Low Sunday, April 13, 2015
His Mercy Endures Forever (Ps.135:1)
No doubt most of us “of a certain age” remember the era of the devout Catholic. Our churches were filled several times over on Sunday mornings, and many returned in the evening for Rosary and Benediction. There were devotions to our Mother of Perpetual Help, or some other well-attended devotion during the week. Our churches were open from dawn to dusk, and many passers-by dropped in for morning Mass, or to pay a visit to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Nuns and priests were identified by their religious garb and pious demeanor. Well, most of them!
But a new spirit swept through the Church with Vatican II, which threatened to destroy the true Church, if that were possible. At the end of the 1800s, Canon Roca, an apostate priest, was already predicting a new religion, with new dogma, a new ritual, and a new priesthood, all of which would be instituted at an ecumenical council convoked by a new Masonic pope (Bishop Rudolph Graber, Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, p. 35).
To implement the “reforms” that had been contemplated at Vatican II, the unwanted rituals and devotions of the Old Church would have to be cleared away. Statues were stored in basements and attics, if not thrown on junk heaps. Altars were demolished and replaced by tables. Catholic churches began to look like Protestant meeting halls or Masonic temples. A few churches were spared through the heroic efforts of traditional clergy and outraged parishioners. But the new “mass” would likely include altar servers in high heels, Communion in the hand, and lay persons offering a sip from the chalice.
Catholic devotional life was in steep decline. The ancient Catholic devotions were cleared away to make room for new ones. Many saints were removed from the Liturgical Calendar and no longer celebrated. They said it was not good to be too focused on the saints. But soon we would ALL be focusing on the new Vatican II saints – “Saint” John Paul II, “Saint” John XXIII, soon-to-be “Saint” Paul VI, and thousands of others “canonized” in the wake of Vatican II. The only thing preventing Benedict XVI and Francis Bergoglio from being canonized is that they are still alive.
Among the new devotions to be trotted out was the Divine Mercy Devotion. I was very young growing up in Nova Scotia when I heard that the writings of Sr. Faustina Kawalska had been placed on the Index of Forbidden Books, and that the Divine Mercy picture of Jesus with rays coming from the area of His Heart, was withdrawn from public veneration. Faustina had grand illusions. Her absurd and ridiculous claim that Our Lord had told her she was the holiest of all creatures, purer than the angels, did not sit well with Pope Pius XII, or with the Holy Office in the early years of John XXIII, nor did her claim that she would not have to undergo either the Particular Judgment or the General Judgment, like the rest of the human race. The holiest of all creatures? Wasn’t that supposed to be the Blessed Virgin Mary?
But then came Karol Wojtyla, known to the world as John Paul II. Under him Sr. Faustina was rehabilitated, and set on the fast-track for canonization. The Divine Mercy Devotion was revived, and it spread like wildfire throughout the Novus Ordo church. John Paul wrote an encyclical on the Divine Mercy called Dives in Misericordia, which was long on mercy, but short on any requirements, like repentance for sin.
The most absurd result of John Paul’s Divine Mercy revival was the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday, and continuing through Easter Sunday and the Octave of Easter to Low Sunday, which by John Paul’s decree has now become Divine Mercy Sunday.
The Church prepares us from the First Sunday of Advent, and especially through the six weeks of Lent, for the culmination of the Liturgical Year, the observance of the Paschal Mystery, the Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. And are we now going to turn instead to a novena? The Divine Mercy Novena is a clever ruse designed to distract us from the chief mysteries of our Holy Religion. And to advance from absurdity to insanity, “Papa” Bergoglio has just released a Papal Bull declaring a Jubilee Year dedicated to Divine Mercy, based on the so-called “revelations” of “Saint” Faustina.
Distracting attention from Holy Week and the Easter Octave with the Divine Mercy novena was not by any means John Paul’s only liturgical atrocity. He changed the Holy Rosary by adding the Luminous Mysteries, and allowing that the Rosary beads could also be used – to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Where on earth did these loose cannons, the Vatican II papal pretenders, come from? Are they playing games with us? Well, yes! Someone sent me the following announcement from The Jewish Press.com, by a Mr. Ben-Gedalyahu, with this comment: “The Synagogue of Satan brazenly reveals Talmudic agenda against the Church & Christian Civilization via new video game.” I quote from the announcement:
“The popular Crusader Kings II computer game has created Jewish roots and has gone for monotheism with the new fifth expansion of the game called ‘Sons of Abraham.’… The new version… allows the player to use Christian lords to gain influence in the Catholic Church by using a loyal bishop who can be appointed Cardinal. Once the time comes for white smoke, your friend the Cardinal can elect your favorite as pope… Now the Jews can manipulate the Catholics for a change, choose the pope, take control and make the world a better place” (Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, thejewishpress.com, Oct.25, 2013).
But there is only One who can make the world a better place, Christ our King, the Merciful, but Just Judge. Before His arrest and Crucifixion He gave this warning to His Apostles:
“And then, if anyone say to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ; behold, there he is,’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Be on your guard, therefore; behold, I have told you all things beforehand” (Mk.13:21-23).