I share hereunder a note I received from one of you readers after my own post-synodal exhortation not to give up any ground in the Synod’s wake. We must persevere! In the face of what seem like decreasingly favorable odds, we must persevere.
From the reader (with permission):
Dr. Fr. Z., Yes, persevere! Do not give up in preaching the truth!
Souls are being saved by faithful priests. I know. My dear husband
left The Church 7 years into our marriage. Protestant co-workers
“enlightened” his mind and he discovered the “truth” in the protestant
church. He did his best to preach to me, ridicule me and the Catholic
Church, and recruit me and our young children to follow his path. I
refused. My own faith was ignited. I persevered in prayer and daily
Mass and rosary. I did not waver. Fought depression and panic attacks.
But stayed the course, clutching my rosary every step of the way. 25
YEARS WENT BY like this! Then, in Advent 2012, my husband went to Mass
and heard a powerful homily on the 4 Last Things. He went to
confession the next morning and received Jesus at Mass the following
day, for the first time in 25 years! Oh, how good God is! Yes, I
wanted to leave him during those difficult years. Our marriage was
terribly lonely and empty. He did not live up to his vows. He
endangered my faith and the faith of our children. But.. I stuck with
it and persevered by God’s grace and ONLY by God’s grace. My husband
is back and we celebrated 34 years of marriage this past August. And
so, Fr. Z, preach the truth! It matters! Don’t waver! Don’t give up!
People are listening! Souls are being saved! God bless you and all the
other faithful priests who are not afraid to do the right thing. As I
finish this email, I begin a rosary for you…for wisdom and courage
and perseverance to firmly adhere to what is true and good and