UPDATE: 26 March
Time has been changed to noon MDT. Still at the Denver Cathedral with
an FSSP celebrant.
the link for livestream is
Originally Published on: Mar 24, 2021
Recently there was a terrible mass shooting in
Boulder, CO perpetrated by a adherent of the Religion of Peace.
One of the victims was a Boulder Police Officer, Eric Talley, 11 year vet, 51 years old, husband, father of 7. He responded to the incident and he was killed.
Officer Talley and family belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, staffed by priests of the FSSP, including my friend Fr. Jackson, author of the fine book Nothing Superfluous. The family attended the Traditional Latin Mass there.
I am told that there will be a Solemn Requiem Mass for Talley at the Denver Catholic on Monday at 1430 (Mountain).
I wonder if I didn’t meet Talley when I was at their parish for Forty Hours a few years ago. I met a lot of great people.
This incident reminds us all that we do not know the time or place of our death. It could be far off in terms of swiftly flying earthly years. It could be in your very next breath and before you read another word of this post.
One of the most poignant and important petitions in the Litany of Saints is our plea to God:
A subitanea et improvisa morte, libera nos, Domine.
From a sudden and unprovided death, save us, O Lord.
Sudden death is one thing. It can be a grace, as opposed to a long, drawn out agony. On the other hand, for some people the long agony is a grace, for it gives them the chance to repent and offer their suffering in reparation for their sins.
So, sudden or foreseen or long or quick… that’s one thing.
Unprovided is another.
An “unprovided” death is a death without access to the last sacraments, especially absolution from a priest.
That’s a scary thought…. especially if you haven’t been to confession for a long time.
When did you last go to confession?
Dear readers, one of the main reason I put myself into this blog, my force multiplier, is because every single one of you is going to die.
I want every one of you to enjoy the happiness of heaven.
Some of you, however, haven’t darkened the door of a confessional for a long time.
I tremble for you.
I beg you.
GO TO CONFESSION.
It might be your last.
This is one of the reasons why I pray for my enemies and ask God to help me forgive them. Even today, I’ve been told that I was attacked again online by a troubled person who often spreads lies about me in a public forum.
I take seriously what the Lord says. If we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. If you have problems with someone, do your best to work them out while you can.
This is also why I often use the prayers during Holy Mass “for a good death”.
Preparing and praying for a good death – for ourselves and for our neighbors – is one of the most important things we can do AS CATHOLICS, as followers of Christ.