Post by RitaMarita on Mar 27, 2019 15:37:43 GMT -5
An official Email from Father Ahern:
There have been multiple reports and requests for information concerning the illness of Father Joseph Collins, and there is some variety of detail in circulation. The interest is an indication of your charity, and I hope that this update will bring some relief, and encourage you to prayer. Over the past year, Father Collins has undergone an uncharacteristic weight loss. Coming into March, he exhibited signs of jaundice, and on March 17 had great difficulty in offering Mass. A physical exam revealed a severely enlarged liver, then a CT scan indicated a blockage in the outlet of the liver. On Tuesday of this week, a full analysis of the CT scan revealed pancreatic cancer, with tumors on the liver and other cancer in the lymphatic system, and perhaps elsewhere. With all of this, Father Collins is able to get around, pray his Breviary, and consider offering Mass. His spirits are good, though he has considerable fatigue, and is quite aware of the gravity of his situation. He is encouraged and consoled by the many prayers of the faithful and brother clergy. There is a plan to do an outpatient procedure by which a stent will be inserted to open the bile duct, drain the liver, and relieve the jaundice symptoms. Treatment options for the cancer are limited, and of limited efficacy. Father Collins has received Extreme Unction, and will have ongoing access to the other sacraments as the need arises. How much longer in this vale of tears? From several weeks to a few months: a merciful amount of time in which to prepare for the last hour. What about Father's physical needs? With the offers of help, and plans being developed, he should be able to stay, and be cared for, at St. Michael's Rectory in Glenmont, NY. What can I do? Prayers, particularly an extra Rosary, and whatever else you can manage. Also, some serious spiritual preparation for your own last hour, which is all the more fitting in Lent. Can I email Father Collins? Not directly, but I will do my best to funnel messages to him. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org, and put Father's name in the subject line. You can also ask to be included in updates from me, though I realize that there are several other kindly conduits of information. Yours in Christ our Savior, - Fr. Daniel Ahern
"Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine."
This is such a sorrow but we are praying for him, and it is a reminder of our own end.
He is our family's favorite priest. We have known him for almost 20 years. He baptized one of my children and more. I am happy for him that he can prepare to go to his Eternal Reward but so sad...he's the best priest in the world.
Benjamin: But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
Apr 11, 2021 7:31:20 GMT -5
Pacelli: Lawsuits are very unfortunate, I agree. The money should not have been taken in the first place, or paid back once the canons were made clear that it could not have been taken, and it could have easily been avoided.
Apr 11, 2021 7:47:28 GMT -5
EricH: Hi Benjamin, perhaps it would have been better if I didn't file the lawsuit, but the Church doesn't teach that Catholics should avoid using the secular legal system.
Apr 11, 2021 10:48:35 GMT -5
EricH: I would have been happy to submit the matter to the judgment of a wise man who could judge between brethren. That is infinitely better than the secular legal system.
Apr 11, 2021 10:50:31 GMT -5
Benjamin: EricH-> Paul doesn't teach that believers should avoid using the secular legal system. In fact, Paul in Romans 13 makes it very clear that this very system is unavoidable.
Apr 11, 2021 19:50:18 GMT -5
Benjamin: Paul here, is exposing the rotten condition of the hearts of his brethren. By his rebuke, he's not forbidding them to use it (legal system), rather he explains how wicked and ungodly it is to expect justice from an unjust system run by non-believers.
Apr 11, 2021 19:59:56 GMT -5
Clotilde: That’s just so infuriatingly unjust. I know you’ve made peace, Eric. But still! I cannot fathom doing what they did. Thank you for warning others.
Apr 11, 2021 20:04:02 GMT -5
Benjamin: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Apr 11, 2021 20:04:13 GMT -5
Benjamin: EricH-> I'll check out and the read the letter maybe tonight.
Apr 11, 2021 20:06:43 GMT -5
EricH: Thanks Clotilde and Benjamin
Apr 15, 2021 15:12:29 GMT -5
Benjamin: I like you guys. I will probably join this forum. I'm seriously thinking about becoming Catholic. I now know for sure that Protestantism is false. Where do I begin if all the Churches/Priests are corrupt? Am I too late??? I am scared and I fear the LORD...
Apr 16, 2021 17:14:59 GMT -5
Benjamin-01: P.S. EricH: I am sorry for what happened to you. I gather though, that these experiences have made you more resilient. Peace
Apr 16, 2021 18:02:26 GMT -5
Benjamin-01: And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. (Exodus 20:20)
Apr 16, 2021 18:23:56 GMT -5
Pacelli: Benjamin, you are not to late. Clearly God is moving you or you would not be open to this. The state of the Church is complicated right now, but it is still intact and the four marks are present, it's just harder to find right now.
Apr 16, 2021 18:51:54 GMT -5
Benjamin-01: Pacelli -> You got that part right! I've been looking for it (The TRUE Church) for seven (7) years...
Apr 16, 2021 22:33:10 GMT -5
inquirer: Hello Mr.Gadjewski. I am interested in the SSPX but am hesitant to make any steps towards involvement unless a couple of basic points can be clarified and I hope you would be able to help me to understand since you are an authority on the subject. 1) does
May 29, 2021 8:46:35 GMT -5
Pacelli: I think you have the wrong forum. There is no member here named Mr. Gadjewski.
May 29, 2021 10:46:09 GMT -5