Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 7, 2015
The Year the World Stumbled
Each day during the Octave of Corpus Christi, we commemorate the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, pondering the words of Our Lord: “Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you” (Jn.6:54). Life? Jesus speaks not of the natural life shared by every descendent of Adam and Eve, but of the supernatural life, the spiritual life, the life that comes with Sanctifying Grace through Baptism. We are sons of God by adoption, sharing His life through grace. We are made holy, united in a holy union with the angels and the saints. We are alive! And this life is sustained in us by eating the Bread of Life in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This life is not given to those who have refused the Lord’s invitation to the Wedding Feast.
The natural man knows nothing of the life promised by Our Lord. After Jesus offered His disciples His flesh to eat and His Blood to drink many of them walked away. Jesus explained to the Apostles, “This is why I have said to you, ‘no one can come to me unless he is enabled to do so by my Father’” (Jn.6:66). When He asked the twelve if they would also leave, 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 art the Christ, the Son of God” (Jn.6:69,70).
The Apostles had faith, but the natural man, the man without faith, cannot understand the things of the spirit. Those who do not have faith are like zombies, who do not know they are dead. Not only do they not understand spiritual things, but they oppose them, persecuting the children of God. As Jesus says, “He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters” (Lk.11:23).
The natural man plans our lives for us – our education, our family life, our work, our clothing, our leisure, our entertainment. Most can no longer think for themselves, because he has also taken command of the language, “dumbing it down”, and loading it with words and phrases that disguise the greatest evil as something good, phrases like “pro choice”. Does a woman have a right to choose to kill her unborn child? The Lord’s Commandment says: “Thou shalt not kill!” The child in the womb is a precious human being who may someday be led to the Font of Baptism and be fed with the Bread of Life. But those who can’t get beyond the words “pro choice” cannot see the truth. Those who control our language control our thoughts.
In 1949 George Orwell published his prophetic novel, “1984.” Later he wrote an appendix in which he explained the principles of “Newspeak”, the language which, in the novel, was created to replace traditional English, which was being abandoned in the new world of English Socialism (IngSoc):
“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought – that is, a thought diverging from the principles of IngSoc – should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.” The great works of English literature would have to be translated into Newspeak, a task which “meant that no book written before approximately 1960 could be translated as a whole” (The Principles of Newspeak, newspeakdictionary.com).
What was it about 1960? Both Church and world stumbled. Our Lady’s Third Fatima Secret was to be revealed in 1960, but it was shelved by John XXXIII. The planned revolutionary council, Vatican II, which specialized in “doublespeak,” was about to begin. It would rewrite Church history and doctrine, downplaying practically everything written before 1960, and imposing the Vatican II variety of Newspeak upon unsuspecting Catholics throughout the world. As a result, most Catholics who follow the Newchurch speak a new impoverished language which renders them incapable of understanding traditional Catholicism. No longer able to think for themselves, they have become the brainwashed drones of Orwell’s novel.
“George Orwell saw not only the poverty but the danger of a language that had become purely contemporary. A language without roots, without the authority of generations implicit in its usages, is the perfect instrument for tyranny” (Joe Sobran, d. Sept. 10, 2010, We’re Losing Shakespeare, sobran.com).
So are we going to let them do this to us? How about a little righteous indignation against those who are harassing our souls! There is a place for just anger – not the irrational anger that causes us to lose control of ourselves and strike out at everyone – but righteous anger, Godly anger. Should we not be angry when confronted with their odious work – their ridicule, their lies, their blasphemies, their allurements, their seductions, their satanic music, their lewd performances, their places of carnal delights? Jesus Himself was filled with indignation at the Pharisees. And with righteous anger He threw the money changers out of the Temple.
So are we going to let them destroy our souls? That moral monster at the other end of the shameful image that flashes upon our computer screen is no friend, but an agent of Hell. May St. Michael and the Heavenly Armies strike at such and send them reeling into the bottomless pit where they belong!
But we have true friends with whom we share a spiritual language which is hidden from the worldly. That language is prayer. We can call upon Holy Mary, the Mother of God, to go to war for us against the Dragon, and upon a host of Heavenly Angels and Saints to pray without ceasing for our victory over the powers of Hell.
The Lord feeds us with His greatest gift, the Hidden Manna, the Bread from Heaven, the food of those who accept His invitation to the Wedding Feast: “Lo! Upon the altar lies, Hidden deep from human eyes, Bread of angels from the skies, made the food of mortal man… Thou who feedest us below! Source of all we have and know! Grant that with Thy saints above, Sitting at the feast of love, we may see Thee face to face. Amen. Alleluia” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Sequence of Corpus Christi).