Fr. Trauners Sermon 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Dear Fellow Catholics,

Please see below Fr. Trauners sermon from this Sunday:

Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, Oct 2nd, 2016

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

My dearly beloved in Our Lord,

Today Holy Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. The Mass which we celebrate is that of the Queen of Angels, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.

As the liturgical year draws to its close, we are more and more reminded of the true reality: Those things which will never change. This material world will be dissolved in fire on the great day of the final coming of Christ “to judge the living and the dead” (Credo). But Heaven and Hell, the spiritual and supernatural world, will never fade or perish.

The situation in which we are living – this unprecedented confusion caused by the failure of the jurisdictional hierarchy at and after Vatican2 – is one of the last preparations for the final coming of Christ. Anyone who assesses the situation rationally as a Christian – with his “ratio fide illuminata, the mind enlightened by Faith” – can only be delighted at the prospect of the everlasting and unchanging reign of Christ. The way there is painful, the wait may seem long…

The difficult part in awaiting the unfolding of the last stages of world history, is to remain a realist.

Just about everything is pushing human beings to be unrealistic and even anti-realistic.

For example, it is not always easy to live with the label “sedevacantist”. The term seems to have been invented by the sworn enemies of the concept of the See of Peter being vacant, in order to condemn and mock the idea of “the pope not being the Pope”, as they usually say.

Of course, if this means the same as “green is not green”, or “a tree is not a tree”, then the phrase “the pope is not the Pope” is pure lunacy.

But a sedevacantist is not actually saying, “the Pope is not the Pope”, but: “Montini, Wojtyla, Ratzinger, Bergoglio have not been, or are not true Popes of the Catholic Church”. The sedevacantist is saying this for good reasons, namely for sound and water-tight theological reasons. A public heretic is not a member of the true Church; so he certainly cannot be her visible head and the lieutenant of Christ. A pretended Pope, or a pretended universal ordinary magisterium – which Vatican2, gathering the moral total of Catholic bishops must have been – teaching heresy – religious freedom as laid down in the terms of Vatican2 – cannot truly hold Christ’s authority. For otherwise Christ’s promise to be with his flock would cease, Christ through his true representative could lead souls into error and eternal damnation.

There is theological reasoning, so it is not as simple as good-day. But the reasoning is sound, solidly grounded in dogma and capable of refuting all objections brought up against it. So why pretend it is wrong and evil?

A sedevacantist simply is a realist: a Catholic acknowledging the situation as it is; otherwise, proof him to be wrong!

What is wrong, is “modern” man’s unwillingness or incapacity to reason. Either he does not want to reason at all, or if he tries, his reasoning is incorrect. But every human being having reached the use of his reasoning power must make good use of it: “The true light entlighteneth every man that cometh into this world… As many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God…” (cf. Jn 1,9.12) And St Paul outlines the consequences of the bad use made of human intelligence, in Rom 1,19-32 (…quote…). His words are very fit to describe much of the nonsense going on today, and the ambient perversity of morals which ensues from the reject of the divine light.

So we must have a clear idea about what is wrong with today’s mass of people. And we must draw the appropriate conclusions if we do not want to be condemned with this world (cf. 1Cor 11,32).

The true Catholic must be firmly grounded in the spiritual and in the supernatural world.

People’s minds today are exactly the contrary: They are disconnected from the spiritual and the supernatural because they have chosen to be materialistic and naturalistic.

Materialism – think of today’s economic and particularly the monetary system – makes man forget that he is more than just the chance result of material evolution, that he is animated by a spiritual and immortal soul. Permanent economic growth must keep the system going. What a complete nonsense! Only the spiritual reality, the spiritual values can grow indefinitely. There is no limit to our growing in virtue!

Naturalism – one of the major pillars of modernism, by the way – makes people forget that they possess a double life: The natural life of body and soul; and the supernatural life of divine grace, a participation in the divine nature (cf. 2Petr 1,4). Why care about faith in supernatural truths if you know everything, as modern scientists think, and want to make us believe…? Why practice true Christian charity which does not pay off in this world, but obtains merits for the after-live, from which no-one has ever come back, as they say? In this they are very heavily mistaken: “No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (Jn 1,18)

Whoever is a realist and takes things for what they truly are; whoever is a man of good will, can know everything he needs about the spiritual and the supernatural world. Our Lord, the Word of God made man, has revealed us all that it is necessary to know and to believe in order to work our salvation.

My dearly beloved! Sometimes we may be tempted to think that we must be the loonies; that it cannot be that so many are wrong and that just the few of us are right; that this whole thing about Vatican2 must be just another conspiracy theory.

If this temptation should occur to you, just open a paper that has been dropped into your mailbox; or open the window and observe people for a few minutes – and you will see that “all that is in the world, is but concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world” (cf. 1Jn 2,16). From there go back to your daily duty as a true Catholic humbly and fervently.

Then turn to your guardian Angel, or to Our Lady, the Mother of the True Light, the Mother of Good Counsel, and thank them for the grace of the true Faith; and ask them to obtain for yourself the grace of final perseverance.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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