Come, Lord Jesus!
If we are truly vigilant we need not worry about events of the world for Christ is the Lord of history, and His word is Truth. That is the hope we can contemplate on this Advent in a sea of despairing headlines that indicate only too well that the church of Vatican II has sold out.
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, Father illustrates the difference between dialogue for truth and dialogue for consensus. He laments that it is the latter to which the Vatican II church has turned to over the past 40 years and the results have been catastrophic. If we look to the world for answers the questions, rationalization and excuses will overwhelm us in relativistic rot; if we look to Christ, our Savior, our All, for answers we will find them with all the clarity of the Truth of a fresh flowing spring that forever nourishes and sustains us in the oasis of Truth. The choice is ours: an oasis of Truth or a desert littered in despair. . Father tells us to focus on the holy Prize that keeps on giving per omnia saeculorum.
One week ago, on the Last Sunday after Pentecost, we found ourselves as witnesses in spirit to the Second Coming of Christ as Judge of the living and the dead at the end of time. Today, the First Sunday of Advent, we find ourselves looking at His coming from a different perspective. We are seeing ourselves at the dawn of history with those who were waiting in darkness and in the shadow of death, yet looking forward in hope to the coming of the promised Redeemer.
Father Louis J. Campbell
Advent tells us that the Church understands true history. The world began through God's creative act recorded in the Book of Genesis, "God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light" (Gn.1:3). God made man to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him, and to gain eternal happiness with Him through obedience and observance of His commandments and decrees. Mankind moves through history through various hesitations, stops, backward steps and circuitous paths, but history will end when Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, returns on the clouds of Heaven to render to every man according to his works. Jesus Christ is the Lord of history, and His word is truth.
The world, however, ignoring the word of God, has its own ideas about history. The philosopher Hegel theorized that history moves forward through his famous Hegelian dialectic, the process of "thesis, antithesis, and synthesis." For example, my ideas change when I meet someone with whom I disagree, if through dialogue we come to a consensus. Together we may meet a third person who disagrees with us, but again through dialogue we may reach another and richer consensus. If this "dialogue for consensus" becomes the important thing in life, truth becomes less important, and is finally sacrificed for the sake of the consensus. This is how the faith of our children is being ruined. Relationships have become the most important thing in life. And truth? What is truth? Their ability to think like rational human beings has been destroyed. The whole educational system has been permeated with Hegel's false philosophy for decades, and this includes Catholic educational institutions and seminaries.
Karl Marx used Hegel's theories to formulate his philosophy of dialectical materialism, which inspired the Communist Revolution in Russia and throughout various nations. This is what Our Lady warned us about at Fatima, the fact that Russia would spread her errors throughout the world unless the Holy Father consecrated that country to her Immaculate Heart. Heaven's instructions were ignored, and we suffer the consequences.
We note that according to the Hegelian dialectic, dialogue is for consensus. This should send cold chills down our spine when we think about the 1962 Vatican-Moscow Agreement, or the Metz Pact, in which Vatican and Russian Orthodox representatives reached the consensus that at Vatican II there would be no condemnation of Communism (The Devil's Final Battle, Fr. Paul Kramer, p.51). In fact, it would not even be mentioned in the council documents, to the distress of hundreds of bishops who had signed a petition asking for its condemnation as an enemy of the Church. The petition mysteriously disappeared.
The process of dialogue would be officially recognized and adopted at Vatican II. But it has proved to be "dialogue for consensus," and is no longer the word of God at work, but the Hegelian dialectic. It is the ruination of the faith. The "church of Vatican II" has fallen under the spell of the Red Dragon, and is no longer teaching the truth. Dialogue is the style, the very life of the new church. John Paul II declared on the World Day of Peace in 2001 (Ibid., p.70):
"Dialogue leads to a recognition of diversity and opens the mind to the mutual acceptance and genuine collaboration demanded by the human family's basic vocation to unity. As such, dialogue is a privileged means for building the civilization of love and peace… The different religions too can and ought to contribute decisively to this process."
This statement fails to acknowledge the essential role of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in building any kind of stable human society. Building a "civilization of love" through a dialogue of consensus among the world religions has become more important than teaching the truth about Jesus Christ. And look at what has happened through the decades long dialogue with the Jews - the Vatican now teaches that there are two valid covenants, the Jewish and the Christian.
These things are not said in order to find fault or to condemn, but out of a sense of sadness and of great loss. The Church, Our Mother, is oppressed and beaten until she is no longer recognizable, and must perform her traditional sacred rites wherever she can find shelter. She still teaches the eternal and unchangeable truths revealed through Jesus Christ and handed down to us from the Apostles. She mourns and prays for those who have lost their way. She awaits her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and prepares diligently for His coming during this season of Advent, pondering, like Mary, the messages of the prophets. She will never be defeated.
The Holy Church is comforted during Advent by the words of the Prophet Baruch, who promises the return of her lost children and her vindication upon the Lord's return:
"Put off, O Jerusalem, the garment of thy mourning and affliction: and put on the beauty and honor of that everlasting glory which thou hast from God. God will clothe thee with the double garment of justice and will set a crown on thy head of everlasting honor. For God will show his brightness in thee to every one under heaven. For thy name shall be named to thee by God for ever: the peace of justice and honor of piety. Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about towards the east, and behold thy children gathered together from the rising to the setting of the sun, by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance of God. For they went out from thee on foot, led by the enemies: but the Lord will bring them to thee, exalted with honor as children of the kingdom" (Bar.5:1-6).
First Sunday of Advent
December 1-7, 2002
vol 13, no. 145
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons