UPDATE: How I feel right now.

The other day I posted about how I feel these days, through a photo of a Solemn Mass being celebrated in the ruins of a church bombed in WW2.

May I update?

Here is how I still feel. Notice that there is a significant upgrade in my attitude as well as a significant downgrade in the assessment of my surroundings.

Bishop Michael Wasaburo Urukawa offers Mass in the ruins of the cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan – 23 November 1945.


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  1. Marion Ancilla Mariae II says:

    Thanks for all you do for us, Father. Please continue to hang in there, as we the laity continue to do so. What else can we do? For He who is the Head of the Church has the words of everlasting life!
    Jesus, our Triumph! Mary, our Joy!

  2. frodo says:

    Bless you Father. Brick by Brick. And thank you for the help in logging back in.

  3. Julia_Augusta says:

    Thank you, Father. It’s easy to get carried away by emotion, to feel despair. I always think about Lazarus who had been dead for 4 days. His sisters were overwhelmed by sorrow. But Our Lord showed them that nothing is impossible for Him. And because Martha and Mary had great faith in Him, He raised Lazarus from the dead. So it is with the Church and with the tragedies in our own lives.
    When one considers the destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, one is tempted to believe that there can be no God. But terrible events should deepen our Faith, not erode it. Easy to say, hard to do.

  4. Spinmamma says:

    A mass being said in the ruins of a great city–new green tendrils growing up in a wasteland. As at the moment of Christ’s death all seemed lost; instead all was made new. Perhaps the great material and historic treasures of the Church may be lost, and we will all have to go back to meeting in private homes or caves, with one dear priest to offer Mass but the real treasure of the Church will never be lost. In the meantime, I’m keeping my old published version of the Catechism, and praying my rosary and for all of the clergy, especially the faithful ones who have not deserted Holy Mother Church. And a special prayer for you, Father Z, that you may feel the love and support of your digital flock as well as your immediate one.

  5. Fr. Reader says:

    Father, thank you very much for this picture.

  6. teomatteo says:

    The mitre rises above the ruins as it always has and always will. The twelve are before the altar in heaven bringing our prayers before Him. Hope yes.

  7. erick says:

    Let us pray Psalm 80:

    Turn back, O God of hosts,
    look down from heaven and tend this vine.
    Protect the vine, for your right hand planted it;
    and the son of man, whom you made strong.
    The vine is burnt and dug up;
    and they too will perish when they see you rebuke them.
    Stretch out your hand over your chosen one
    over the son of man, whom you made strong –
    and we will not forsake you, and you will give us life;
    and we will call on your name.
    Bring us back, Lord God of hosts:
    let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

  8. Markus says:

    When one is Confirmed, one gets a slap on the cheek by the bishop (at least I was). Little did I know that it was a foreshadowing.

    On the other hand, how can it compare to what the saints and martyrs experienced?

  9. Andrew says:

    And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn me? How long will they refuse to believe in me, despite all the signs I have performed among them? I will strike them with pestilence and wipe them out. Then I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” But Moses said to the Lord: [] “Pardon the wickedness of this people in keeping with your great kindness, even as you have forgiven them from Egypt until now.” (Numbers, chpt. 19)

    [Jesus said to them:] “how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you?” (St. Mark, chpt. 9)

  10. Chris in Maryland 2 says:


    “My power is made perfect in weakness.”

  11. siculocatholic says:

    From a Lutheran pastor who used the same pic. I know he’s Lutheran but what he says about the pic and worship rings true.


  12. Father Z, thou hast writ:

    “The other day I posted about how I feel these days, through a photo of a Solemn Mass being celebrated in the ruins of a church bombed in WW2.”

    I have seen this photo from time to time, as I am sure others have. Do you know what this church is and where? (Cologne, perhaps?)

    Thank you in advance.

  13. Semper Gumby says:

    Motivating photos in these two posts.

    “We win. They lose.”
    -Ronald Reagan when asked about his policy towards the Soviet Union.

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