"Our tainted nature's solitary boast"
There is one Woman we must cling to without compromise. That is the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God. Sadly many who follow the worldly doctrines of the Vatican II church are being lured by another woman of Scripture - the Whore of Babylon. We must do all in our power to alert those poor misguided souls of this fatal flaw before they are totally seduced by the despairing reality of evil.
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Double of the First Class Feast of the Immaculate Conception, he extends great hope to the faithful few to hang in there - for in the end Mary's Immaculate Heart will triumph! We have the Almighty's Word on this as Father documents from Sacred Scripture and Our Lady's promise at Fatima. Though we must go through the chastising purification as needs be - just as she cautioned at La Salette and Fatima - so in future generations the fruits of the efforts of the faithful remnant devoted to Jesus, His Blessed, Immaculate Mother, and His Mystical Bride - Holy Mother Church will yield a harvest no human mind can perceive. As finite beings our efforts may not be realized on this fleeting earth, but our legacy of loyalty will be forever remembered and saluted in eternity. That should be enough to motivate every soul to restore the purity of the spotless Bride of Christ.
Today the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary displaces the Second Sunday of Advent according to the Traditional Liturgical Calendar. This is right and just, since Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception is the holy Patroness of the United States of America.
Father Louis J. Campbell
What God revealed to the Blessed Virgin Mary spiritually, without words or concepts, at her Immaculate Conception, is unimaginable. Mary advanced in grace from the moment of her conception through gifts lavishly bestowed upon her by her Creator. Mary herself testifies, "He Who is mighty has done great things for me" (Lk.1:49).
To the worldly mind, which has no understanding of spiritual things, this is nonsense. St. Paul says, "Wisdom… we speak among those who are mature, yet not a wisdom of this world nor of the rulers of this world, who are passing away… But the sensual man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him and he cannot understand, because it is examined spiritually" (1Cor.6,14). Still, one of the great English Romantic poets, William Wordsworth, referred to Mary as "Our tainted nature's solitary boast."
This great feast challenges us to reject sin and strive for holiness, since Mary is the image of the Church, which is to become the holy and spotless Bride of Christ. The Church will be purified through these present trials, which are special graces given to renew the Church in the image of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.
We must strive to live without sin, keeping ourselves "unspotted from this world" (Jas.1:27). The Church's purification is our purification. And the instrument of that purification, without his intending it, is the devil himself. "Woe to the earth," says the Apocalypse, "because the devil has gone down to you in great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time" (Apoc.12:12). His consort on earth is the Great Harlot, the Scarlet Woman of the Apocalypse, of whom it is said: "…the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality" (Apoc.17:2). The harlot, called the great city of Babylon, we may understand as the unbelieving world and the apostate church, which loves the world more than the Lord Jesus Christ. She is the evil counterpart of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the purified Church, the Bride of Christ. We are warned against her by a voice from Heaven: "Go out from her, my people, that you may not share in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached even to heaven, and the Lord has remembered her iniquities" (Apoc.8:4,5).
St. Paul admonishes us to accept our sufferings with courage:
"For you have not yet resisted unto blood in the struggle with sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation that is addressed to you as sons, saying, 'My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord, neither be thou weary when thou art rebuked by Him. For whom the Lord loves, He chastises; and He scourges every son whom He receives'…" (Heb.12:4-6).
We must say to that harlot: "I will not drink of your wine!" As guests at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb we have something far better - the Holy Eucharist. "O Sacrum Convivium in quo Christus sumitur…," says St. Thomas Aquinas, "O Holy Banquet in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is recalled, the mind is filled with grace, and there is given to us a pledge of future glory."
The Lord has given us an incomparable teacher and model of holiness in Mary. Her Immaculate Heart, like a new ark, will carry us above the deluge of impurity Our Lady spoke of at Fatima. Better times lie ahead for the Church through Mary's intercession. The Venerable Mary of Agreda in her Mystical City of God speaks of Mary's power in the last times:
"It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of God, all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother. In the last times the Lord will especially spread the renown of His Mother: Mary began salvation and by Her intercession it will be concluded. Before the Second Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic faith. The powers of Mary in the last times over the demons will be very conspicuous. Mary will extend the Reign of Christ over the heathens and Mohammedans, and it will be a time of great joy when Mary, as Mistress and Queen of Hearts, is enthroned."
How about that! Those who are planning "Gulf War II" and boasting of military might are not to be the victors. The victory over the Muslim world will take place through the awesome spiritual power of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Not for nothing did she choose to appear in the tiny Portuguese village of Fatima in 1917. The present interest of the Muslims in the Fatima Shrine is without doubt a part of her brilliant plan for their conversion, seeing that the daughter of Mohammed was named Fatima.
"Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun, as awe-inspiring as bannered troops?" (Cant.6:10). It is indeed the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary. Strengthened by her powerful prayers and motherly assistance, we will one day see what we may call the Immaculate Conception of the Church. With the poet we address her:
Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
Woman! above all women glorified,
Our tainted nature's solitary boast…
Second Sunday of Advent
December 8-14, 2002
vol 13, no. 146
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons