"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fr. Campbell, The Door to Heaven

The Door to Heaven

Fr. Campbell 

“But Jesus taking to himself the Twelve said to them, ‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that have been written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished” (Lk.18:31).

The disciples did not understand this, because, as Our Lord said, “it was hidden from them”. Today there are many things hidden from us because our eyes are closed to the truth. We have been so conditioned by the false prophets of the New World Order that we will accept anything that is thrown at us by the media. Our smartphones and our TV’s have become our guides and our teachers. What chance has the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be heard anymore? Jesus Christ used to be “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life”. Now He is no longer remembered, and the Truth is hidden from our eyes. The world has lost its way.

Think of the talented performers and entertainers of these times. How many of them have become slaves of the devil? They start out young and innocent. But they are soon confronted by the realities of this world, and many of them are forced to trade in their innocence to the perverts and pedophiles if they expect to be successful. Unwilling victims or not, they end up betrayed into the hands of sinners.

The truth is that most of the human race today is heading at full speed for the gates of Hell. We need God’s help to find our way through the present darkness. The Catholic Church used to provide that help. It was the light of the world, because it preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations. But now its government, including the papacy itself, its properties, and its pulpits, have been hijacked by the enemy, and the Gospel is no longer preached, and life has lost its meaning for many. The Book of Wisdom tells us of the despairing thoughts of those who have lost their way:

“Brief and troublous is our lifetime, neither is there any remedy for man’s dying, nor is anyone known to have come back from the nether world. For haphazard were we born, and thereafter we shall be as though we had not been; because the breath in our nostrils is a smoke and reason is a spark at the beating of our hearts, and when this is quenched, our body will be ashes and our spirit will be poured abroad like unresisting air. Even our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will recall our deeds. So our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and will be dispersed like a mist pursued by the sun’s rays and overpowered by its heat. For our lifetime is the passing of a shadow, and our dying cannot be deferred because it is fixed with a seal; and no one returns” (Wis.2:1-5).

And how do we find the way that leads to life? There is only ONE WAY! Nothing could be clearer than these words of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (Jn.14:6).    

On another occasion The Lord’s words were equally clear:

“Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All whoever have come are thieves and robbers; but the sheep have not heard them. I am the door. If anyone enter by me he shall be safe, and shall go in and out, and shall find pastures. The thief comes only to steal, and slay, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly” (Jn.11:7-10).

Those who call themselves Catholic, but are so in name only, understand “none of these things.” Those who still hold to the true faith know that they are following the way of the Cross, but for them there is no turning back. As scandal multiplies, the enemies of the Church, bolstered by distorted and falsified media reports, are circling for the kill like a pack of hungry wolves. What is left of the official Church is merely a shell which cannot be fixed, as the apostate Francis and many bishops and cardinals are now openly denying the essentials of the faith. Faithful Catholics can only pray and keep the faith as best they can while all they hold dear falls into ruin around them.

St. Nicolas von Flue, canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1947, made this sobering prophecy: “The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.”

This is the time for saints. The true Church, abandoned by her own and at the mercy of her enemies, is still under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and enjoys the prayers of the saints. Purified through suffering, she will rise once again as the holy and immaculate Bride of Christ, prepared to welcome her Lord when He comes again. 

How does one remain a faithful Catholic when faced with the crucifixion of the Church he loves? Well, this is what Lent is all about. We must be obedient to the Church and observe a true Lent. On Wednesday of this week, Ash Wednesday, we will receive the ashes on our foreheads as a sign of penance. But without the Church’s Lenten program – prayer, penance and almsgiving – the ashes remain a meaningless symbol. We must not let that happen.

The Acts of the Apostles records that St. Paul preached with St. Barnabas in the cities of Asia Minor,

“Reassuring the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and reminding them that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:21).