Sunday, December 7, 2014

Advent, 2nd Sunday: a forewarning

The reeking stench of the Modernists now fills the Catholic Church to such an extent that despair comes easily to those trying to hang on for dear life to the Ark.  This writer is no exception.  Despair does come easily; far too easily.  But to be shaken out of this despairing mindset St Gregory provides some food for thought and contemplation.

In the explanatory notes for the Gospel of the Second Sunday in Advent the St Andrew Daily Missal tells us the following:

"The Gentiles will enter Heaven together with the people of God. Isaias foretold that the Messias would be known by His miracles, and when John the Baptist, himself, as the same prophet predicted, a messenger from Almighty God, sent 'to prepare the way' of the Messias, caused our Blessed Lord to be asked if He were indeed 'He who art to come', Christ proved His Divine Mission by the miracles worked by Him.  'But', St Gregory explains, 'after so many wonders the death of Jesus caused great scandal in the hearts of men faithless to God; and Christ Himself forewarned us against this stumbling-block to which the Jews fell victim'.

Something to ponder as confusion and scandal drops from the Church like snowflakes.

The Christ Child will come.


Lord, said...

Please do not despair, Aged Parent. Maybe we should follow the example of Lot and hide our senses from the sins that permeate the air around us. And also like those who hid and prayed in the company of The Virgin while they waited for the promised Comforter.

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our souls take up your rest;
Come with your grace and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which you have made.

O Comforter, to you we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
And sweet anointing from above.

You in your sevenfold gifts are known;
You, finger of God's hand we own;
You, promise of the Father, you
Who do the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts overflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us your peace instead;
So shall we not, with you for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may your grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know;
And you, through endless times confessed,
Of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With you, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.


I pray for His peace for us all, we who are tempted to despair. Saint Jude, pray for us.

Lord, save us! said...

Sorry, I meant to post as "Lord, save us!", not merely "Lord".

And I wanted also to ask if we are or are not to beg "Lord, save us! We perish!" since He scolded the Apostles when they awakened Him in the boat because of the stormy sea. I have always been confused by this lesson.

Anonymous said...

Part of the current problem which many Traditional Catholics don't recognize is the necessity for the Church to be feared or at least respected by our 'enemies'. Respect generally resides in political power. Any residual political power the Church possessed was foolishly jettisoned during VaticanII. After relinquishing her 'orb and septre' she expected to be loved and esteemed by the world. Big mistake! The path of 'dialog' and continual accommodation leads nowhere.

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