How I feel right now.

No. Way. The. Enemy. Wins.

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  1. Chuck Ludd says:

    Cheers to that. This simple post is the most hopeful thing I’ve read in the past couple days.

    Thank you.

  2. Adam Michael says:

    Amen. The true Faith shines brightest in the darkest night.

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    Yes indeedy, thank you Fr. Z. We feel the same way. There have been plenty of role models, including good, holy priests. These times are especially hard on them.

  4. Elizabeth D says:


    Saint Peter Damian, pray for us!

    There is another disturbing allegation I saw on Rorate Caeli blog about someone who it sounds like should have been sentenced to prayer and serious penance and instead was appointed to a high up role.


  5. Andreas says:

    Many thanks for this, Father Z! I very much needed this reminder of hope after having earlier today read of the latest ‘art’ project permitted by our new Bishop (of whom you wrote some months ago) to grace the temporary facade of our cathedral: „Solange Gott einen Bart hat, bin ich Feminist“ (

  6. yatzer says:

    Right there with you Father. Thanks for the image that expresses so much.

  7. jdt2 says:

    Thank you, Faher. Picture says it all.

    Holy Mother of God, please protect the Church from the wolves.

  8. Gaetano says:

    My inspiration recently has been the various images of Christ Cleansing the Temple.

    When we ask WWJD, overturning table and whipping people is a viable option.

  9. HighMass says:

    One can only remember Our Lady’s prophecy at Fatima, in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph! Seems like we are living in a time Her Triumph is so badly needed.

    Our Lady of Fatima Pray for Us!!!

  10. capchoirgirl says:


    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

  11. Facta Non Verba says:

    Great photo! Where was it taken?

  12. CanukFrank says:

    Thanks for that, Fr. Z! It sums it up, for me. In the ‘first round’ of scandals in 2001/2 I basically lost my Faith, scorned it, stopped practising, going to mass, ridiculing it, etc. In fact, I did what I could to to denigrate and pull down the Faith, too. In the process, I believe, I turned the rest of my family off “religion”. Over the last 2-3 years I’ve returned to the Faith, feel stronger and more robust in both understanding, appreciation and practice. Sadly, the rest of my family doesn’t. I can only live by my example as “talking” about it only causes friction at home, now, and realize the consequences of my sneering and mockery. For what has happened in my past I have no control over, I can only pick my way through the pieces and rebuild one day at a time. It will all come together in God’s good time not mine. For this “second round” of scandals? I will not let these rancid perverts in high authority affect me again. With God’s Good grace I feel like I am walking and living amongst ruins pictured EXACTLY as the one you’ve included.

  13. Benedict Joseph says:

    In a nut shell.
    The blitz ain’t over.
    Keep flack jackets at hand and helmets on.
    Hopefully the individuals who require a shaking up will have there feet on the ground and perceive what is transpiring. Up to now they appear to be oblivious and hanging in a hammock. Or maybe there is an element who perceives this as the proper moment for more undermining of the perennial Magisterium? Don’t put it past them.
    First at Rorate:
    Well that took the mystery out of things.
    No wonder Cardinal Concubinage Ticona raised so few eyebrows. He barely sticks out in the crowd. With the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report to be released in a few weeks who knows what we will be swimming in.

  14. bibi1003 says:

    Elizabeth D, do you know the name of the appointed person?

  15. Elizabeth D says:

    bibi1003, there is a particular name being alleged on the internet and let’s not state it here, known facts imply it may be true but we don’t have the evidence. Rorate is apparently attempting to pursue it with the Vatican.

  16. LeeGilbert says:

    “Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem like nothing in your eyes? But now take courage . . .all you people . . .and work! For I am with you says the Lord of Hosts. . . . Greater will be the future glory of this house than the former, says the Lord of Hosts.” Aggai 2:3 et ff.

    Yes, I remember the church packed Mass after Mass on Sunday morning as the ushers went up and down the aisles to find a space somewhere for latecomers to squeeze in, and people left standing in the back. I remember our Catholic schools overflowing with children and the wonderful nuns who taught us. I remember priests thundering God’s law from the pulpit with great authority, the confession lines on Saturday night, the Friday abstinence, the Eucharistic fast from midnight, the Lenten fast, all the disciplines of a holy people, the family rosary, the missions given by saintly priests, the prevalence of grace, a priesthood respected and heeded,

    But now, a priest saying Mass in a bombed out German church is the perfect image of our situation. Now, all is shame and loss. Loss after loss after loss. Heartrending unending shame.

    And yet, not far in the future, it is easy, very easy to imagine and even foresee the Divine “twitch upon the thread.” Things are being set up, permitted, aligned and positioned to bring about massive repentance. Yes, I think we will see it in our lifetimes.

  17. revueltos67 says:

    My new pic and computer screen background.

  18. Andy_P says:

    Thank you Father.
    I pray for courageous priests.

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