The Wings of an Eagle
We can take heart that we have the refuge of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where the True Church of her Divine Son resides, to always fly to in fleeing the raging rivers of heresy so prevalent today, poisonous error which the devil stirs up to destroy Holy Mother Church.
Editor's Note: In his sermon for the 26th Sunday After Pentecost, taken from the Sixth Sunday After Epiphany, which Father Louis Campbell delivered to his parishioners yesterday, he cites the joy that is expressed in the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Proper. That joy is in knowing that no matter what the modern Church might change or say, we can be assured that God will not abandon us, but protect His Church through the guidance of the Mother of the Church - the Blessed Virgin Mary who will never steer us wrong for she is the Woman of the Apocalypse. God provides for us as He did for Mary the "two wings of the great eagle" so that we too may fly away into the wilderness of prayer, to return to the bosom of Holy Mother Church in order to protect us from the wiles of satan, allowing us to refresh before engaging in battle again against the principalities and wickedness on high.
Who does not look for safety and security in times like these? For those who are bewildered and afraid, the Gospel today is good news indeed. Our Lord says that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a tiny grain of mustard seed that grows into a large tree, so that the birds of the air may dwell in its branches. In other words, there is plenty of room for all in the Kingdom, and we are all invited. And the best part is that the Kingdom of Heaven is already among us. Come on in, and be free from the anxieties of this world!
Father Louis J. Campbell
The Church is the Kingdom of Heaven at its beginning. Like Noah's ark, the Church floats upon the waves of present worldly chaos, and those inside are carried safely to their Heavenly destination. Unfortunately, millions of Catholics have lost sight of the true Church and are wandering around in spiritual darkness. The Church in our time has been obscured, as Our Lady foretold at La Salette. It has become unrecognizable, since it dresses itself in new garments styled by Vatican II. Even the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been changed into an unfamiliar ritual, and millions of Catholics throughout the world have been deprived of the true sacraments. Although the Church still survives in the hearts of those who have the true faith, for them it is a time of great anguish and confusion.
But God has provided for these times. Our Lady told Sister Lucy, one of the three children to whom she appeared at Fatima, that God wished to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart. She asked for the consecration of Russia, in particular, to her Immaculate Heart. She also asked for the recitation of the Rosary. She announced that the dogmas of the faith would always be preserved in Portugal. In saying this, she seems to imply that the faith would decline elsewhere.
Why is the devotion and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so important for these times? Because God, knowing of the apostasy to come, and that millions of the faithful would lose sight of the Church, provided us with a way of knowing the Church through Mary, and of remaining within the bosom of the Church through Mary, Mother of the Church. There is a mysterious identity between Mary and the Church, so that we could even say, paraphrasing Jesus' words to the apostle Philip, "He who sees Mary sees the Church." St. Cyril of Alexandria spoke these words at the close of his sermon at the Council of Ephesus in 431:
"And so, brethren, may it be granted to us to adore with deep humility the indivisible Trinity. And then let us praise with songs of joy Mary ever virgin, who herself is clearly the holy Church, together with her Son and most chaste spouse. To God be praise for ever."
Those who have a true devotion to Mary will never lose the faith. As the Church says on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary: "Rejoice, O Virgin Mary: for you alone have destroyed all heresies in the world."
This is why the devil hates Mary so much. His plan to destroy the Church, in which he has almost succeeded, is foiled by the humble and Immaculate Virgin Mary.
In the Book of the Apocalypse we read about the great Red Dragon which attacks the Woman, who represents both Mary and the Church:
"And a great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in the anguish of delivery. And another sign was seen in Heaven, and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns… And there was given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and a half time, away from the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman water like a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the river. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was angered at the woman, and went away to wage war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God, and hold fast the testimony of Jesus" (Apoc.12:1-3;14-18).
The river that the Dragon spews forth to carry away the Woman is the flood of heresy which is carrying away many. But the true Church has escaped on eagle's wings, and is hidden safely away in the hearts of the faithful. Those who have true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and who consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart, as she requested, will be preserved from the flood, carried in her Immaculate Heart like Noah and his family in the ark. Her victory, and the triumph of her Immaculate Heart have already been predestined.
Immaculate Mary! Our hearts are on fire;
That title so wondrous fills all our desire!
We pray for our Mother, the Church upon earth,
And bless, sweetest Lady, the land of our birth.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
November 18, 2002
vol 13, no. 138
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