It shouldn’t surprise me–the incredible amount of interest in the fate of Fr. Altman–but it does. For those of you who are interested, he made it one more Sunday at our parish. (Remember, this whole process could take awhile.)
Naturally our church was filled with visitors today, making Communion twice as long. Not that we cared. I spoke with one family that drove three hours with their five little children. Two old ladies, from somewhere far away, sat in front of us, asking my daughter to set their missal ribbons and loving every minute of it. I met two other families from California afterwards, and LifeSiteNews filmed it all.
Of course Father’s local, faithful families were there too. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
A Happy Trinity Sunday to all of you!
I’m sorry I don’t have any new photos this week, but as you can imagine, it’s nice to just be and pray at Mass.
P.S. I am going on vacation for a few days. It might be a week or two before I update here.
P.P.S. We’re moving into our Summer Schedule. I hope to write about that soon.
P.P.P.S. All right, I know this is a ridiculous number of post scripts, but I have to link to my sons’ favorite server video. Likely you’ve already seen it, as it’s a year old, but it’s hysterical. Watch it again for fun HERE.
The oft-quoted Charles Dickins’s A Tale of Two Cities comes to mind, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
Personally, I think Bishop Athansius Schneider nails it HERE at LifeSiteNews. (Be sure to read it.) He notes that not even the Third Reich dared to do what’s happening to us right now, especially as pertains to the government and the Church. In his latest book, Christus Vincit, he warns of a coming One World Government, which in the article above, he refers to as a “Sanitary Dictatorship.” Frightening, no?
But you know who else was predicting this years ago? Catholic author Michael O’Brien. Have you read any of his literature yet? If not, pick up Father Elijah. You likely have time on your hands, after all. And that book is a page-turner.
What else can we do besides read great literature?
Of course we need not despair, even though I am tempted to. Early last week, right before the Terrible Ban on Everything, our family went to Confession, and alas, I did confess despair. My priest–God save him!–quietly asked me if I was familiar with the Gospel passage about Jesus sleeping in the boat during the storm from Matthew 8?
“Yes,” I responded.
“And when the disciples woke Jesus, what did he say to them?”
“Why are you afraid, O ye of little faith?” I sighed.
My priest continued, “But I don’t want you to dwell on that. Rather, I want you to remember that he was in the boat. He was there all along, in the storm, and he’s here now. I want you to thank Jesus for being in the boat with us. He hasn’t abandoned us.”
I found great comfort in that, and it’s been my prayer lately. Thank you, Jesus, for being in the boat with us.
Besides personal prayer? What else?
Here are a few other thoughts:
While I hate to encourage more screen time, I will say that Dr. Taylor Marshall and John Henry Weston are spot on HERE.
But more importantly, are you saying a daily family rosary?
I know I talked about the difficulties of fasting recently, but are you fasting? Even if it’s something small? Perhaps you could give up creamer in your coffee? Or refrain from adding salt or pepper to your dishes? Or give up ice cubes? Anything is better than nothing! Start small, if you’re new to this.
Get yourself to confession. Today. Who knows where this is going to end? If the governors of California, New York, and Illinois can put everyone on “house arrest,” then your governor can too. Call or email your pastor. If he’s worth his salt, he’ll figure out a way to legally hear your confession.
Encourage your pastor to do 24-hour Adoration, if your state’s not on “house arrest.” Even if no more than 10 people could legally attend, and of course observing “social distancing” laws of 6 feet, this would be a beautiful way to keep Churches open.
And finally, encourage your priest to do processions. I will be eternally thankful to our priest for noticing which way the wind was blowing last week, for we had a lovely procession with prayers against pestilence last Sunday.
But we need more processions.
Daily processions. Perhaps priests could walk the streets with a Cross Bearer and two Acolytes, while reciting the Litany of Saints and Prayers against Pestilence. This could be done daily, at say 3pm. The faithful could park their cars along the way and pray. Or the more bolder of the faithful could follow behind, keeping “social distancing” laws of 6 feet.
No really, processions are so important that I’ll leave you with two examples of exemplary priests from the past. I pulled this information from newadvent.org. It’s an online Catholic Encyclopedia. We really need to get this done.
As the plague still continued unabated, Gregory called upon the people to join in a vast sevenfold procession which was to start from each of the seven regions of the city and meet at the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin, all praying the while for pardon and the withdrawal of the pestilence. This was accordingly done, and the memory of the event is still preserved by the name “Sant’ Angelo” given to the mausoleum of Hadrian from the legend that the Archangel St. Michael was seen upon its summit in the act of sheathing his sword as a sign that the plague was over.
Personal visits were paid by him to the plague-stricken houses. In the hospital of St. Gregory were the worst cases; to this he went, and his presence comforted the sufferers. Though he worked so arduously himself, it was only after many trials that the secular clergy of the town were induced to assist him, but his persuasive words at last won them so that they afterwards aided him in every way. It was at this time that, wishing to do penance for his people, he walked in procession, barefooted, with a rope round his neck, at one time bearing in his hand the relic of the Holy Nail.
I just want to briefly point out that Bishop Athanasius Schneider has publicly and forcefully condemned the use of the pagan idol “Pachamama.” Schneider is calling on all bishops and priests around the world to also condemn these demonic statues.
Praise God for Bishop Schneider speaking up. May all the angels protect him, for he will be persecuted.
Read Bishop Schneider’s whole public statement HERE at LifeSite News. Read it to your families. This is a bigger issue than you think.
I’ll leave you with a few of Schneider’s remarks. Note his very last line. (All items in bold, color, or italicized are mine.)
“As a successor to the Apostles, entrusted with care for God’s flock, I cannot remain silent in the face of the blatant violation of God’s holy will and the disastrous consequences it will have upon individual souls, the Church as a whole, and indeed the entire human race. It is therefore with great love for the souls of my brothers and sisters that I write this message.”
“All true Catholics, who still have the spirit of the Apostles and of the Christian martyrs, should weep and say about the pagan ceremonies which took place in the Eternal City of Rome, paraphrasing the words of Psalm 79:1: “O God, the heathen have come into thine inheritance; thy holy city of Rome have they defiled; they have laid Rome in ruins.””
“Amid the consternation and shock over the abomination perpetrated by the syncretistic religious acts in the Vatican, the entire Church and the world has witnessed a highly meritorious, courageous and praiseworthy act of some brave Christian gentlemen, who on October 21 expelled the wooden idolatrous statues from the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina in Rome, and threw them into the Tiber. Like a new “Maccabees” they acted in the spirit of the holy wrath of Our Lord, who expelled the merchants from the temple of Jerusalem with a whip. The gestures of these Christian men will be recorded in the annals of Church history as a heroic act which brought glory to the Christian name, while the acts of high-ranking churchmen, on the contrary, who defiled the Christian name in Rome, will go down in history as cowardly and treacherous acts of ambiguity and syncretism.”
“In view of the requirements of the authentic worship and adoration of the One True God, the Most Blessed Trinity, and Christ Our Savior, in virtue of my ordination as a Catholic bishop and successor to the Apostles, and in true fidelity and love for the Roman Pontiff, the Successor of Peter, and for his task to preside over the “Cathedra of the truth” (cathedra veritatis), I condemn the veneration of the pagan symbol of Pachamama in the Vatican Garden, in St. Peter’s basilica, and in the Roman church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.”
“It would be good for all true Catholics, first and foremost bishops and then also priests and lay faithful, to form a worldwide chain of prayers and acts of reparation for the abomination of the veneration of wooden idols perpetrated in Rome during the Amazon Synod. Faced with such an evident scandal, it is impossible that a Catholic bishop would remain silent, it would be unworthy of a successor of the Apostles. The first in the Church who should condemn such acts and do reparation is Pope Francis.”
Anyone still following the latest in the Church Crisis?
I came across this article from LifeSite News, wherein Fr. Fessio of Ignatius Press speaks out about Pope Francis’ silence. It caught my attention for a number of reasons:
I’ve always admired Fr. Fessio.
I love Ignatius Press.
Apparently Vigano reads Michael O’Brien, as he mentioned Father Elijah.*
Anyone who has read anything of O’Brien’s finds his writing eerily prophetic.
And finally, Fr. Fessio takes the words right out of my mouth, “Be a man. Stand up and answer the questions.”
Here’s an excerpt from the article. If you’re interested, click HERE for the whole thing.
“He’s attacking Viganò and everyone who is asking for answers,” Fessio told CNN. “I just find that deplorable.”
“Be a man. Stand up and answer the questions,” he added.
The publisher-priest told LifeSiteNews that he meant no disrespect for the Pope by saying this. Fessio observed that words said in conversation look “worse” in print but defended his opinions.
“I think the idea that I’m expressing there is a valid idea, and even if I tempered it somewhat, I think it should be said. And maybe … it will help the Pope to have some straight-talking. He seems to want to have openness, doesn’t he? He talks about frankness and openness and don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind.”
“So I said what was on my mind–and not just my mind; it’s on a lot of people’s minds.”
Thank you, Fr. Fessio.
*Haven’t read Father Elijah? Pick yourself up a copy today and be prepared to stay up all night, because it’s that good. You won’t be able to put it down.