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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fr. Campbell- Children of this world vs Children of the light (Lk.16:8)

Children of this world vs Children of the light (Lk.16:8)


God knew from all eternity that the human race would fall from grace, and would be in need of a Redeemer:

“But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, that he might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father.’ So that he is no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, an heir also through God” (Gal.4:4-7).

God’s plan was that those who desired to be saved should believe in the Redeemer, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. But when God’s only-begotten Son was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, even His own chosen people would not believe in Him. Jesus looked for faith from His disciples, promising to give them His own Body and Blood as their food and drink:

“I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (Jn.6:51,52).

After hearing this many of His disciples turned away, but when Our Lord asked the chosen Twelve, “Will you also go away?” (Jn.6:68), Peter answered,

“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast words of everlasting life, and we have come to believe and to know that thou are the Christ, the Son of God” (Jn.6:69,70).

Still, throughout history, many still turn away from the Mystery of Faith, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. To most Protestants, and now to many who call themselves Catholic, even among the clergy, the bread and wine are merely symbols.

The devil from the beginning managed to obscure God’s plan for our salvation in every possible way. He has now set up a false church with false prophets to lead it, and false bishops and priests with no authority or power. This has resulted in the disastrous decline in the faith and religious fervor among novus ordites. The practice of ecumenism, has destroyed their faith in the authority and uniqueness of the Catholic Church. Bergoglio is preparing the way for the One World Church.

The Lutherans believe in some kind of presence of Our Lord in the bread they receive at their communion service, but they do not believe in the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, that is, that the substance of the bread and wine are changed into the substance of the Body and Blood of Christ. Lutherans do not believe that the Catholic priest has the power to effect that change. They reject the authority of the pope and the Holy Catholic Church, believing that the Bible alone is the sole rule of faith. Lutherans believe in the total depravity of man after Original Sin, and that justification does not mean an internal change in the sinner, but only that the righteousness of Christ is “imputed” to him. And now virtually the whole Catholic world is adrift in the muddy waters of Bergoglio’s ecumenism. Bergoglio offers one of his conundrums:

“It’s true that in a certain sense, to share means there aren’t differences between us, that we have the same doctrine – underscoring that word, a difficult word to understand – but I ask myself: but don’t we have the same baptism?” And:

“Life is bigger than explanations and interpretations. Always refer back to your baptism. ‘One faith, one baptism, one Lord.’ This is what Paul tells us, and then take the consequences from there” (Catholic Answers, Nov. 20, 2015. And again:

“Today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification. (Do we, now!). On this point, which is very important, he (Luther) did not err” (CNA, June 26, 2016).

Francis is saying that the integrity of our faith is not important. He is causing us to lose the integrity of our faith, our spiritual virginity, by contaminating it with heresy. To Francis the differences don’t matter, since we have the same baptism. But even that is doubtful. Francis has incurred excommunication (again).

Supporting heretics was condemned by the Fourth Lateran Council, which declared that “Those who give credence to the teachings of heretics, as well as those who receive, defend, or patronize them, are excommunicated.”

St. Thomas Aquinas writes that “the unbelief of heretics, who confess their belief in the Gospel and resist that faith by corrupting it, is a more grievous sin than that of the heathens, because the heathens have not accepted the faith in any way at all. Hence, the unbelief of heretics is the worst sin” (Summa Theologica II-II, Q.10, art.3, ff; art.6).

The war is on; the battle is already being waged, and we cannot just stand by and watch. You must put on the armor of God, take up the sword of God’s word, and fight the good fight of faith! There are no non-combatants in this war to end all wars! But we are not alone!

The Blessed Virgin Mary comes to our aid in these times. Her perpetual virginity is symbolic of the ancient faith of the Catholic Church. The Church is virginal like Mary because her faith is integral and perpetual. Jesus Himself gave Mary to us as our Mother when He spoke from the Cross to St. John: “Behold, your Mother!” But John identifies himself only as “the disciple” throughout his Gospel. St. John wished to say to each of us, “See yourself as the disciple whom Jesus loved, and to whom He gave Mary as your Mother.”

When the Church desires to see what she should be, she gazes at the Blessed Virgin Mary, as though looking into a mirror. She must be the holy and immaculate Bride of Christ, in imitation of Our Lady. For yourselves, then, gaze at the Blessed Virgin Mary and ponder her holiness and spiritual beauty. Strive to mirror her holiness and her virtues. If we keep our eyes on Mary, the Star of the Sea, we cannot fail to arrive safely at our desired port of Heaven.