December 21, 2003
Fourth Sunday of Advent
vol 14, no. 40

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Losing Heaven



Rather than righting the course, John Paul II stubbornly tries to marshal the duped into selling out to the United Nations, causing even more countless souls to fall into everlasting perdition.

    "Who can believe that "humanity today is in a new and more difficult phase of its genuine development"? Difficult, yes! Genuine, no! What genuine development can there be when Jesus Christ is rejected by the nations as King and Lawgiver? There is no "authentic and lasting peace" without Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. It is true that the Church should encourage genuine human development, just international laws and peace among the nations, but that new Tower of Babel, the godless UN, founded upon secular humanist principles, is the symbol of mankind's rebellion against God. Mother Church should be, like Mary, "the handmaid of the Lord" (Lk.1:38), not the courtesan of the Revolution. As for the UN, it is our wicked stepmother, who instead of preparing a Manger for us will prepare a tomb."

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, he compares the solid orthodoxy and bold warnings of past Popes and Saints for today the counter-Church has sailed far away from firm doctrine and the absolutes of the Faith, and foolishly depended on the flickering, faltering lights of man to guide the way. The dullest of all beacons is indeed the UN, yet John Paul II stubbornly continues to push the atrocious creed that the Church bows to the UN and looks to this sole humanistic organ for the answers. The answers are not there, never will be. The answers can only come from God and His One True Church which sails the lonely sea of rejection with a small, but loyal crew of Traditional Catholics who focus their all on Christ and His True Church, trying to warn so many of the sea monsters who threaten souls. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

   Christmas time should be the happiest time of the year, although we are told that many become lonely, sad and depressed because they are far away from home and loved ones. Or perhaps they are among those who have no place to call home, and no one to call friend. In such a case the sound of "Happy Holiday!" must pierce like a dagger to the heart. Yet there is a Home and there is a Friend Who loves us, if only we can find Him among all the clutter and debris that surrounds Christmas, especially since the enemies of the cross of Christ (Phil.3:18) plot and scheme to blot out even the memory of Christ from the minds of men. Said the man in the Gospel who was healed of his blindness: "'Who is He, Lord, that I might believe in Him?' And Jesus said to him, 'Thou hast both seen Him, and He it is Who speaks with thee.' And he said, 'I believe, Lord.' And falling down, he worshipped Him" (Jn.9:3638).

   Would that we could preach like John the Baptist who said in Luke 3: 4b-6: "Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked ways shall be made straight, and the rough ways smooth; and all mankind shall see the salvation of God." But few are likely to hear "the voice of one crying in the desert" (Lk.3:4), since the Gospel that should proclaim the Light of the World is gathering dust on the shelf, while the contemporary church is busily engaged in "dialogue".

   Forget about Heaven! John Paul II's annual message for the so-called "World Day of Peace" on January 1, 2004, just issued from the Vatican, once more proposes the United Nations as a sort of "mother of all peoples" to which everyone ought to look for an earthly salvation:

    "It must be acknowledged… that the United Nations Organization, even with limitations and delays due in great part to the failures of its members, has made a notable contribution to the promotion of respect for human dignity, the freedom of peoples and the requirements of development, thus preparing the cultural and institutional soil for the building of peace…

       "',,,humanity today is in a new and more difficult phase of its genuine development. It needs a greater degree of international ordering' (John Paul II, Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis). States must consider this objective as a clear moral and political obligation which calls for prudence and determination. Here I would repeat the words of encouragement which I spoke in 1995: 'The United Nations Organization needs to rise more and more above the cold status of an administrative institution and to become a moral center where all the nations of the world feel at home and develop a shared awareness of being, as it were, a family of nations' (To the UN General Assembly, Oct. 5, 1995)… Only a humanity in which there reigns the 'civilization of love' will be able to enjoy authentic and lasting peace." (source: ZENIT, December 16, 2003)

   Who can believe that "humanity today is in a new and more difficult phase of its genuine development"? Difficult, yes! Genuine, no! What genuine development can there be when Jesus Christ is rejected by the nations as King and Lawgiver? There is no "authentic and lasting peace" without Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. It is true that the Church should encourage genuine human development, just international laws and peace among the nations, but that new Tower of Babel, the godless UN, founded upon secular humanist principles, is the symbol of mankind's rebellion against God. Mother Church should be, like Mary, "the handmaid of the Lord" (Lk.1:38), not the courtesan of the Revolution. As for the UN, it is our wicked stepmother, who instead of preparing a Manger for us will prepare a tomb.

   While the counter-Church "dialogues", the true Church is slandered, oppressed, and crucified like her Master. Millions of human beings, Catholics not excluded, are now in danger of losing Heaven because the Gospel is not preached to them. Instead of the Gospel of salvation, the counter-Church offers them the slim hope of a shaky manmade peace in a utopian "civilization of love" in which it is said humanity will be able to enjoy "authentic and lasting peace."

   A humanity which has divorced itself from God is incapable of achieving peace. The popes before Vatican II were unanimous in agreeing with the Scriptures: "Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the guard keep vigil" (Ps.126:1). Pope Pius XII speaks of the futility of human plans when God is ignored or denied:

    "If we weigh carefully the causes of today's crises and those that are ahead, we shall soon find that human plans, human resources, and human endeavors are futile and will fail when Almighty God - He who enlightens, commands, and forbids; He who is the source and guarantor of justice, the fountainhead of truth, the basis of all laws-is esteemed but little, denied His proper place, or even completely disregarded" (Meminisse Iuvat, 4, July 14, 1958).

   Pope Pius XI comments:

    "In the Holy Scriptures we read: 'They that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed.' (Is.1:28) No less well known are the words of the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ, Who said: 'Without Me you can do nothing' (Jn.15:5) and again, 'He that gathereth not with Me, scattereth' (Lk.11:23). These words of the Holy Bible have been fulfilled and are now at this very moment being fulfilled before our very eyes. Because men have forsaken God and Jesus Christ, they have sunk to the depths of evil. They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God" (Ubi Arcano, 27,28, Dec. 23, 1922).

   But those who hold to the true faith and heed the words of these holy popes will know peace and survive every trial. Pope Pius XII quotes the great Father and Doctor of the Church, St. Ambrose, who gives us an encouraging and hope-filled message (Epistle 11: PL XVI, 917):

    "Hold on to the tiller of faith so that the rough winds of this world may not bandy you. The sea is vast and large, but do not fear; for he has established it (the earth) upon the water, and set it firmly upon the rivers (Ps. 23:2). And so it is understandable that the Lord's Church stands unmoved among the waves of this world, for she is built on the apostolic rock and holds fast to her foundation, unmoved by the onslaughts of the raging sea (Cfr. Matt. 16:18). She is battered by the surf, but is not shaken. The physical elements of this world crash with thunder about her, but she provides a safe port for those who toil on the deep" (Meminisse Iuvat, 26).

   Let us resolve to all return to that safe port.

Father Louis J. Campbell


December 2003
vol 14, no. 40
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons

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