Back on 8 September I posted something already about the last words of His Eminence Carlo Card. Caffarra. The substance of the words had been related to me by a reliable source.
I now find that Antonio Socci had something more. HERE (My translation.)
Many Catholics in the last few years have look upon Carlo Card. Caffarra as one of the few lights in the present shadows.
A priest confided to me that, in the last few days, he went to see to tell him of his sorrow, referring a few facts, for the daily disaster that we are living in the Church.
The Cardinal burst into tears and told him:
“The Lord will not abandon His Church. There were twelve Apostles, and the Lord will begin again with a few. Imagine the suffering of St. Athanasius who remained the only one to defend the Truth for the love of Christ, of the Church and men. We have to have, faith, hope and fortitude.”
This priest confided in me: “The Cardinal was deeply grieved, but he conveyed to me so much courage and so much love for the Church.
Christ’s promises to the Church must be true. That doesn’t mean that what we get to live in the Church is all beer and skittles. There are times of bloody persecution in the Church’s history. They may come again. There have been times of spiritual upheaval and persecution. They are here again. The Lord reminded us not so much to fear harm to the body, but rather to fear spiritual harm, that can lead us away from God and to perdition.
I get many notes from people who are afraid and angry.
Perhaps read a little less churchy news. Also, when the clamp of frustration tightens, why not sit down with a really good book, such as Scripture and the Catechism of the Council of Trent or the Catechism of the Catholic Church… or any other of a myriad of great resources. Review.. or learn for the first time… the content of the Faith in which you believe, asking the Holy Spirit to increase in you the faith by which you believe, even as Card. Caffarra said at his earthly end.
Calm. Breathe. Pray. Study. Work. Live.