity that man could utter, exists in our present time. We in the Church Militant are subjected to these heresies at every instance of our mortal existence, and unless we are extremely vigilant through the exercise of our Faith, we shall believe some portion of this lie. It will seep into our minds without our conscious knowledge. As the malevolent cancer it is, this lie will gradually spread, until one day we start rationalizing, justifying, and pronouncing the same humanistic, modernistic drivel that has come from Rome since the death of Pope Pius XII.
In our practice of virtue, holy Mother Church provides for us in the lives of the saints, a man raised up by God in the Middle Ages. Each age of holy Mother Church has shown us God?s providence, by raising up in the midst of His Church saints, each with a particular calling, a particular attribute of Almighty God that, through grace, prayer, penance, mortification of the flesh, and vigilance, they exhibited for the edification of the Faithful, and those outside the bosom of holy Mother Church.
The following is taken from The Liturgical Year, by Abbot Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B., Volume 5, pages 518-524. So vital is this particular saint, that I propose we read, together, the life of the "angel of the judgment," bearing in mind that God's truths are unchangeable.
"To-day, again, it is Catholic Spain that offers one of her sons to the Church, that she may present him to the Christian world as a model and a patron. Vincent Ferrer, or, as he was called, the angel of the judgment, comes to us proclaiming the near approach of the Judge of the living and the dead. During his lifetime, he traversed almost every country of Europe, preaching this terrible truth; and the people of those times went from his sermons striking their breasts, crying out to God to have mercy upon them, in a word, converted. In these our days, the thought of that awful day, when Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds of Heaven to judge mankind, has not the same effect upon Christians. They believe in the last judgment, because it is an article of faith; but, we repeat, the thought produces little impression. After long years of a sinful life, a special grace touches the heart, and we witness a conversion; there are thousands thus converted, but the majority of them continue to lead an easy, comfortable life, seldom thinking on hell, and still less on the judgment wherewith God is to bring time to an end.
It was not thus in the Christian ages; neither is it so now with those whose conversion is solid. Love is stronger in them than fear; and yet the fear of God's judgment is ever living within them, and gives stability to the new life they have begun. Those Christians who have heavy debts towards divine justice, because of the sins of their past lives, and who, notwithstanding, make the time of Lent a season for evincing their cowardice and tepidity, surely such Christians as these must very rarely ask themselves what will become of them on that day, when the sign of the Son of Man shall appear in the heavens, and when Jesus, not as Savior, but as Judge, shall separate the goats from the sheep. One would suppose that they have received a revelation from God, that, on the day of judgment, all will be well with them. Let us be more prudent; let us stand on our guard against the illusions of a proud, self-satisfied indifference; let us secure to ourselves by sincere repentance, the well-founded hope, that on the terrible day, which has made the very saints tremble, we shall hear these words of the divine Judge addressed to us: 'Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! (1) St. Matt. xxv. 34). Vincent Ferrer leaves the peaceful cell of his monastery, that he may go and rouse men to the great truth they had forgotten the day of God's inexorable justice; we have not heard his preachings, but, have we not the Gospel? Have we not the Church, who, at the commencement of this season of penance, preached to us the terrible truth, which St. Vincent took as the subject of his instructions? Let us, therefore, prepare ourselves to appear before Him, who will demand of us a strict account of those graces which He so profusely poured out upon us, and which were purchased by His Blood. Happy they that spend their Lents well, for they may hope for a favourable judgment!
The liturgy gives us, in the Matins of today, the following abridged account of the life of this holy servant of God:
Vincent was born at Valencia, in Spain, of respectable. He showed the gravity of old age, even when quite a child. Considering within himself, as far as his youthful mind knew it, the dangers of this dark world, he received the Habit in the Order of Preachers when he was eighteen years of age. After his solemn profession, he diligently applied himself to sacred studies, and gained, with must applause, the degree of doctor of divinity. Shortly after this, he obtained leave from his superiors to preach the word of God. He exposed the perfidy of the Jews, and refuted the false doctrines of the Saracens, but with so much earnestness and success, that he brought a great number of infidels to the faith of Christ, and converted many thousand Christians from sin to repentance, and from vice to virtue. God had chosen him to teach the way of salvation to all nations, and tribes, and tongues; as also to warn men of the coming of the last and dread day of judgment. He so preached, that he struck terror into the minds of all his hearers, and turned them from earthly affections to the love of God. [Editor's emphasis]
His mode of life, while exercising this office of apostolic preaching, was as follows: he every day sang Mass early in the morning, delivered a sermon to the people, and, unless absolutely obliged to do otherwise, observed a strict fast. He gave holy and prudent advice to all who consulted him. He never ate flesh meat, or wore linen garments. He reconciled contending parties, and restored peace among nations that were at variance. He zealously labored to restore and maintain the union of the seamless garment of the Church, which, at that time, was rent by direful schism. He shone in every virtue. He was simple and humble, and treated his revilers and persecutors with meekness and affection.
Many were the signs and miracles which God wrought through him, in conformation of the holiness of his life and preaching. He very frequently restored the sick to healthy, by placing his hands upon them. He drove out the unclean spirits from the bodies of such as were possessed. He gave hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb, sight to the blind. He cured lepers, and raised the dead to life. At length, worn out by old age and bodily infirmities, after traveling through many countries of Europe, and reaping an abundant harvest of souls, this untiring herald of the Gospel terminated his preaching and life at Vannes, in Brittany, in the year of our Lord 1419. He was canonized by Pope Calixtus III.
How grand must have been thine eloquence, O Vincent, that could rouse men from their lethargy, and give them to feel all the terrors of that awful judgment. Our forefathers heard thy preaching, and returned to God, and were pardoned. We, too, were drowsy of spirit when, at the commencement of this holy season, the Church awakened us to the work of our salvation, by sprinkling our heads with ashes, and pronouncing over us the sentence of our God, whereby we are condemned to die. Yes, we are to die; we are to die soon; and a judgment is to e held upon us, deciding our eternal lot. Then, at the moment fixed in the divine decrees, we shall rise again, in order that we may assist at the solemn and terrible judgment. Our consciences will be laid open, our good and bad actions will be weighed, before the whole of mankind; after which, the sentence already pronounced upon us in our particular judgment will be made public. Sinners as we are, how shall we be able to bear the eye of our Redeemer, who will then be our inexorable Judge? How shall we endure even the gaze of our fellow-creatures, who will then behold every sin we have committed! But above all, which of the two sentences will be ours? Were the Judge to pronounce it at this very moment, would He place us among the blessed of His Father, or among the cursed? On His right, or His left side?
Our fathers were seized with fear when thou, O Vincent, didst put these questions to them. They did penance for their sins, and, after receiving pardon from God, their fears abated, and holy joy filled their souls. Angel of God's judgment! Pray for us, that we may be moved to salutary fear. A few days hence we shall behold our Redeemer ascending the hill of Calvary, with the heavy weight of His cross upon Him; we shall hear Him thus speaking to the daughters of Jerusalem: 'Weep not over Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children: for if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?' (1) St. Luke xxiii. 28, 31). Help us, O Vincent, to profit by these words of warning. Our sins have reduced us to the condition of dry dead branches, that are good for nought but to burn in the fire of divine vengeance; help us, by thy intercession, to be once more united to Him who will give us life. Thy zeal for souls was extreme; take ours under thy care, and procure for them the grace of perfect reconciliation with our offended Judge. Pray, too, for Spain, the country that gave thee life and faith, thy religious profession and thy priesthood. The dangers that are now threatening her require all thy zeal and love; exercise them in her favour, and be her faithful protector."
How tepid is our faith in this time of the Great Apostasy! How few there are whose zeal for the One True Faith and the conversion of all outside the bosom of holy Mother Church, shines as a torch of True Light to all the world.
How our conscience has been dimmed by the continued heresies proffered by Vatican Council II, unto this very moment. Despite what several compromised traditional writers confess concerning the false pope of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, we must not give so much as one iota to those who, pretending to be "catholic" concede the Sacred Deposit of Faith in favor of modernism.
God is Truth, unchanging. He can neither deceive, nor be deceived. We must pray with such fervor, as to storm Heaven with our hearts. Christ's Sacred Heart desires the salvation of all for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood. Despite the advance of heresy, we are obligated by Love, if not by Fear of Hell, to do all that grace permits us to do, to bring about the end of this Great Apostasy, for the conversion and salvation of countless precious souls!
What we must ask ourselves is this: Are we doing all we can and should for the One True Faith? Are we helping or hindering the restoration of holy Mother Church? Are we so comfortable in our particular traditional parish that we have forgotten Christ's charge to His Apostles to go into the whole world and preach the Gospel? The Gospel has not changed. Man has dared to tamper with Christ's Own words, and spin them so as to please the prince of the world - Satan. Never has man needed to return to the piety and sanctity of the Christian world of the Middle Ages, as we who live now.
Yet, we allow a few voices from the traditional movement to disunify our ranks, by confusing that which is quite simple. We are either with Christ and the One True Faith, or we are not. Either we believe with our entire being the infallible Deposit of Faith given to us by Christ, established by His Apostles, and handed down infallibly from authentic successors to St. Peter, or we believe satan's greatest lie since the Garden of Eden.
To be a humble lamb, to have childlike faith, does not mean to be dumb, ignorant, or timid. No canonized saint, or the multitude of heavenly hosts who are unnamed and not canonized, were timid. We are Soldiers of Christ. Is it not time that we started acting as true soldiers armed for battle? We are battling the evil principalities of hell, which once were subjected to the power of Christ's Holy Name. Let them be again!
In this our time, it is our duty to restore all dignity and rights, loyalty and virtue to the practice of the One True Faith, which no power on earth, or under the earth, can sully or destroy. Do we believe this? Are we members of the Church Militant, or do we merely go through each day with sentiment and surface emotions, pretending to virtue that is non-existent?
The dreaded day of Final Judgment will come. When? That is known only to God the Father. However, if we believe that this dreaded day will come, then we had better be about the business of establishing the One True Faith first in our own soul, and then in the souls of all Jew and Gentile alike, especially those who have believed the lie. The very lie which St. Paul warned would be visited upon us in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-11 that "God shall send them the operation of error, to believe a lie. That all may be judged, who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity."
How much clearer can God make it for us. Who in their right mind cannot recognize that this operation of error is the Great Apostasy and that the "window of 'fresh' air" - the infamous aggiornamento was the full blown wind of anathema that blew in and has permeated the entire Church? Who in their right mind cannot recognize this is the lie! Yet even several of those in the traditional movement have been blinded by a few Catholic-like acts or words from a man who is not Catholic, not a true Vicar of Christ and therefore void of any protection of the Holy Ghost. He is, dear readers, governed by another spirit and it is not from above. Fall back on Dom Gueranger's words, rely on the total veracity of the Word of God conveyed through the Apostle to the Gentiles, take a cue from the holy St. Vincent Ferrer.
We had better hasten to the front lines of battle, and be ready to look the enemy in the face rather than give one iota of our precious faith to an infidel. And, in truth, the enemy has many faces, many of them familiar to us. Satan takes many forms, uses many tactics to spread his heresies like tsunamis throughout the world. Anyone who believes, even for a moment, that the present Benedict XVI is a true pope is either totally deceived, or has lied to himself/herself for so many years that the lie has become truth in a swirling mass of confused lies in the mind. Talk about "the operation of error"!
No one can call Benedict XVI a true successor of St. Peter if that person has even a surface knowledge of the One True Faith. Read the lives of the Saints. Do yourself the favor of purchasing Dom Prosper's The Liturgical Year for I can guarantee you it will be the best investment you have ever made. You'll see what is truly Catholic and what is Modernism. Other than prayer, that is my greatest gift I could give you so that never will you be deceived by the lies of hell which come from modern Rome, and which are being bandied about by a few compromised traditionalists as having the mark of infallibility such as the revised "Good Friday Prayer" which has caused so much commotion. Had John XXIII left well enough alone and not changed the constituted evangelic traditions as he swore he wouldn't in his solemn Papal Oath upon his coronation, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. Once he violated it he excommunicated himself as he vowed,
"I will keep without sacrifice to itself the discipline and the rite of the Church. I will put outside the Church whoever dares to go against this oath, may it be somebody else or I.
If I should undertake to act in anything of contrary sense, or should permit that it will be executed, Thou willst not be merciful to me on the dreadful Day of Divine Justice.
Accordingly, without exclusion, We subject to severest excommunication anyone -- be it Ourselves or be it another -- who would dare to undertake anything new in contradiction to this constituted evangelic Tradition and the purity of the orthodox Faith and the Christian religion, or would seek to change anything by his opposing efforts, or would agree with those who undertake such a blasphemous venture."
Yes, we must pray for his soul and the souls of those who have passed on but were part of the operation of error. And pray for Fr. Ratzinger and those who continue the lie to this day. Pray for their conversion and I really think that if they would repent and convert, the Jews and the rest of the world wouldn't be far behind.
Please, dear Jesus, give us the grace not to be so stupid as to believe satan's lies! Give us the grace to be true soldiers in Your army, the Spotless Bride of Christ, Holy Mother Church.
Let us do penance. Let us mortify our senses. Let us pray, offer sacrifice at every opportunity, and let us put aside all fear. One who loves our Blessed Savior and is a member of the One True Faith has no place in life for fear from any created being, seen or unseen. The ONLY fear that should reside within our minds, hearts, and souls, is the fear of the dreaded day of Final Judgment.
Before that day arrives, we shall have our individual judgment to face. Shall we be saved for all eternity? Or, shall we be among the goats, who, falling for the sham of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, shall be condemned because we did not hold fast to the Eternal Truth, which alone is Christ, from Christ, with Christ, and for Christ!
This Lenten Season must make a difference in our spiritual journey. If we let it pass by without any effort, then we shall deserve the words, which shall proclaim our eternal destination: "Depart from Ne."
Oh, what a dreadful judgment that shall be. To be deprived of the vision of God for all eternity, because in this short earthly sojourn we did not labor in His Vineyard, we did not help to support those who do labor in His Vineyard, and we chose, rather, to please man and expose our immortal soul to the snares of His enemy.
Through the prayers and merits of all the saints in Heaven, may our Lenten season progress in virtue and holiness, advancing the cause of the One True Faith throughout the world.