From a priest reader. My emphases and comments:
Reverend and Dear Father Zuhlsdorf,
Firstly, thank you for your blog, which I enjoy reading very much. I first became aware of it through a search for some or other phrase in the 1970 MR, and I was quite hooked from the moment I cyberstumbled upon it. Good show.
Secondly, I appreciated very much your citation recently of the communication of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (the erstwhile Transalpine Redemptorists). Your simple statement that there are those who "try to spread the gloom" hit dead home with me.
You see, I am a member of a clerical community which is in the process of regularization with the Holy See. As to the specifics of this process, I have precisely no insight as it is being attended to by my superior and the proper authorities. (Having had my fill of bureaucracy in this lifetime, I am quite happy to be out of that particular loop for the time being).
I do, however, interject myself to beg most earnestly your prayers for us (and to ask your readers to pray, also). Be assured that you remain in my own prayers every day.
Part of the problem of the gloomspreaders, in my opinion, is that they seem to think that such regularization is somehow going to "save the Church" in the twinkling of an eye. Well, indeed.
All I can say is that last week I had to give the last sacraments to a seventeen year old girl who had been shot in the head in a drive-by shooting for no discernible reason. I had to comfort as best I could her mother and family when her life signs had finally ceased.
I can not save the Church. I can, if I allow Christ, the High Priest, to work through the nothing that I am, who am yet called to be His priest, exercise in some small way the power of His grace and His sacrifice in the soul of another person. That’s all. [Amen and Amen.]
So your words were comforting. Sometimes, just pointing out the obvious shows how absurd it really is. Let the gloomspreaders glower. I will just continue to be a priest.
(Insert obligatory closure, mutatis mutandis, to semi-humorous effect:) Inclining with a minima minimarum to the sacred black, I remain,
A nice note.
Would you in your kindness stop, right now, and say a St. Michael prayer for these men and this priest in particular?