For once the 'Super' Bowl lived up to its hype! Win or lose - great game! With such an exciting finish in the Big Easy, many might think the season is over as the Roman Numeral XXXVI is taken down and early signs of XXXVII can be seen already in San Diego, site of next year's NFL extravaganza. But this commentary today is not about Patriots or Rams, but about lambs.
Speaking of the sheep and Roman Numerals for Roman Catholics the "season" is just about to begin! Yesterday was 'LX' Sunday; next Sunday is 'L' Sunday, the final spruce up before the season of Lent. While the new liturgy of the post-conciliar church refers to the time leading up to Lent as 'ordinary time', in truth it is a very special time - a time of preparation. In the Traditional Liturgy these three special sabbath days could be considered the 'pre-season' with Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays preceding the regular season of Lent.
Those three strange-sounding names stand for Seventy Days, Sixty Days and Fifty Days in the countdown to Easter. These are, of course, symbolic since we all know mathematically the Fifty Days fit (Quinquagesima), but Sexagesima is actually 57 days; Septuagesima 64 days. Interesting that the 40 Days of Lent are actually 47 days, but Sundays (including Easter Sunday) are excluded - thus making it 40 days. The custom dates back to the early days of the Church when Christians began fasting fifty, sixty and even seventy days before Easter. Forty days also assimilates with Our Lord's 40 days and nights in the desert before His public ministry. It could also be equated with the 40 years the lambs have wondered and wandered in the desert of confusion fostered by Vatican II which has foresaken Latin and the solid traditions for complying with today's standards.
How and why did we ever abandon the richness and religious resonance of Latin? Why is this brilliant tongue so sadly lacking in the mindset of the modernists liturgists? Lawyers, Doctors, Scientists, English scholars, and even Super Bowls utilize Latin, but not the new liturgy - definitely not the new liturgy! It is as if Latin is a dirty word! And yet, over half of our English language get their derivatives from the Latin tongue, which is the root of the Romance languages for Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Keep in mind the Gauls did not speak French, but were greatly influenced by the Romans. The richness of Latin comes from the Greek, two languages Saint Jerome knew so well. Any scholar who seeks to thoroughly master English needs Latin to better understand the native tongue. Yet so many call it a 'dead language.' Please, who came up with that phrase?
Come to think of it, who came up with a lot of these phrases we hear today? Does everything have to have a 'new' preceding it in the post-conciliar church? New Mass, new springtime, new evangelization, etc. In reality, it's getting old! Yet the post-conciliar church continues to forge more new innovations on the sheep. The question is, who hasn't the pc church 'dialogued' with lately? News services just announced that Walter Cardinal Kasper is going to Moscow later this month to meet with the Russian Orthodox operatives in trying to pave the way for the Holy Father to visit Moscow. Pardon me, but considering the Judas-like Pact of Metz, I can just hear the concessions from the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity: "Ya, let's do lunch. Have your people call our people. We'll talk. You name it, it's yours. Want the Madonna's icon of Kazan? You got it. Want us to keep a muzzle on our missionaries? You got it. Want us to indoctrinate more that communism is not so bad? Want us to apologize for the Great Eastern Schism? You got it. After all this regime has apologized for everything else. No problem. Don't worry, we wouldn't dream of saying anything against your ideology of communism. Ya, let us just work together for the good of the brotherhood of man." Ah, one big happy family is the objective; globalization for the welfare of mankind. Next week Mario Derksen will have an excellent column on humanism which the pc church has become an expert in.
These are indeed sorrowful times. In fact, we are in those times when we stand on Calvary with Christ, mocked and spat upon by those who just a few days before hailed Him so triumphantly. Ah, the fickleness of people continues from 33 A.D. to 2002 A.D.
One of the blessings of this apostolate is connecting with old friends. One such person is Dave Fritz, a very loyal Catholic from my childhood days before Vatican II. He recently sent me an analogy to the Sorrowful Mysteries and I wanted to share it with our readers. He pointed out that in the Passion of Our Lord, Peter denied Our Lord three times before the Crucifixion. The comparisons have been made by others that those three 'Peters' who have denied Christ are John XXIII, Paul VI, and now John Paul II. Sounds harsh, but the facts speak for themselves.
Since Holy Mother Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, it must imitate His life, and has been doing so, now mirroring His Passion. Consider if you will the Sorrowful Mysteries and the historic course the Church has been on over the past 500 years.
The Agony in the Garden: The Protestant Reformation to Vatican II
- The Agony in the Garden: The Protestant Reformation to Vatican II.
- The Scourging at the Pillar: The Second Vatican Council.
- The Crowning of Thorns: The New Mass of Paul VI.
- The Carrying of the Cross: The modernists' reforms since Vatican II
- The Crucifixion: The apostasy and schism of Rome, and the equation of the LaSalette and Fatima prophecies.
Today I'm going to focus on the first sorrowful mystery, spending all February on the parallelisms of the sorrowful mysteries. Just as Christ, while kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane and weeping tears of blood, saw for all time every person who would betray Him, how much more the sadness in seeing those who vowed to uphold His teachings turn their backs on His Holy Will? He saw the laxity and immorality of one of His Own Vicars - Pope Alexander VI and pontiffs of that era that let down the lambs, thus paving the way for all-out revolution by Martin Luther et al.
Consider if you will those Christians during that time - from the lowliest of peasants to Saint Thomas More who had to have the very foundations of their Faith shaken with the exodus of so many of their neighbors. Think about it. Most of them were not learned in the Faith to the degree Catholics should be today. Monks were the major means of imparting the Truths and Traditions to the masses and in their monasteries were kept the written revelations and traditions. The spoken word was the major vehicle for evangelization. Books were not available, save for a few bibles from the Gutenberg press. While many are under the assumption that there were bibles everywhere with the invention of the printing press, keep in mind that those primitive presses were very limited in production. Yes, more had access, but not as many as we might be led to believe for also keep in mind that the vast majority could not read. Only the aristocrats had the opportunities to drink in the classics. I might add that many bishops also had that opportunity, but even though knowing their Faith, they still abandoned the One True Church. That included the majority of prelates in England who placed man above God, choosing an earthly king King Henry VIII over the august office that represented the Heavenly King in Pope Clement VII. Despite his weaknesses, his shortcomings, he was the Sovereign Pontiff, and the faithful could not disavow him in favor of an earthly king or rabble-rousing minister. So also our current Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II. Despite his very noticeable faults and misdirection, we cannot abandon him for he is, to the knowledge of all Catholics, the legitimate successor of Peter.
While Jesus saw all the sins of mankind during His time at Olivet, He also saw as only the Divine can, all the good man does and will do - every one of us. No secrets can be kept from God. Many theologians believe that the only thing that sustained His humanity in the Garden was the buoyancy of seeing the good works, the warm hearts of His faithful among the flocks. Otherwise, the depression of the evil would have overwhelmed His human nature, just as it does us in our total humanity if we do not have hope, encouragement and goodness in our hearts. Jesus could see those faithful lambs - many going on faith alone - who fought with every last ounce of their breath to preserve the True Faith in the face of physical persecution, ridicule, confrontation, confusion. Thanks to the "Counter-Reform" begun by Pope Paul III the outstanding, infallible Council of Trent opened vistas that would usher in an era of faithfulness, producing abundant fruits for centuries. You see, there is reward in suffering.
And, oh how Christ suffered. No one can imagine the physical and psychological pain he endured. And why? For us? "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15: 13). He loved us so much that through Him, and Him alone, merited for us eternal life and told all why in John 10: 10, "I come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly."
Yet how did so many respond? Jesus saw and wept at the rejection of the Faith He established by those operatives of the French Revolution. He saw the agenda of humanism in the emotional, Masonic cry of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" which He knew would only lead to "Turmoil" for His precious sheep. It formed an acronym - L.E.F.T. that would be the downfall of so many who, enlightened by human reason, thought they had a better idea. Much in the same manner the first rebel lucifer resisted with "non serviam", these misguided souls left Christ and His Holy Church. He could see how through erosion and infiltration they would invade His One True Church, like termites eating away at the foundation until the cornerstone itself was reached.
Because of Our Lord's promise in Matthew 16: 18 that "the gates of hell will not prevail against it", the cornerstone still stands strong, passed down through Divine Revelation and the uninterrupted traditions of Holy Mother Church, but the ceilings are giving way, the support beams crumbling, the stones that protected the walls of Christ's Church are disintegrating. Christ saw all this during that hour among the olive trees after the Last Supper. He also saw how the protective measures His Vicars like Pope Saint Pius V (De Defectibus and Quo Primum), Pope Pius IX (Syllabus of Errors), Pope Leo XIII (Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel and Humanus Genus), Pope Saint Pius X (Oath Against Modernism, Pascendi Dominici Gregis, and "Lamentabili Sane"), Pope Pius XI (Mortalium Animos), and Pope Pius XII (Mediator Dei) which they all established to protect the Sacred Deposit of Faith, would be swept away by the 'aggiorimento' of John XXIII that would usher in the second of the sorrowful mysteries.
In next week's commentary I will treat the second sorrowful mystery, the Scourging at the Pillar for, in truth, the pillar of the Holy See was the focal point for the Mystical Body of Christ to be scourged beyond recognition. This was accomplished because so many of the faithful - clergy and lay - let down their guard; so many refused to speak out, not realizing that all that had erupted was a result of the very agenda launched by Luther over 400 years earlier. The ill causes and effects of Vatican II have been heard echoing in the halls of Heaven and allowed to continue, not by God's ordaining will, but through His permitting will. No wonder He wept so bitterly in the Garden for He saw this day - the result of not only the timidity - as well as the temerity - of the shepherds, but also the deafening silence of the lambs.