30 April 2015

Father Nicholas Gruner, RIP

Michael Matt says it so well:

We have just heard from our good friend, John Vennari of Catholic Family News, that the great Father Nicholas Gruner died suddenly today of apparent heart failure. We are shocked and saddened beyond words, and I ask the readers of The Remnant to please storm heaven with prayers for the repose of the soul of this great crusader for our Lady.

I've often wondered how many people the world over would still know anything about the messages of Our Lady of Fatima in our day were it not for the tireless work of her most valiant defender, Father Gruner--her loyal priest who kept her message, warning and promises alive for the benefit of millions of souls so desperately in need of Our Lady's intercession.

Father Gruner has worked himself into an early grave in her name, and we will never forget the good and holy Fatima Priest it was our honor to call friend for so many years.

May Our Lady of Fatima intercede now for Father Gruner. May he rest in peace.

29 April 2015

"No one has won anything here; we’ve all lost."

I am honored to be able to publish here the text of a letter from an unnamed priest, writing to Catholics about the resignation of His Excellency Robert Finn. It says it as well as it can be said. I have edited it slightly to remove some personal references; the substance is his:

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"As you all know, Bishop Finn has resigned ... This comes after a long, bitter, nasty campaign by many of our brothers and sisters, who, for whatever reason, were convinced that he needed to go. … It is now, therefore, time to say a few things in the open during this time of sorrow for him, and for our diocese.

First of all, for the instigators of this unfortunate event, the issue was never the Ratigan affair. There were definitely mistakes made in handling the situation by people who, it turned out, were in over their heads, but there was never any malice, or impulse to cover up anything. I will not recount the story here, but I will say this: If this had happened on another, more popular bishop’s watch, the aftermath we have seen would not have occurred, because the motivation for the mob-scene that ensued was Bishop Finn’s fidelity to a classical concept of the church, not the cover-up of any misconduct.

For years before the bishop’s arrival, there had been in place a bleak outlook on the future shape of the church, a church without many priests, a church run “out of necessity” by laypeople, lay administrators, with priests as the sacramental suppliers, not leaders. It was said a lack of vocations was the reason for the new organizational principles adopted here, but, in fact, the lack of vocations was self-inflicted. Certain radicalized theologians and catechetical experts after the council had predicted a priest-less church, and some labored to bring this to fruition. In the’90’s in out diocese we sometimes had less than 5 seminarians in any given year, and this reality was used to prop up the idea that the post-Vatican II church was meant to be a new church, with a new organizational chart.

Bishop Finn, as most modern, younger bishops after the council, decisively rejected this depressive scenario, put much less money into programs established for the bleak future, and, instead, put money and resources into the development of priestly vocations, and we have seen the result. We will have 10 new priests in all this fiscal year, and have many in the past several years. Though we will ordain so many, we have more men applying right now than the number we’re ordaining.

People complain that these young priest candidates are conservative, and that the Vocations Office is recruiting only conservative seminarians. This is untrue. [The office has] never had an ideological litmus test for incoming students. What is true is that service in the church, dating back into the early ‘90’s, …was attractive to young men who loved the church, knew she was 2000 years old, loved her traditions and teachings, and hadn’t grown up in the ‘60’s time of turmoil. In other words, they were not, as a group, like their elders. And, as the men in my generation, they are allowed to be who they are. The vocations truly, were always there. The lack was in my generation’s insistence that the young men hold the same ideologies as we did. I saw many a young man turned away from the seminary in the early days for not having the “correct” leanings and attitudes. May God have mercy on us for our hubris and over-weaning pride.

Those who are celebrating now began their work long ago, not because of the Ratigan case, but because Bishop Finn rejected their view of church reality. He was an “arch-conservative,” “pre-Vatican II,” “trying to take us back to the medieval church,” all these bits of nonsense that covered up the real truth: Post-conciliar ego and pride, the belief that we finally knew more than those thousands of saints who had gone before us, had led to the destruction of much of our church, the loss of clergy and religious, compromise with the world, especially in moral matters, the endangering of our families and children, and our own spiritual bankruptcy. The “Springtime of the Church of Vatican II” has never come, because we, in our smug superiority, had severed our connection with our past and Catholic Tradition. The tree cannot flower without its roots intact.

One of the most disturbing things I have seen in my years as a priest is the glee and meanness of many of our brothers and sisters in the aftermath of Bishop Finn’s resignation. Champagne corks popped, celebrations begun, more mean and vicious things said by people whose Lord Jesus said to them, “Love one another.” There is no forbearance or forgiveness for this man who pled no contest to a politically motivated charge filed by an ambitious prosecutor with strong ties to the abortion industry, so that he might save his local church the pain and cost of a public trial. The statute used was not even applicable to what happened, but such is our legal and political society. He is a man who loves and cherishes children, and would never for one minute hazard them for any reason. … But the outrage of many was managed by the designs of a few, and here we are.

What has this whole thing done to us? Is our love and respect conditional? [One person] put up a post on Facebook, “I hope Bishop Finn rots in Hell forever.” We have become mean, low and self-involved. The vicious attacks by Christians against Christians that we see day to day have become the norm. Whatever happened to praying for your enemy, blessing those who persecute you? Who are we and what have we become? No one has won anything here; we’ve all lost. An honorable man has been unjustly disgraced, and we have sacrificed his dignity and our own in a rush to punish and destroy, things antithetical to everything our common faith represents.

If any good is to come of this, it must come from the grace of God in the humble hearts of His faithful children. Let us learn the lessons again from Christ who is meek and humble of heart. His yoke is easy and His burden light. Let us not take upon ourselves the heavy yoke of hate and spite; they, in the end, are too much for us to bear without us losing everything the Lord wishes to give us. May God’s peace give us clean and humble hearts.



In the Sacred Heart of our Crucified Lord,"

Meatless Friday Wednesday: Riot Edition

I found these comments by John Angelos, Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles to be particularly interesting, and largely true. Not an opinion you'll hear on the nightly news. Emphases added:

"Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.


The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”

28 April 2015

Closing Date on Sodom Today

Well, our country's agents are preparing to close on this once-vibrant piece of real estate.  Sure, there is the usual documentary shuffle to manage, but the 9 officers of the title company are sure to approve the deal.*  

It's move-in ready, too.  

Unfortunately, nobody read the seller's disclosure statement that the roof and basement leak.

Fire, that is.

Oh well, ignore your home inspector at your own risk...












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*The surest sign of this is the utter lack of real interest in the case by marriage supporters, who understandably can read the writing on the wall.

27 April 2015

Genesis 19: 1-13

[1] And the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of the city. And seeing them, he rose up and went to meet them: and worshipped prostrate to the ground, [2] And said: I beseech you, my lords, turn in to the house of your servant, and lodge there: wash your feet, and in the morning you shall go on your way. And they said: No, but we will abide in the street. [3] He pressed them very much to turn in unto him: and when they were come into his house, he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread and they ate: [4] But before they went to bed, the men of the city beset the house both young and old, all the people together. [5] And they called Lot, and said to him: Where are the men that came in to thee at night? bring them out hither that we may know them:

[6] Lot went out to them, and shut the door after him, and said: [7] Do not so, I beseech you, my brethren, do not commit this evil. [8] I have two daughters who as yet have not known man: I will bring them out to you, and abuse you them as it shall please you, so that you do no evil to these men, because they are come in under the shadow of my roof. [9] But they said: Get thee back thither. And again: Thou camest in, said they, as a, stranger, was it to be a judge? therefore we will afflict thee more than them. And they pressed very violently upon Lot: and they were even at the point of breaking open the doors. [10] And behold the men put out their hand, and drew in Lot unto them, and shut the door:


[11] And them that were without, they struck with blindness from the least to the greatest, so that they could not find the door. [12] And they said to Lot: Hast thou here any of thine? son in law, or sons, or daughters, all that are thine bring them out of this city: [13] For we will destroy this place, because their cry is grown loud before the Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them.

The Stench of Sodomy is Destroying Us

Sometimes things have to be said.  This blogger does it, and it is hard to deny the truth in this post. Of course, that doesn't relieve us of the responsibility for our own sins.  Blaming the bishops may be correct, but let us always look in the mirror, too.  But like I said, sometimes we need to hear this.

This is Thankworthy before God

Happy Monday.  I thought this Sunday's Epistle from St. Peter and the Gospel from St. John were particularly instructive. My emphases:

DEARLY beloved: I beseech you, as strangers
and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from
carnal desires, which war against the soul,
having your conversation good among the
Gentiles; that whereas they speak against
you as evildoers, they may, by the good
works which they shall behold in you,
glorify God in the day of visitation. Be ye
subject therefore to every human creature
for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as
excelling, or to governors as sent by him for
the punishment of evildoers and for the
praise of the good: for so is the will of God,
that by doing well you may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and
not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but
as the servants of God. Honor all men: love
the brotherhood: fear God: honor the king.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all
fear, not only to the good and gentle, but
also to the froward. For this is thankworthy
before God: in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

AT THAT TIME Jesus said to His disciples: A
little while, and now you shall not see Me:
and again a little while, and you shall see
Me: because I go to the Father. Then some
of His disciples said to one another: What is
this that He saith to us: A little while, and
you shall not see me: and again a little while,
and you shall see Me, and, Because I go to
the Father. They said therefore: What is this
that He saith, A little while? We know not
what He speaketh. And Jesus knew that they
had a mind to ask Him. And He said to
them: Of this do you inquire among
yourselves, because I said: A little while,
and you shall not see Me: and again a little
while, and you shall see Me. Amen, amen, I
say to you, that you shall lament and weep,
but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be
made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be
turned into joy. A woman, when she is in
labor, hath sorrow, because her hour is
come: but when she hath brought forth the
child, she remembereth no more the
anguish, for joy that a man is born into the
world. So also you now indeed have
sorrow: but I will see you again and your
heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man
shall take from you. 

22 April 2015

Burying the Lead on Altar Service and Vocations

I have wanted to write about a story that was published in the St. Louis Review back on April 8. It is the heartwarming story of a little boy fighting cancer who, when approached by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, said he wanted to be a priest. His Grace, Archbishop Carlson, along with Master of Ceremonies Fr. Nick Smith, made that dream come true by, among other activities, involving him in the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.

Like I said, great story.  God bless this boy (there is a gofundme page set up by a family friend to cover medical expenses here), Archbishop Carlson, and all those who helped.

However, I think the most important element of this story was completely overlooked by the Review.  They buried the lead, as they say.

I ask you, how did the Archbishop make this boy's wish to be a "priest for a day" come true?  By dressing him in the cassock and surplice.  By allowing him to serve at the altar.

Actions speak louder than words. And here is an action that speaks volumes.  Altar service is inextricably linked to the priesthood.

This act of kindness occurred in an Archdiocese, like nearly every other Archdiocese in the world, that still allows girls to serve at the altar.   

We are told that altar servers aren't "little priests".  We are told, despite studies and the evidence of our own eyes, that allowing girls to serve at the altar does not discourage boys from serving, and does not discourage priestly vocations.

Yet it was instinctive, so instinctive that no one publishing or reading the Review even questioned it, that when a boy wanted to "be a priest for a day" he served at the altar, wearing the traditional attire of the acolyte.

So it seems to me that you can have it one of two ways: either limit altar service to males, or advocate the impossibility that females can be priests.  Because that is what our actions say, louder than our rationalizations. The only question facing the Church today, if she will be honest enough and brave enough to face it, is which will it be?

As a thought experiment, I have taken the liberty of rewriting the Review's headline:

Little Boy's Wish, Archdiocesan Response, Link Altar Service to Priestly Vocations

I don't know, it sounds right to me.

And, in a perfect world, that issue of the Review could include an editorial calling for an end to the novelty of altar girls.  Cite this feel-good story, cite Pope St. John Paul II (among other popes), and draw the necessary conclusions.  See, it writes itself.

21 April 2015

Year of Mercy Update: Bishop Finn Purged

I awoke today to see a text from my friend--fittingly, the former Kansas City Catholic-- informing me that His Excellency Robert Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, had resigned.This sad story comes from the Kansas City Star, as does the above photo. I include only the first three paragraphs, because this will be the official template for every story you see about it today:


VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, who led the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Finn pleaded guilty in 2013 to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles.

The Vatican said Tuesday that Bishop Robert Finn had offered his resignation under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign early for illness or some “grave” reason that makes them unfit for office. It didn’t provide a reason.


1. Pope Francis accepted the resignation. 
2. Finn pled guilty to failing to report.
3. Unfit for office.

That's all the press thinks of this, or at least it is all it wants you to know. Make no mistake, Bishop Finn, like so many others in this regime of "humility", in this year of "mercy", is a victim of Catholic orthodoxy.

The list of victims reads like a roll call of the top prelates on Mark Shea's (to-be-dropped-down-the-memory-hole-by-2013) Best Bishops in the World post:

Burke. Canizares. Pell (in progress). Oliveri. And don't forget Cordileone (also in progress).

While we are waiting for the Holy Father to issue a strong statement of support in favor of Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco, under vicious attack by the wealthy and influential sodomites and adulterers publicly calling for his head (just like Bishop Finn, here in the heartland), note the very liberal Bishop Juan Barros (only recently appointed by His Holiness over strong objections to allegations of his personal connection to an actual clerical child abuser), doesn't appear to be going anywhere.  

That appointment was made in March 2015, long after Pope Francis sent a bishop to investigate the Kansas City/St. Joseph Diocese.  

And, more to the point, the prosecution against Bishop Finn in the Ratigan failure-to-report case was a persecution-dressed-as-prosecution if there ever was one.  Bishop Finn had his own lawyers, of course, but I have always thought it a mistake to plead guilty.  If the world wants to persecute us, let them do their own dirty work.

But that is water under the bridge.  Friends, people talk about a coming persecution.  Wake up.  It is here.  It comes for you and me.  

No servant is greater than his Master.  If the world hates you, know that it hated Christ first.  All who live godly will suffer persecution.

Man up.  In our sinfulness, the Lord has made the effeminate to rule over us.

May Bishop Finn find peace, and strength, and I pray that for us all.











Chartreusings with The Property Brothers

Them's the Property Brothers
"My wish list: A big modern kitchen with a center island, hardwood floors, an open floor plan with a cheesy modern fireplace, a master bedroom with walk-in closet and en suite bathroom, a huge yard for my growing family of three, and located in the heart of downtown Toronto. My max budget is $750,000."

-- Annoying home buyer, on every episode

"This house is listed well under market price. Therefore, I suggest that we go in with an offer $10,000 over your max budget."

-- Hunky Drew Scott, on every episode

"This renovation can be done $5000 under your max budget, at least until I inevitably find during the renovation some problem that any kindergartner could've anticipated well ahead of time, which will necessitate a crisis decision on your part to compromise on some major element of the project, in order to come in just at your max budget."

-- Hunky Jonathan Scott, on every episode

Thanks, Em, for the inspiration. Enjoy the show! 

20 April 2015

Reconnecting

I thought I would check in on those few of you still left to assure you that I am yet among the living. I plan on writing in earnest again this week, and I confess to having been extremely busy at work. This real world crunch was accompanied by a double-whammy technology situation.  You know, the one where my office laptop crashes-- exacerbating my work issues while making it extremely difficult to blog here-- while at the same time my mobile blogging app quit working entirely after a "helpful" app update, preventing me from blogging at large.  Hence, I could only blog at home, but the four minute window in which I was conscious at night didn't seem to work out.

Still awake?  You are a kind soul.

So, stay tuned, faithful reader, and hopefully I can inspire or annoy you in the coming days.

In the meantime, this might be the place to mention the profoundly tragic situation in Wisconsin you will undoubtedly have read about by now. A father of eight killed driving his wife to the hospital to deliver that eighth child.  A GoFundMe site is up and running and I gladly link to it now.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord. May perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

And may Our Lord and Lady make their presence felt with his poor family.

13 April 2015

Thou Hast Protected Me, O God

I would like to take a moment to mark the day-- the tenth anniversary of what I have described before as my "Damascus Road" moment with regard to the traditional Mass.  I covered the process of this deeper conversion to the whole of the Church's Tradition in a prior post.

But today marks the actual day that God knocked me off of my horse in the course of a simple Low Mass at St. Agatha's, April 13, 2005.  Here is how I described it that post:

God's grace hit me like a ton of bricks, and I am not ashamed to say that I wept openly.  It felt as though I had finally tapped into the Vine that contains all graces.  I had found the pearl of great price, and would sell everything I owned to possess it. 

I know that the greatness of the Mass does not mean that I am great.  But I am grateful, and will always, God willing, be so.  I thank Him for this sign of His love for me, and for all the other ones, too.  Throughout the last ten years of daily joys and crosses, I have never forgotten that moment.

Today is the Feast of St. Hermenegild.  He was the son of the King of the Visigoths in Spain, and the Arians put him to death for his belief in the dogma of the consubtantiality of the Word of God with the Eternal Father.  A most fitting intercessor that day, for this Mass, and for this dangerous year.  The Introit today resonates with me:

Protexisti me, Deus, a conventu malignantium, alleluja: a multitudine operantium iniquitatem, alleluja, alleluja. * Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam cum deprecor: a timore inimici eripe animam meam.

Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. * Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: free my soul from the fear of the enemy.

May Our Lord, through the intercession of St. Hermenegild and all the saints, continue to guide us all amidst the dangers of life to our heavenly home.


09 April 2015

No Time for Sulking: Heroism Has Become Our Baseline

Christus Surrexit!  

Dear Readers, a blessed Easter to you.  Here I am, back from a mini-break of celebrating Easter, attending to lots of pressing business, and regretting as usual the various volunteer gigs I take on.

I plan on original content soon, but today I simply have to pass along this wonderful article by the great Hilary White over at her blog, Orwell's Picnic.  

The situation is grave, but hey, Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice, and He told us to expect no less. White's piece, The Fantasy of Bitterness, makes the point that what is handed on easily is not valued as something that requires sacrifice.  That, friends, is absolutely true.  But even more true is that we have no time for sulking.  Heroism is the new baseline:


And now the Faith is still there and can still be found, but it is no longer easy. The result of the post-Conciliar catastrophe has been as our friend above said, but it has also created a race of Catholic guerilla fighters of which we are the second and third generation, and who are now going to be called upon to carry the fight forward. The ferocity with which they have acquired and kept the Faith is going to be required by everyone.

There is no more cheap grace to be had for tuppence in all the shops. Now if you want to know what is true, you have to go looking for it, develop your mind and knowledge and exercise your intellect and will, which faculties had become nearly atrophied in the immediate pre-conciliar period. Now just getting to know what you need to know to be a merely practising Catholic requires almost heroic effort of will and powers of investigation, as well as taking the trouble to learn to tell the truth from the sweet lies nearly all the parishes and priests are peddling. Heroism has, essentially, become our baseline.


And then you have to exercise those muscles of will to hold on to it as the World turns on you like a horde of screaming savages. In a situation like this one, the people who know and hold to the Faith are the Charles Atlas of the Catholic world. And it is going to be true very soon that they are going to require all that strength to stand up to what is coming at us. Anger can be the fuel for much of the fire in the blood required to get this far, but indulging in bitterness is really just a means of avoiding the fight. "Bitterness" is really just a fancy word for sulking, and right now, if you are indulging it, you're sulking while everyone else is fighting a war. It's a variety of self-indulgence that we have no spare resources for.

[...]

One of the terrors of Traditionalism is that we learn at some point that the Faith makes a totally uncompromising demand. It is this choice that the happy-clappy Kasperian Church wants to hide and banish. But we are coming to a time in which heroism is going to be only the first rung, the bare minimum requirement to save our souls. Ours is a fearsome Faith, and the kind of choices my friend made are going to be forced on more and more of us. We can't expect everyone to make the right one.

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A big thank you to Miss White for saying things like this so well.


05 April 2015

Christ is Victorious over Death


Nolite expavescere Iesum quaeritis Nazarenum crucifixum surrexit non est hic. Ecce locus ubi posuerunt eum.

Sed ite et dicite discipulis eius et Petro quia praecedit vos in Galilaeam ibi eum videbitis sicut dixit vobis.

Blessed Easter to you, dear readers!

03 April 2015

Consummatum Est

As an aside, I wanted to make sure to link to two excellent, excellent posts by Ann Barnhardt covering some points to ponder for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.  Some very good insights at both.

02 April 2015

Holy Thursday

Only a relationship with the One who is himself Life can preserve my life beyond the floodwaters of death, can bring me through them alive. Already in Greek philosophy we encounter the idea that man can find eternal life if he clings to what is indestructible -- to truth, which is eternal. He needs, as it were, to be full of truth in order to bear within himself the stuff of eternity. 

But only if truth is a Person, can it lead me through the night of death. 

We cling to God -- to Jesus Christ the Risen One. And thus we are led by the One who is himself Life. In this relationship we too live by passing through death, since we are not forsaken by the One who is himself Life.

--  Pope Benedict XVI, from his Homily for Holy Thursday, 2010

Triduum Schedule at St. Francis de Sales Oratory:

Thursday, April 2 - Maundy Thursday

5:30pm Confessions
6:30pm High Mass,
Procession to the Repository
Adoration until Midnight

Friday, April 3 - Good Friday

8am Stations of the Cross
2pm-6:30pm Confessions
3pm Liturgy of the Passion & Death of Our Lord

Saturday, April 4 - Holy Saturday

8pm Confessions
9pm Easter Vigil, Solemn High Mass,
followed by Blessing of Easter food
(Bread, Eggs ...)

Sunday, April 5 - Easter Sunday

8am Low Mass; 10am High Mass

01 April 2015

Spy Wednesday: On the Threshold of the Triduum

On the very eve of His death, Jesus says to His disciples: "You are they who have continued with me in my trials"; and He immediately adds that, in return, He prepares for them a kingdom, as His Father has prepared one for Him: "As my Father appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you." This divine promise applies equally to us. If we have stayed with Jesus in His trials, if with faith and love we have often contemplated his sufferings, Christ will come, when our last hour sounds, to take us with Him that we may enter into the kingdom of His Father.

The day will arrive, sooner than we think, when death will be close to us. We shall be stretched out on our bed, without movement. Those around us will be looking at us, silent in their powerlessness to help us. We shall no longer have any vital contact with the outside world; our soul will be one-to-one with Christ. We shall know then what "staying with Him in His trials" is; we shall understand Him when He says to us, supreme and decisive, in that agony which is now ours: "You never left me in my agony; you accompanied me when I went to Calvary to die for you. Here I am now; I am near you, to help you, to take you with me. Do not be afraid, have confidence, I am here!": "It is I, fear not." We shall then repeat, in full assurance, the words of the Psalmist: O Lord, though the very shadow of death surrounds me already, I "fear no evil, for you are with me."

--from Christ in His Mysteries, by Blessed Columba Marmion

Light blogging until next week. Have a blessed and holy Triduum.