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  1. un-ionized says:

    I was not up to going out much this weekend but had a restful prayerful long weekend. Preparing for a trip (I hope) to my archabbey getaway place in two weeks. Recovering from my escape from meltdown parish. Soon the groove will be back.

  2. Marlon says:

    A week ago today I underwent successful hip replacement surgery. I am now walking around with a walker but without pain. Deo gratias!

  3. eyeclinic says:

    Learned about a new beer-NITRO milk stout. 16yo waitress came to the table with adult beverage, promptly turned the bottle upside down in the glass, and began a tabasco-shake up-and-down like only a teen could do. The brew filled the glass without overflowing, and the velvety first quaff was heavenly. I was anticipating a lap full of beer. God was laughing at me. Life was good.

  4. KateD says:

    I am reluctant to over-share specifics on-line…..

    Suffice it to say we are experiencing a period where our prayers have been answered to the most minute unspoken interior yearnings of our hearts and we are hopeful that our situation will continue to improve…..this following a period where we felt like we were banging our heads against a wall, or walking up a slippery slope. We just couldn’t get any traction and it was painful. It went from bad to worse to, “are you kidding me?!?”

    My teen age daughter banned me from saying, “Can….you…..believe…..this???”

    At a point, the words, “40 years I endured that generation…” jumped off the page and I thought about Meribah and Massah and just the overall attitude of the people. They were thirsty, He gave them water; they were hungry He gave them mana from Heaven. Tired of mana they wanted some meat, He filled the air with quail. Yet they continued to complain, and never maintained gratefulness for all that He had done for them. Granted they had plenty of discomfort….

    But He was with them.

    We realized, we were doing that, lacking gratitude, complaining all the time and always demanding more, more, more. And lacking trust, even though he was with us….everyday at Mass, in the Eucharist. So we made a conscious decision, despite the hardships were were enduring, to be sincerely grateful for that which God was providing (a roof, safety, food, our health), and to delight in these things. Also, we tried to be more aware that what may seem like difficulty (ie, jumping up in the middle of the night and fleeing) might be necessary to save the lives of the family, though one may not sense the immediate danger.

    It’s difficult to have faith and trust that if we place our selves in His care, God has a plan. But when we did, our lives immediately took a 180 degree turn.

    Maybe it’s coincidence….

  5. MattH says:

    My oldest child received her first Holy Communion this Sunday.

  6. Henry Edwards says:

    Back in 2005 a high school senior named Michael Hendershott was one of the first pair of altar servers recruited for our then-new indult Mass in Knoxville (TN), and he served at the altar for our first modern-era traditional Latin Mass here. After study in the intervening years at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, and the final three years at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Richard Stika on June 27, 2015, and the following day celebrated his first solemn high Mass here in Knoxville (photos here). This past year, Fr. Michael Hendershott returned to Rome for a further year of theological study and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Now he is returning to Knoxville as chaplain at Knoxville Catholic High School and associate pastor at Knoxville’s Holy Ghost Church where the traditional Latin Mass is celebrated (in addition to four other diocesan parishes where a half dozen diocesan priests now celebrate EF Mass regularly). It is a happy index of the progress and maturity gained by the Knoxville Latin Mass community under 11 years of inspiring leadership and spiritual devotion by Fr. John Arthur Orr–that one of our first two altar servers will now be our community’s first “home-grown” Latin Mass celebrant—“brick by brick in Knoxville” (more here).

  7. Paulo says:

    It’s my son’s birthday. Welcome to the double digits, kid!

  8. Jack in NH says:

    I posted this in “Brick by brick in Ohio”, but I’ll do it again here so folks will see it. It’s better than “good”, no?
    The Dioscese of Manchester (NH) is going to reopen a church (!) in Nashua dedicated specifically to the TLM! It is St. Stanislaus Church; I think the Church elders are beginning to pay attention.

  9. APX says:

    This Friday I’m giving my entire life to Jesus!

  10. APX says:

    I’ll add to my good news, if you could keep me in your prayers that would be greatly appreciated.

  11. robtbrown says:

    I was told last night that the FSSP will staff the church in Nashua

  12. Persistant says:

    Like I’ve announced in one of previous “your good news” editions, cardinal Sarah is in town! :)

  13. VexillaRegis says:

    My husband helped a mother in her March for life :-). On his way home the other night, he saw a mother-cat with a little one in her mouth crossing the highroad. He stopped, turned the hazard lights on, jumped out of his car and started waving at passing cars to slow down. Mother Cat managed to carry all her kittens safely cross the highway! Dear husband saved five furry black-and-white lives :-) :-)!

  14. FranzJosf says:

    Last Sunday, just as I was parking my car to meet friends for Sunday Lunch in North Adams, Mass., a Eucharist Procession appeared, passing only about 20 feet away from me. I couldn’t believe it. So I knelt down, made the sign of the cross, and said a little prayer. A nice lady from the Procession gave me a rose. They continued on reciting the Rosary and singing. I stayed until they were out of sight. What a wonderful thing, where I least expected it!

  15. Mike says:

    A long-time friend who is a baptized Catholic, and until recently a professed atheist and libertine, stunned me yesterday evening with the news that he has begun attending Mass again. Please pray with me that he return to the Sacraments and become reconciled with the Faith. (I’ve been praying for him and many other lapsed family, friends, and acquaintances at Holy Mass, with confidence that hearts will soften in God’s good time: just, as they say, saying.)

  16. comedyeye says:

    The Archdiocese of Detroit is planning a huge synod for this Fall

    “What we are attempting is nothing less than a radical overhaul of the Church in Detroit, a complete reversal of our focus from an inward, or maintenance-focused church, to outward, or mission-focused church.”

  17. Nan says:

    Nine priests ordained in St Paul on Saturday. Eight for the archdiocese and one for Pro Ecclesia Sancta. Blessings received from two of the new priests. Priest friend from Ghana is in town for medical reasons that coincided with ordinations. Please pray for his medical problems to be resolved.

  18. Mary Jane says:

    Hubby proposed to me 7 years ago today!

  19. Vince K says:

    My brother was ordained a priest on Saturday for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal by Cardinal Dolan in St. Patrick’s Cathedral (front row seats!) and my daughter, his goddaughter, will be receiving her First Holy Communion at his Mass of Thanksgiving this Sunday.

  20. jameeka says:

    I love all the good news!
    APX: as I was reading your post, was also listening to podcaZt 43, in which a man started the Hymn “Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all.” Maybe a good omen? I will surely pray for you.
    Henry Edwards: what a powerful story of prayer, patience, and persistence! Congratulations.

  21. I visited my sister for the weekend. On Saturday morning, I wanted to go to Mass, and, of course, in the deep South, Catholic parishes aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, much less ones with Saturday morning Mass, so I identified one that was within an hour of my sister’s home and headed there for 8 AM Mass. At first, I was disappointed to see new construction, but beggars can’t be choosers. I went into the 8-year-old church to discover that it was thoroughly traditional, not round, not barren, included full side altars, a proper choir loft over the main doors, down to the altar rail that actually got used. Okay, it was a Novus Ordo Mass, but it still qualifies as good news.

    For those with further interest,

  22. AvantiBev says:

    Congrats. You are married to a REAL man. Your husband risked his life to save innocent life. What a blessing to share life with such a man.

  23. AvantiBev says:

    I can finally read Father Z’s Roman travel logs without pain and envy infesting my Itala Americana cuore. ?
    I spent 21 lovely April giorni in Italia. Fell in love with Rome. Saw both tiny Calabrian towns where Nonno and Nonna were raised. Found tombs of my grandparents cousins. Met so many wonderful Italians who were so gracious and patient with me and my halting Italian. I don’t know when or how but I shall return…again and again.

  24. Charivari Rob says:

    all sorts of good news…

    – 9 ordained to the priesthood here in Boston
    – my hometown parish received word of priest-staffing decisions that allay fears that they were going to be left, well… not short-handed, but with less flexibility.
    – progress in my Mom’s ongoing medical saga – background medical conditions id’d & under contral so she can concentrate on rehab
    – also with Mom – upon remarking that her nurse’s aide in the hospital bore a strong resemblence to a former parish priest, she found out that the young man, while not related, did know the priest, graduated from the same parochial high school as I did, even was on the same scholarship I had won years earlier, and that he had a friend working at the rehab who he would let know to watch for her!

  25. Nan says:

    Next spiritual direction appointment with lovely spiritual director has been made. Dinner tomorrow with priest friend from Ghana.

  26. KAS says:

    After 13 days of NO internet after three days of horrid off and on internet, Hubby switched us to a different company and we have lovely internet.

    Hubby is outside talking to the other company about their incompetence and he is cancelling them. Then I will send them a letter cancelling them.

  27. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The layman IT guy for the West Coast’s Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Sean Bryan, finished the LA city course on American Ninja Warrior tonight. He’s a former competitive gymnast who’s got a BA in physics and a Masters in Theology; and he’s discerned after 4 years that he’s not meant to be a priest or religious… so go for it, single California Catholic ladies!

    (Heh, don’t see too many ninja competitors with priests in clerics and friars in robes cheering them on….)

  28. Mary Jane says:

    KAS, glad you’re back up and running! My husband and I dealt with a propane company like that a couple years ago…ugh.

  29. Nan says:

    Lovely dinner tonight with priest friend from Ghana and other friend. We were outside on a patio and it was perfect. Father goes for a stress test tomorrow.

    Note that an easy way to get a priest to pray for you is to be the lucky bunny asked to find a seminarian in need of a chalice, thus being the one to get the fun of handing it over and being associated with it each time he uses it. For anyone out there with a stray chalice, please prayerfully consider giving it to a seminarian in need, particularly foreign guys for whom a personal chalice is a luxury, or donating it for mission territory.

    Tonight Father told me that because a chalice is a luxury item, that if he’s assigned to a parish that doesn’t have one, he may donate his. I told him that it’s his and not to feel bad about donating it if he decides to. I just hope nobody is pressuring him to donate it.

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