Your Good News

It has been a while since we’ve heard your good news.

What’s up?

For my part, I am still on the mend.   I’ve also been delving more into the Old Testament.

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  1. MaximilianAugustine says:

    Today, the Chamber od Deputies of my country declined (by a 75% majority) to even reopen discussions about a law legalising gay marriage. It’s not that the politicans have such well-formed conscience, they just don’t care since there are much more effective ways to win voters around here, but I’m happy nevertheless.

  2. ghladum says:

    Hi Fr. Z, it’s been years since I’ve posted, but I am very happy to mention here that St. Joseph has been helping our new family (my wife and I were married on Dec 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a couple of months ago!) to find a nice home near where I’ve grown up. We have long held a devotion to the Sacred Heart (I proposed to my wife on that feast day in June, which was done at the Sacred Heart church in downtown Tampa, FL while on vacation). St. Joseph’s involvement not only “completes” the Holy Family’s involvement in our family in a special way, but also I have long felt a calling to have a more serious devotion to St. Joseph, and feeling the help of Jesus’ foster-father in our lives has given me a more accessible way to interface with him, for which I am grateful. I do believe he is calling me to be a good, loving and selfless family leader. Even if the home should fall through (it’s not final just yet, and it’s just a building after all), I am thankful for the peace and immediacy of how quickly it seems our prayers to him were answered through his intercession. Deo gratias!!

  3. beelady says:

    Thank you for praying for my husband and his heart problems.
    We received excellent news about two weeks ago.
    His test results were so favorable that he can continue working and won’t need further testing or appointments for a year!

  4. I’ve been accepted to nursing school, and, after thinking the program was full and I was on the waiting list, I found that was not the case and may very well be starting in September.

  5. monscarmeli says:

    There seems to be an increasing amount of press coverage (Catholic press, and even some secular) given to the positive growth of the Latin Mass and even the positive benefits of it. I take it as a sign that, especially given the tumultuous spiritual climate of our day, people are more and more waking up to the reality that we NEED the Mass of the Ages.

  6. jhayes says:

    We had a “Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of. Anointing of the Sick” at this Sunday’s Mass.
    There seemed to be an unusual number of walkers and rollators stored along the walls and more buses than usual from retirement communities. Rather than people going forward to the altar, those who wanted to receive the sacrament stood in the aisles at the end of their pews and two priests, vested for Mass, moved down the aisles administering the Sacrament to each person. This happened before the Offertory

    There were an unusual number of elderly people at this Mass and it appeared that about half the congregation received the Sacrament.

    It’s the first time I have seen this Communal Celebration. Do other parishes do this regularly?

  7. zag4christ says:

    We just finished our annual Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes for Healing, (She is the patroness of our diocese here in Spokane). It began with a solemn opening led by our bishop Thomas Daly, whose homily focused on his experiences of his many pilgrimages to Lourdes, followed by 7 days of homilies by diocesan priests, a good Jesuit, the Cathedral’s rector and vicar and finally a solemn closing led by Bishop Daly. Each service had its own theme. They included prayer intentions for cancer patients, prayers for our military veterans, Mary as our model, companion and hope, focusing on gratitude to God and to Mary… Our Cathedral choir, members of the Spokane Symphony and participants sang hymns to our Trinitarian God and the Blessed Virgin in both english and latin. I have had the Grace to participate for the last 20 years and I must say that if numbers of participants are any indication, our prayers for the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes are being answered.
    In Bishop Daly’s closing remarks, he asked that we pray especially for the return of fallen away Catholics, for an increase in vocations among the youth of our diocese (reminding us of Our Lady of Lourdes request of the children to pray a sixth decade for vocations) and finally for prayers for the bishops and Pope Francis that they may truly address the scandal and tragedy that is occuring in the Church at present.
    Peace and God bless,
    Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for our priests and bishops, and for us.

  8. jaykay says:

    Good to hear you’re on the mend, Father. We’ve just commenced preparations for our Chartres pilgrimage and thankfully a good number has responded already, with some old faces rejoining, all experienced. Last year was unfortunately very low in numbers and it was difficult, so this is heartening news.

  9. Anneliese says:

    My good friend, a Dominican friar, was accepted by Catholic University to study Canon law. He’s excited and pleased because he was previously attending school in Canada but was asked to put that on hold and move back to the U.S. to help out at a couple of parishes in Chicago. From what I’ve read online, the brothers in D.C. are a good group. Now, we’re just praying he can get the money to fund his degree program. I personally don’t have good news in my own life. I do hope that will change soon.

  10. THREEHEARTS says:

    for the old testament Fr i rely on, “theology of the old testament” by dr paul heinisch
    “salvation is from the jews” a jewish convert called schroeder

  11. In general this is a very bad idea. The sacrament isn’t to be given out like candy. There are conditions for its reception.

  12. Mxpxlcp55 says:

    I am a director of religious education and one of the adult confirmation students wants to be married within the Church. Her husband has been unable to attend classes for his confirmation due to his job schedule. Our new pastor whom we have had since July met with these two adults and is willing to teach and prepare the husband for the sacrament prior to their wedding since we have had classes since September. They will meet every Saturday for two hours until June in preparation. Praise God for our priest willing to take this time for one person. It made my day. I made sure to let Father know that as well.

  13. JustaSinner says:

    My cnc laser cutter from China arrived in Port Rupert, BC.

  14. mikeinmo says:

    My wife had heart surgery today to replace her mitral valve and her aortic valve. Many people were praying for success. According to the surgeon, the procedure was “smooth” and took less time than he predicted. Thanks be to God………..

    Before surgery, the surgeon met with us to go over procedures, and to answer our questions. Before he left the room, I asked him to stay for a minute. I held my wife’s left hand and started to say the Lord’s Prayer. The surgeon immediately held my wife’s right hand. I also prayed for a successful outcome, and for God to guide the good surgeon and his helpers. Shortly afterwards, my wife was taken to the OR. After surgery, the surgeon told me all went well. I said the someone “up there” had answered our prayers. The surgeon answered “We need all the help we can get.” Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

  15. raven31 says:

    My school administration approved an official Latin Mass club, and the campus chaplain confirmed that a TLM at the school is on its way, though no timeframe has been given.

  16. andia says:

    I walked away from a crash that I should have died from. I was t boned by a Large Dodge Pickup with tubular grill guards — with a brush burn on my head and bruises. The Car was so totaled that the frame bent and they EMTs had to cut me out and by the grace of God I walked out. My sister who was on the phone with me at the time and came in time to see me cut out tells me the Police, Firemen and EMTs were all amazed when I calmly picked up my purse – grabbed my coffee cup and my adoration journal and stood up and walked away — I am convince that God the Father, Jesus and Mary all held me in their hands for this miracle.

  17. Gab says:

    Good news? God has given me another day to do better and do penance.

  18. mikeh says:

    Ave, Pater: Our parish priest has recovered from hip replacement surgery and is back celebrating the Mass (Novus Ordo). I’m studying Patristics autodidactically. The snow has stopped, the skies are brightening. All good news.

  19. jhayes says:

    In looking futher into this, I have found that it is authorized by the Code of Canon Law and not
    somehing invented locally.

    Can. 1002 The communal celebration of the anointing of the sick for many of the sick at once, who have been suitably prepared and are properly disposed, can be performed according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop.

    [“who have been suitably prepared and properly disposed”]

  20. Supertradmum says:

    Going into my third year battling stage four cancer, although it has spread. I am still working on writing books, except when I am too tired and in too much pain, but persevering. The best news is that I am in God’s pocket, not being able to see out of the darkness of that “pocket,” but absolutely assured He is taking me on a journey. Prayers, please, as I know I have to face the worst to come, unless God grants me a healing. Keep praying to Carlo Acutis, who I shared with you all on this blog to join me in this intention. Thanks for being here, Fr. Z. Nice to read your good words.

  21. Spinmamma says:

    Supertradmum, I am so sorry for your suffering and, at the same time, inspired by your grace and faith. I lost a dear sister to cancer a year and a half ago, who had your same courage and faith and continued to work on her projects right up to the last few days of her life. Bless you, and my daily rosary will be said for you. Love to you across the internet.

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