About three years ago, Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered in Phoenix and another priest badly injured by assault. Pray for Fr. Walker. RIP.
At that time I posted the following, which seems no less urgent today than it did then. Indeed, it could be more urgent still, given the trajectory of current events.
Reverend gentlemen, the murder of one priest and the assault on another in Phoenix compels me to remind you to…
GO TO CONFESSION.
Our schedules are busy. Sometimes we have to drive even farther than lay people. But go to confession. Take the time to do this for yourself. Much has been given to us. Our accounting before God will be more severe than that of lay people.
Let us not forget the petition in the Litany of Saints:
“A subitanea et improvisa morte… From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.”
Moreover, consider well your living conditions and security.
If you haven’t done so yet, begin to develop a situational awareness. Seek advice from professionals.
This is not just a matter of personal concern. It is also a concern for those who depend on you for the sacraments. A priest in the ground or in the hospital is one priest fewer to see to the spiritual needs of people in these darkening times.
You, Fathers, are a precious resource, only slowly “renewable”.
If you are not concerned for the sake of your own person, be concerned for the sake of those who need you.
I might now add to seek, along with advice, perhaps also training.