November 25
vol 13, no. 143

"He has scattered the proud"     Luke 1: 51

Pride goeth before the fall and the "diabolical disorientation" of Newchurch is knowingly preparing the 'People of God' for a cataclysmic tumble. The problem is that many neo-Catholics, because of pride, stubbornness and fear, refuse to believe such omens. Woe to them in the time of the visitation.

    "I saw (in the new church) all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful. I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work"
    Venerable Ann Katherine Emmerich

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Last Sunday After Pentecost, Father focuses on the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 24: 24 and Christ's words "so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect". Indeed, the elect of the Church over the past 40 years have been greatly led astray and the great catastrophe is that so many followed their 'elect' into error. Father points out that many will not take stock of the situation out of pure pride, afraid to admit they have made a grave mistake by following the heresies that have erupted from the molting, molten magna of Vatican II. Pride is the sin that fells many and no one is safe from this most destructive capital sin unless they seek from the depths - De profundis the meaning of their Faith and emulate the Blessed Mother's virtues, most specifically humility.

   Towards the end times Jesus says, "…false christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect" (St. Matthew 24:24).

   Jesus is called the Christ, or the Messiah, meaning the "Anointed One," because at His baptism the Spirit of God in the form of a dove, descended upon Him and remained with Him, while the voice of the Father spoke from Heaven, "Thou art My beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased" (St. Mark 1:10,11). Jesus alone is the Christ, the Chosen One of the Father.

   But today there are false christs who claim to be anointed by God. One, calling himself "the Teacher," waits for the opportune moment to proclaim himself to the world as the Messiah. Jesus was merely anointed by the Christ, he says. But in him we have the real thing. And false prophets? We've got prophets, ascended masters, spirit guides, witches, and false mystics of all kinds. And they deceive many.

   Unfortunately, millions of Catholics are among those who are led astray, and that often by their own shepherds-priests and ecclesiastics at every level. Sister Lucia of Fatima, in an attempt to explain the lamentable condition of the Church, said that the Church is affected by a "diabolical disorientation." The word "diabolical," of course, refers to the devil. "Disorientation" means that the Church is in a state of confusion, and has taken a false turn. The new church, like an unfaithful spouse, is no longer facing her "Orient from on high," Jesus Christ, but has turned her gaze on the world. Deceived by the devil, she has fallen into apostasy. The true Church still exists, of course, but as a remnant, increasingly purified through suffering.

   How could such a catastrophe happen to the Church? The devil, possessed of a super-intelligence far beyond the power of any human mind, has convinced many theologians and ecclesiastics that he does not exist. And if there is no devil, who needs exorcisms? Exorcisms have all but disappeared in the sacramental rites of the new church - an open invitation to evil.

   But the key that has allowed the devil to unlock the doors of the new church is pride. The holy Augustinian nun, Ann Katherine Emmerich, looking into the future through her marvelous prophetic gift, once said:

    "I saw (in the new church) all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful. I did not see a single Angel nor a single saint helping in the work" (Y.Dupont, Catholic Prophecy, 53.5).

   Pride was the downfall of the devil, and it is likewise the downfall of those who follow him. Adam and Eve were deceived because of pride. "…(T)he serpent said to the woman, 'No, you shall not die; for God knows that when you eat of it (the fruit), your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' Now the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for the knowledge it would give. She took of its fruit and ate it, and also gave some to her husband and he ate" (Genesis 3:4-6).

   All of us, through pride, are capable of being deceived. Those who adhere to the new church are expected to believe monstrous heresies, such as the new teaching that there are two valid covenants, and that the Jews can attain salvation without believing that Jesus is the Messiah. Even adherence to the traditional faith, with the true Mass and sacraments, is no guarantee of immunity, since pride can persuade us that we are on safe ground, and somehow better than others. "Pride," says St. Augustine in his Rule, "ensnares even good deeds and destroys them."

   There is, of course, a remedy for this "diabolical disorientation." If pride is the cause, then the antidote is the virtue of humility. God has given us an example of profound humility combined with absolute purity of heart in the Blessed Virgin Mary, the New Eve. Mary is filled, not with herself, but with God. Her strength lies in her absolute dependence upon Him and in her recognition of His power at work in her: "He who is mighty has done great things for me" (St. Luke 1:49). The things of this world had no hold on Mary because her mind was absolutely clear, unclouded by pride. In her presence the devil himself is confused and utterly defeated. We must imitate Mary!

   "Humble yourselves, therefore," says St. Peter, "under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in the time of visitation…" (1 St. Peter 5:6). Through humility and purity of heart, the Church must be reformed in Mary's likeness, so as to become the holy and immaculate Bride of Christ, in love with her Bridegroom, despising the allurements of the world and the deceits of the devil, not cultivating earthly power or esteem, but glorying in her Lord Jesus Christ, and praying for His speedy return.

   Perhaps Psalm 129 (130), the "De profundis," is no longer on anyone's list of favorite Catholic prayers, but it should be. It is the prayer of the humble. It places us in "the depths" of our littleness, our fragility, and our sinfulness, crying out to God Who alone can save us from our truly desperate condition. We await the true Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, Who at His coming will send His angels to gather His elect from the four winds and the ends of the earth:

    Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my
    voice! Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication:
    If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
    But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered.
    I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word. My soul
    waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
    More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait
    for the Lord, for with the Lord is kindness and with Him
    is plenteous redemption; and He will redeem Israel
    from all their iniquities.
         (Psalm 129).

Father Louis J. Campbell

November 25, 2002
vol 13, no. 143
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