It is interesting that the last Sunday in September was formerly known as "Vacant Sunday," because the Mass used was often that of the previous day, Ember Saturday in September, one of the days upon which ordinations to the minor and major orders traditionally took place. At a later time a new Roman Rite Latin Mass was inserted into the Missal, which is the Mass we are offering today. But this was the day upon which the newly ordained priests celebrated their first Holy Mass.
With such a happy thought in mind we have to lament at the same time the fact that the priesthood today is going through a dark valley. Rather than spiritual athletes striving like St. Paul to win the race, many priests, especially novus ordo "priests" trained in present day seminaries, are more like the man with dropsy in the Gospel today or the paralytic man in the Gospel for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. So many of these "presbyters" are unable to speak clearly or give clear direction to the flock because they are held captive by a worldly mentality. They are motivated by the wrong spirit - the spirit of the Revolution, which is what the "the spirit of Vatican II" really is. Sadly, they are being swallowed up by the Revolution because they are unwilling or don't know how to fight against it, for "the Revolution devours its children."
The holy Augustinian nun, Anna Katherine Emmerich (whose revelations Mel Gibson has relied on to augment the Gospel account of the Passion for his movie) may have looked forward in vision to the time of Vatican II when she reported:
"Among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities. A few had only a body, with a dark cloud of fog instead of a head. Others had only a head, their bodies and hearts were like thick vapors. Some were lame; others were paralytics; others were asleep or staggering. I saw what I believe to be nearly all the bishops of the world, but only a small number were perfectly sound" (Y.Dupont, Catholic Prophecy, p.68).
When I was a younger priest I was among those being devoured by the Revolution. Probably I was one of those with a cloud for a head. In the early eighties I was sent by my Order to the Institute of Religious Formation at St. Louis University, to which flocked other priests, sisters and religious brothers from all over the world. This was a program for those who were involved in the formation of candidates for the priesthood and the religious life. By being processed through various sensitivity-type sessions by various "experts" on personality profiling, the Progoff Journal, the Enneagram, and other programs based on Jungian Psychology, liberalizing theology, or the non-Christian religions, we were programmed to be "useful idiots" for the Revolution. From there we were sent out to the seminaries, convents and novitiates of the world, prepared to take our turn at brainwashing other innocent victims, many of whom are now teaching in seminaries or Catholic schools, or preaching in parishes to equally unsuspecting victims of the Revolution.
One of Sister Emmerich's comments: "Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young school-teachers, and they all contributed to the work of destruction" (Ibid., p.68).
We see the sad results as Catholics flee like lambs from the wolves. It is indeed "Vacant Sunday" in many parishes. Those who have stayed, unless they are under God's special protection, are being turned into children of the Revolution, who will be unable to resist the allurements of the world, and who will perish with it.
You ought to realize that you may have been fleeced, duped and brainwashed, and that by your own shepherds, "blind leaders of the blind," who are leading their followers towards the precipice, most of whom did not set out to be predators, but were spoiled by the revolutionaries. They may yet be healed by the merciful Shepherd.
The remedy for this dreadful spiritual paralysis that afflicts so many of our religious leaders, bishops and would-be popes not excluded, comes to us from the example of Jesus Christ Himself. A revolution is organized disobedience to an established order, with the intention of overthrowing it. Satan is the father of the Revolution against the order willed by God. His disobedience introduced disorder among the angels, and into this creation through the disobedience of Adam and Eve. The legacy of the Vatican II Revolution is that disobedience and disorder reign in the Church. But those who are obedient, after the example of the obedient Christ, will yet deliver the deathblow to the Revolution.
"Have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus," says St. Paul, "who though he was by nature God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be clung to, but emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave and being made like unto men. And appearing in the form of man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross" (Phil2:5-8).
Without obedience there is no progress in the spiritual life. Abraham was willing to obey God even to the point of sacrificing his son, Isaac, so that God promised him descendants as numerous as the stars in the heavens or the sands of the seashore. Likewise, obedience to God, and to those whom He has placed over us, yields graces and spiritual gifts equally numerous.
All of must practice obedience according to our state in life. Children honor their father and their mother especially through obedience. Wives must be obedient to their husbands, says the word of God. Husbands as head of the family must be like the obedient Christ. All of us must hear God's word and obey it. Lets stomp out the Revolution!
We say with St. Paul: "This is why we too have been praying for you unceasingly… asking that you may be filled with knowledge of his will, in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. May you walk worthily of God and please him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God" (Col.1:9,10). †