Fr. Z has some wise and sober words for all of us. I will give him the final word on the matter.
Given what I have been seeing and experiencing, I believe the verse many priests pray every night during Compline in the older form of the Office (Tuesday in the Liturgy of the Hours) is being realized in a particularly intense way right now:
“Be sober and vigilant: because your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is roaming around seeking whom he might devour. Strong in faith, resist him knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world. ” 1 Peter 5:8-9.
This is certainly the case in my life right now and I think it is also going on in the life of many priests and bishops who are on the more conservative side of things. The attack is on.
This is one reason why I have been earnestly asking the support of your prayers.
The enemy hates priests and bishops. Let me say that again. The enemy hates priests and bishops. When priests and bishops start making inroads, they will be attacked with intensity.
But priests and bishops remain men and remain sinners. We need the support of prayers especially regarding the primary goal of saving our souls. We must, for the love of God, help each other.
I will keep Fr. Corapi on my prayer list, and will remember him in a special way, hoping that through the help of the Holy Spirit, who bends the rigid and heals the broken and consoles those who are in pain, he will have some peace whether he is able to return to active ministry or not, whether he wants to or not. He is a priest forever and he is my brother in that indelible mark received from Christ the High priest. And because he is a priest forever, the devil will not relent in attacking him until he dies. Nor will the devil relent in attacking anyone who has authority over him.
It is what we signed up for, but sometimes it can be very hard.
And all the people said amen.
I’m a Catholic and a convert of 25+ years. I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again: CATHOLICS TREAT EACH OTHER LIKE CRAP. Many Catholics are just judgmental and silly and a lot of them are just plain mean, and that’s a fact. You have to wonder if they just inherited what religion they say they have. YOu have to wonder if they’ve ever read any scripture at all for themselves, EVER.
About the popular Catholic bloggers who have said such awful things, knocking someone else in order to increase your readership is not Christian. In fact, most of the pagans I know would not stoop that low. Seriously. It’s disgusting.
PS. I’m not a fan of Fr. Corapi’s. He’s not my type of preacher, but that doesn’t make it okay to treat him like crap in public no matter what he’s done or not done, Catholic or not.
If he upsets you so badly, you should ask yourself why and accept only an answer that’s beyond your stupid immature cliches. Think for once. It’ll do you good.
I am also a convert and thought I was the only one who thought this. I stay in the Roman Catholic Church is because Jesus started it and the Eucharist! I never saw this as a Protestant much more charitable and helpful! I pray for it is a spiritual battle going on……
and now Msr David O’Connell
both missing in action___
bish. O’Connell RI P
May holy spirit fill Church w/light
+May He have. Mercy on our souls…