I just wanted to personally thank you and the followers of your http://holysoulshermitage.com blog. It is humbling for the priests and staff of Opus Bono Sacerdotii to see so many of your blog friends who are willing to pray for us and to sacrifice some of their material gifts to support the Catholic priests we care for who are in such dire circumstances. Your support and the support of your followers is so much needed and very much appreciated.
We will be praying for you and your blog followers!
Sincerely and with prayers for all of you to Our Lady of Priests,
Opus Bono Sacerdotii
“Work for the Good of the Priesthood”
P.O. Box 663,
Oxford, MI 48371
Daily Archives: 2013/01/28
Not all dioceses are created equal. I remember as a deacon that, with $200 a month, I had to get a car, car insurance, pay for the gas and upkeep (in a country parish with long distances to travel), get my own groceries, etc., etc. No health insurance, no stipends (for the priests only), nothing. I relished 0.17 cent boxes of macaroni and powdered orange “cheese”, which fit my budget nicely. With that preface, read this:
Pete relayed this email to Opus Bono Sacerdotii:
“I’m 82 years old and have been a Catholic priest for a very long time. I am a priest in good standing and have been retired for some time now. Because of my infirmities (I am also blind in one eye), I am no longer able to offer Mass or administer the sacraments at the local parishes where I would receive a stipend to help supplement my Social Security of $670. I am paying rent on a small apartment. We are a small diocese and have no money to give priests like me who can’t work anymore at the parishes.
I have heard about your generosity to us priests. I know you have many more priests who are in greater need than me. Could you please help me with a monthly allowance to get by for food and electricity? I do have health insurance, but the co-pays for prescriptions and doctors visits are hard for me to manage. I am really afraid that I will have to stop taking my medicine.
I can pray my Holy Mass for you and your benefactors in my apartment, that is all I can offer!
Sincerely in His Name,
God bless you,
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Laughing at the downfall of your enemy is O.K. Just don’t rejoice in bitterness. Very cool 30 second video.
Quite the 34 seconds, that. Is that Muttley laughing? Anyway…
Don’t rejoice in the downfall of your enemy (Proverbs 24,17).
Meaning don’t be bitter against him.
But go ahead and hit the sensor for the airbag.
Laughter about his being… um… corrected is surely O.K.
If you can’t laugh, or at least smile, be careful you’re not rejoicing in the downfall of your enemy.
If you can laugh, that means that you have hope for him.
Monsignor Kevin Wallin pled not guilty to whole range of charges dealing with methamphetamines and money laundering. Jury selection begins 21 March 2013. I’ll pray for Monsignor Wallin, regardless of guilt or innocence. I hope you will too. Without grace and given the circumstances, none of us are better than anyone else. Anyone who says differently is a liar and has given himself a license to kill.
The purpose of this post isn’t to pontificate about the pickle in which Monsignor Wallin finds himself. Instead, I’d like to make a few observations on the statement of Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), a group always showing leadership in grave error as they recommend the stupidest ways to provide solutions. From FoxNews:
“Catholics have to ask whether the mandatory obligation of celibacy imposes a harmful burden on priests and whether women ought to be admitted to the priesthood,” the group [VOTF] said in a statement. “The steady decline in the number of priests, the aging of priests, the terrible sin of pedophilia among priests, and the downfall of Monsignor Wallin are all signs of a sickness in the priesthood. It is time to seek a remedy for this awful malady that threatens the Eucharist, the center of Catholic life.”
Let’s take these assertions one by one:
- “Catholics have to ask whether the mandatory obligation of celibacy imposes a harmful burden on priests” [Priestly celibacy is freely chosen. The priest is wedded to the Church by way of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which he offers in Persona Christi, in the Person of Christ. If celibacy, truly a wonderful gift of God to the priest and to the Church, is lived out faithfully, the priest will be on fire for the good of the Church, ready to provide for her and lay down his life for her at any time. Since he chooses this freely, it is not a burden, certainly not a harmful burden. Read articles 1-5 of the HSH series on priestly celibacy: HERE]
- “Catholics have to ask whether [...] women ought to be admitted to the priesthood” [VOTF certainly are not Catholic, as any push for women priests takes one right out of the Church. Moreover, they must be militant homosexualists, for in the Mass Christ Jesus offers His wedding vows to His Bride, the Church -- This is my Body given for you in sacrifice, and the Chalice of my Blood poured out for you in sacrifice -- and it would be truly obscene to have a woman pronounce the vows of the Bridegroom. Read articles 6-7 of the HSH series on priestly celibacy: HERE]
- “The steady decline in the number of priests” [This is a comment on vocations. There are always vocations, in abundance, everywhere. But they only flourish in faithful dioceses or religious congregations. Those who are not faithful, who are as liberal as VOTF, have no vocations join them. Guaranteed: any diocese which presents celibacy as a positive gift will have plenty of vocations. Any diocese which presents it as a burden, and that we need a married priesthood, will have little or no vocations.]
- “the aging of priests” [Yes, well, the biological solution works on us all, doesn't it? VOTF would never mention the great young priests we have, as that goes against their idea of the priesthood. Even married priests get older, right?]
- “the terrible sin of pedophilia among priests” [That is, a few priests. Moreover, incest in families in incomparably more common, even among VOTF families, if they have families, right? And here is where VOTF shows itself to be evil. They want to have a married priesthood to cut down on pedophilia. In other words, they want to superstitiously throw one sacrament, Matrimony, at another sacrament, Holy Orders, in order to solve psychological problems regarding pedophilia? Really? That's an insult to both Matrimony and Holy Orders and also to psychology. VOTF is just plain evil. Their solution would just bring -- what? -- more incest? Yep.]
- “and the downfall of Monsignor Wallin are all signs of a sickness in the priesthood.” [One person is indicted and the entire priesthood is sick? That's the wishful thinking of hatred, is it not?]
- “It is time to seek a remedy for this awful malady that threatens the Eucharist, the center of Catholic life.” [And that solution is not to follow VOTF into the anti-Catholic, anti-priesthood abyss, but rather to encourage everyone to be faithful, and to encourage vocations, and to encourage priestly celibacy.]
Thanks for everyone’s prayers during my doctor visit on Thursday. Since I stopped treatments last Summer and the tumor has remained stable since that time, the doctor is convinced that the tumor is now in remission. Not completely cured, but not growing either. There is still a mass in my brain, but there are no signs of active cancer cells or growth right now.The doctor did warn that this type of tumor typically grows again (branching off from the original tumor), but pointed out that I am already in the “long-term survival” range for this type of tumor (Anaplastic Astrocytoma), so the fact that I have few symptoms right now means that statistically, my expected survival from now on should be measured in years and not months. Overall, great news!
Please continue to remember me and all who suffer from cancer in your prayers! I will be praying a 9-day Novena of Thanksgiving to Our Lady of Lourdes for this good news. Please join if you would like!