Some time ago, I learned that a Household brother of mine from college was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He was given a short time to live.
Seth DeMoor of One Billion Stories found out about my brother’s condition and filmed him.
In the midst of all the negativity out there today, let me ask a question: are you prepared to go to God as you are, right now, this very moment?
Please, watch this video and see how one man is facing his impending death with Faith and dignity:
“In the thirteen years of my pontificate, this is the biggest cross.”
—Pope Paul VI to Jean Guitton,
concerning Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
and a potential schism
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (courtesy of Marcel / Anefo Antonisse)
In response to the crisis within the Church following in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, Swiss Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre took certain actions that questioned his canonical standing with the Church. The most controversial was the consecration in 1988 of four new bishops without a papal mandate. Lefebvre has become the figurehead of what is called the “traditionalist movement” within the Church.
Pope Paul VI (courtesy of the Holy See)
During the pontificate of Paul VI (1963-1978), deep concerns were raised about the possibility of Lefebvre causing a schism. Lefebvre’s differences with Paul VI were recently raised for discussion in the light of new historical disclosures and the impending canonization of Paul VI. In light of that ongoing discussion, I am providing a first-ever English translation of a forgotten conversation of Paul VI on Archbishop Lefebvre. First, however, a quick background on the recent developments.
Hello Everyone! It was a great interview with Fr. Pacwa for EWTN Live. I have enjoyed my time here and will have some good stuff for you in the future.
Quick update: the second edition of Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael will be available in mid-August. If you would like to pre-order a copy, please contact the publisher, Preserving Christian Publications (pcpbooks.net) or by phone: 1-315-942-6617. Amazon will also start taking pre-orders from July 15 onward.
Please E-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
My book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael received an honorable mention over at Papal Artifacts.
On November 14, I had just come home from a long day at work. We had an in-service that afternoon and my head was pounding with a headache. Before making dinner, I checked my phone: no messages. In the five minutes it took to warm up my dinner and sit down, a voicemail had come through. It was an urgent message from family telling me that there was an emergency. Nothing could have prepared me for what came next.
I had to dial twice before I was able to get through. I received the word that my nephew had been called from this life into eternity. I sat in my chair, stunned. I think I asked for the news to be repeated. My mother was sobbing in the background and could barely speak at first. This is a woman who is no stranger to pain and suffering and was now preparing to bury her grandchild. In the normal course of life, you go to God first and the younger generation(s) bury you. It was odd, knowing that the roles were now going to be reversed.
At the funeral on November 22, different people got up to remember my nephew. I heard from many people what he meant to them. They all said the exact same thing: how he was a caring individual who had an exceptional ability to talk about something mundane for about 2 hours and make it sound important or exciting. He made people feel loved, even if he himself was not particularly feeling too well that day. Hearing these things has made me reflect upon my own life.
My formation in the Benedictine monastic tradition has instilled within me many values that I hold near and dear to my heart. The first word of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict is ausculta, listen. I strive to be open to what people say, and not just their literal words but beyond them to what is in the heart. My presence, for example, at the debate this past October was about demonstrating that I hear the concerns over the third part of the secret. I wanted to share my findings with others who also care and hopefully begin to heal a terrible division that has arisen.
In this life, friends, we need to be mindful of what is important: God—family—friends. In that order. We know not the day nor the hour when we shall be called from this life into eternity. When it happens, all that we take with us is the record of our life. If we have done the will of the Eternal Father, we shall be saved. As we continue in this Advent season, preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ, I am going to try and follow the example of my nephew and be more caring to people.
I would like to say hello and welcome to everyone who is checking out my web site after viewing the documentary Fatima: The Last Mystery on EWTN.
A friend called to notify me that it aired on November 4 in the evening. I wrote about this documentary last year (December 13). If I am reading correctly the EWTN web site, the next showing will be Monday, November 6th at 12:30 a.m. (central or eastern, I do not know).
Incidentally, I am preparing some significant news, so stay tuned!
Hi Everyone! I am busy preparing some materials for publication. Recently, I had the opportunity to revisit Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s book Communism and the Conscience of the West. I had made use of it a couple of years ago for an article that I wrote. As this book is out of print, I want to post some information about this book.