Gaudete Sunday 2015
By The Hermits, Dec 20 2015 10:11PM
This should have been posted a week ago, but as there was no internet access, that was not possible
There appears to be little to rejoice about these days. The Church has really not recovered from the highly ambiguous Synod on the Family. Heretical cardinals and bishops seem to flourish, and those who are traditional in their views seem to be considered by the Pope fundamentalists, Pharisaical, and lacking in Mercy. I suspect that this Holy Year of Mercy, will turn out to be a Holy Year of Justice, as God will decide that enough is enough, and that the only way wayward Western Man can be brought back to his senses is through the usual scourges of war, disease, and famine.
If Cardinal Turkson thinks that there should be population control, and indicates that the Pope thinks the same, God help us all. It is so unfortunate that the Pope is constantly being quoted and never clarifies things, which can be quite disastrous; nevertheless this is very Jesuit behaviour. Cardinal Turkson must be not much older than myself, and he may or may not have heard of an estimate of how much the world population would take up, if they were all gathered in one place (This estimate came out in the early or mid-seventies.). It transpired that the then population of the World would only take up an area the equivalent to the Isle of Wight, if they stood shoulder to shoulder, and back to back. That gives one some perspective. Also the demographic situation in Europe has been critical for some time, and it would seem that if this godless love of small families continues then the white European, and no doubt the white Westerners in General will have bred themselves out of existence, if that is the right term, precisely because they have so drastically reduced their breeding. That God tells Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply, and since God has not rescinded this command, I am somewhat surprised at both the Holy Father’s supposed temerity and Cardinal Turkson’s real temerity in regard to opposing the Divine admonition. After all the reason for having children is to populate Heaven with saints, and fill up the number of seats vacated by the Devil and the fallen angels. No doubt Cardinal Turkson, obviously a very talented and fine man, in many respects suffers from being that depressing type, the modern Catholic scripture scholar, whose most illustrious and rather terrifying representative was Cardinal Martini, who was sadly unorthodox. It is the sad lot of modern scripture scholars that they can hardly avoid being heretical precisely because they have come out of 19th Liberal Protestant biblical scholarship. Sadly the Catholic Church in trying to be with it, is now quite behind the times, while contemporary Protestant Biblical scholarship will find itself becoming more traditional and conservative. This point has quite eluded the German, Swiss, Austrian, and Belgian episcopates, in the main. They would have a very uncomfortable time if they found themselves rubbing shoulders with the down to earth, uneducated apostles, but whose company one would infinitely prefer, certainly Peter, James, and John, Nathanial and the others would be a tonic in our grim, dim, depressing age, which is grey with debauchery, and dreary with its lack of imagination, and quite appalling with its love of analysis, which always leads to paralysis. No wonder Jesus said that we had to become like little children if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and no doubt the African Churches are full of the childlike who welcome the Gospel with such joy and love.
So as the World lurches towards war consciously, or unconsciously, and the Church looks as if it is going to be fractured not just into two parts, but into many, we rejoice, because, despite everything looking to the contrary, Christ was born for us, to save us by his Cross, Death and Resurrection, and that is so utterly true and wonderful that the awful things that are happening cannot prevent us from rejoicing. And the one thing that we can rejoice in today, and how unpopular it is, is the possibility that we may be called to be martyrs. One has only to think how St. Francis, and St. Francis de Sales both ardently desired to be martyrs and were not, and St. Thomas More (He tried to avoid it for as long as possible, no doubt to protect his family.) who really did not want to be a martyr, finally accepted, it and found peace, that we come to realize that martyrdom is a grace. Martyrdom was so often the vocation of so many of the early Christians beginning with the apostles, and even John would have been a martyr if God had not protected him from the burning oil. What matters and this seems to have apparently passed the Holy Father by somewhat, is that all Christians are asked to walk the way of the Cross. Though he is much concerned and understandably so by unemployment, the plight of the elderly and so poverty throughout much of the Southern Hemisphere, it is not so terrible as the fact that so many have not received the Gospel and Baptism, or having received these two great gifts have been taught the Faith so incorrectly by modern missionaries who seem Hell bent on wanting something like a Christian Marxist Utopia. What matters and the Holy Father is only 17 years older than myself and comes from Argentina, where the Catholic Church would have been less accustomed to liberalism than in Western Europe, is the salvation of souls. If everyone is well fed, well housed, and comfortable and goes to Hell, what in Heaven’s name is the good of that.
Yes we are living in times far worse than the times of Arius, or the time of the Reformation, or worse still, the time the Enlightenment or the times of the French, and Russian Revolutions, but then God will not abandon us. He will make himself present through a crop of new and great saints, the majority of whom may be martyrs. They are waiting just round the corner, and when the time is ripe, they will appear in all their resplendent glory, and the corpse like Church will once again be transformed into the Holy Bride of Christ.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.
(Opening antiphon for Guadete Sunday) The Roman Missal
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be
known to all men: for the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in everything by
prayer let your petitions be known to God.
(Psalm) Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity