- On 28 February 2013 at 8:00 PM Rome Time, or 2:00 PM EST in the USA, I’ll be a sede vacantist regarding the See of Rome. And while I am distraught with the statement of abdication, a vacant See, a family without a father (though we always have our Heavenly Father), we continue to pray for Benedict and also for the successor of Saint Peter, known to Jesus and His dear Immaculate Mother. I was reeling when I heard that most unexpected news. And then…
- As of Ash Wednesday morning, 2013, I’m also a sede vacantist regarding the parish in whose territory the hermitage is situated. I’m told that a statement was read at that Mass by a priest who was kind enough to fill in at the absolute last second. This was most unexpected. The local people are as distraught over this as they are for the abdication of the Holy Father. As with the Holy Father, this had nothing to do with child protection. That was made very clear. O.K. But, I’ve been reeling with this information for the last few days as well. This priest was, in fact, my Confessor. Gone. Just like that. We continue to pray for him and for his successor as well. There but for the grace of God, go I, we should all be saying. Right? If not, go to confession while you can.
- Update: Another great priest I know in a country very far from the USA, this time from a TLM community, didn’t show for Mass. He’s also on a leave of absence. Yikes! Just like that.
Circumstances can change radically within seconds. And we priests need prayer.
All this has gotten me a bit more in front of the Most Blessed Sacrament, as it should be.
Much of today is dedicated to collecting wood. It’s a saw, haul, split, haul and stack day. It’s going to be cold for the next few days. Brrrrr!!! I do have a reserve stack of wood, but I don’t want to touch that right now. That’s the “What if I get the flu?” pile of wood. I didn’t get the flu shot and I didn’t get the flu, so far, anyway!
Even with the humdrum of activity, I’m still thinking of this:
UPDATE: Bill Foley has added some great comments on some Cardinals who are papabile. Well worth the read. Click on the comments link for this post. Thanks, Bill!