Sunday in the Octave of “Corpus Christi”
The calamities that fell upon God’s chosen people of Old prefigured already those that will chastise the Church Militant for its necessary purification. “Now all these things happened to them in figure… they are written for our correction” (1 Cor. 10.11). Pope Leo XIII taught this in his Encyclical “Diuturnum illud” but with grave admonition: those chastisements are graver for us who have been raised to the dignity of a Christian (one who bears Christ in him; better, another Christ yet in its varying degrees of correspondence unto its perfection – beginners, the advanced, and the proficient or the more fervent) by grace merited at the prize of the Most Precious Blood of the Eternal Word-made Flesh.
As this day dawned but yet it was still dark, the light of the Eternal Word, in the lessons of the First Nocturn of the Office of Matins taken from I Kings 4.1-11 (DRV), gave us another glimpse of the mystery of God’s purifying hand now laying heavily on the Church. The chosen people were getting desperate in the face of invasion by the Philistines. They fetched for the Ark of the Covenant – that mighty visible form of the presence of the God of Hosts in the midst of His chosen people of Old. But God delivered His people into the hands of the enemies and let the Ark even as their enemies’ precious spoil! Why this tragedy? The High Priest, Heli, consented to the corruption of the people by condoning his erring priests in the mockery of the sacred.
The ‘mainstream official’ Church still has the Real Presence in cases when a still validly ordained presbyter validly confects also the Blessed Sacrament. But from the preceding lesson, bringing about the Real Presence VALIDLY (with the proper intention and with the prescribed matter and form – the formula of Consecration over the matter – of the Sacrament) in their midst is not enough. There’s still the crucial matter of bringing the Real Presence LICITLY : The priests who brought in the Ark were NOT PLEASING to God – they were far from the ideal of priestly ministry prescribed by God; so are the presbyters more so marked with a “new priesthood” (cf., “At the heart of the crisis – the priesthood“), donned in Lutheran/Anglican ‘liturgical’ costumes and presiding over a ‘table’ at a remodeled sanctuary after the fashion of a Masonic Lodge (cf., “The Catholic Sanctuary – II“) to offer a “new rite of worship” [the “new rite of ‘m(e)ss”” – the falsely claimed “Ordinary Form”] to the (g)od of their “NEW THEOlogy” (the non-Catholic god already unabashedly unmasked by Bergoglio ). To sum it up, even when the Consecration in this Vatican II-Church of the “Novus Ordo” (the “New World disorder”) is still valid it will always remain illicit – unacceptable before the true God of Catholic Tradition; St. Thomas, in his “Summa”, teaches that even when the Sacraments of heretics and schismatics are validly conferred [also in the ‘Black Mass’ of Satanists] they are illicit – the same for the apostates of the day; the Sacraments in their hands do not confer grace – which comes from God appeased, not mocked and enraged! This we are sure of from the preceding lesson by the Eternal Word – the ‘mainstream’, despite the palpably concrete mighty Divine Presence in their midst, was held easy prey to the powerful enemies, figuratively: eager priority of being ‘happy’ ‘in’-citizens of a “New World Order’ where there are no absolute truth-holders (the ‘pre-Vatican II Church’ clerics) and where Christ the King does not insist on His absolute dominion both in socio-economic and private affairs; willing ‘weak’ preys to cravings and lusts of the flesh: ‘I’m only human,’ ‘many commit the same,’ ‘it’s natural urge anyways;’ willing cohorts of the proud devil: who do not want to go any further in pressing the truth confronting them down to its logical conclusions or, having gone painfully through it even with only the first steps cry, ‘no, I will not submit, it’s too much!’
There are of course certain cases when souls – in invincible ignorance and of just dispositions – in the “Novus Ordo ‘Church’ still receive grace but not because of a “Novus Ordo” ‘Sacrament’ reverently conferred validly; the graces flow unto them from the “throne of grace” – from our traditional Apostolic altars. Yet, this mercy of God towards them does not stop there: “iustum dedu[c]it Dominus per vias rectas” (The Lord conducts the just man through the right ways, Wis. 10.10) – and so they are led out of the ‘Novus Ordo’.