Friday, August 13, 2010

A Blessing in Disguise

Many have expressed how sorry they are at not receiving the outcome I had anticipated yesterday. I see it as a blessing in disguise. On the one hand there will be more time for me to transition on a personal level. On the other, I am already familiar with the parish I will be in.

Take the first blessing: this time at home has been a time of freeing my mind and heart from so many tensions and worries that I needed to let go. But I realize I need to work on some good solid spirituality. I haven't neglected my prayer life or my sacramental life, yet I don't want to let time slip by and start out on shaky ground. Once I get settled into a parish, the pace will pick up considerably. Starting off at a spiritual run makes all the difference.

Second, take the parish I will be in for the next month, St. Pio of Pietrelcina. It is a parish with a pastor and an assistant pastor where the weekend activities can get pretty hectic, but there is time during the week to work on things that I need. I plan on dedicating time to some needed reading, and planning activities that will be beneficial to souls.

I am sure that the Lord has many other blessings in store for me, and I will be open to discover them. But that's where a good solid prayer life comes in. You can't hear if you're not listening.


  1. Padre Pio parish seems like a wonderful opportunity for you, Fr. Jack. You will have the chance to ease yourself into ministering to the lay faithful in a parish setting rather than being dropped into this role hastily.

    May this wonderful and inspiring saint guide your path.

    ATL Granny


  3. freefromrcandhealingAugust 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Father - everything happens for a reason....and I think the extra time is good too. Everything is going to work out according to God's plan. We just have to be patient and like you said....make sure we're listening. So hard sometimes living out - but that's OK.

    God's got big plans for you! Praying for all of your needs. Many blessings.

  4. For those of us who don't speak Spanish, the translation of the ugly comment from Anon at 1:05 is:

    Seems impossible, not today, not tomorrow either, NOR THE DAY AFTER, WHO YOU ARE.
    WHY Do not you dare
    HERE AND IDIOTS reading you and supporting you.

    All I can say is....COWARD!

    ATL Granny

  5. Thanks, ATL Granny for the translation. I wonder sometimes why a blog like this gets some people so bent out of shape. Really, what does it matter if I use my real name or tell you where I am from and where I am going? Or maybe because I am sticking to my guns and waiting until I am in my new parish, like I stated clearly before... After all, that part of my future doesn't depend on me.
    Entonces, que te pasa, hermano? Si quiero esperar hasta que el obispo me designe una paroquia, que importa? Conociendo mi nombre no cambiara el contenido de este blog.

  6. Father, it just points to the visceral hatred that was deliberately imbued into the Movement by MM. How dare anyone speak out against the Legion. For decades, this was the only reaction one could expect. Seems pretty cult-like to me.

    Now there is a new day dawning. Whether the Vatican and Delegate can safely bring the Legion into safe harbor remains to be seen. Those who harbor such hatred towards "traitors" like you will have the hardest time adjusting, I'd imagine.

    Our job is to pray.

    ATL Granny

  7. freefromrcandhealingAugust 13, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Well all I can say is "Onward Christian Soldier!" Who is the patron Saint of ALL Priests? St. John Marie Vianney! He had been the Patron of Parish Priests but our Holy Father has extended that patronage to all Priests.

    Here are his thoughts on the priesthood:

    The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution he does not administer the Sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you. After God, the priest is everything. Leave a parish twenty years without priests; they will worship beasts. If the missionary Father and I were to go away, you would say, “What can we do in this church? there is no Mass; Our Lord is no longer there: we may as well pray at home. ” When people wish to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no longer any sacrifice there is no religion. If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel. The latter is the friend of God; but the priest holds His place.

    His thoughts on prayer:

    See my children; the treasure of a Christian is not on the earth, it is in Heaven. Well, our thoughts ought to be where our treasure is. Man has a beautiful office, that of praying and loving. You pray, you love–that is the happiness of man upon the earth. Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When our heart is pure and united to God, we feel within ourselves a joy, a sweetness that inebriates, a light that dazzles us. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax melted together; they cannot be separated. This union of God with His little creature is a most beautiful thing. It is a happiness that we cannot understand.

    I want to thank you for your gift of your priesthood. Have a wonderful weekend Padre. :) Many blessings to you.

  8. Well,

    I was for 7 years in the Legion, left 10 years ago- And I was ordained a few years after. Many things I had and have to cope with, now even more than a few years ago, because now I know why. Dear brother, stick to St. Ignatius and his explanation of being friend of Christ. I´ve recently read `Inner Compass` by Maragaret Silf. It explains sound spirituality, and many things where for me understandable from an ex LC point of vieuw. God is there for you, and although it might be difficult to deal with it, He was also with you in the Legion. That can give sence to your life.

    Tommorow I will remember you at the Assumption Mass.

  9. Fr. Jack:
    you were correct when you said in a prevoious blog that "perhaps this blog and your comments have outlived their usefullness." I agree with you on that. Why don't you just get back to your priestly duties and quit the blog. It would save a lot of gossiping and critical remarks.

  10. Fr. Jack,

    It seems to me that the ones concerned with "gossiping and critical remarks" are the legionaries.

    Keep praying and keep blogging. It is evident that you are helping the "IDIOTS reading you and supporting you." I am one such "IDIOT."

    I continue to keep in my prayers the men and women of God who still remain in the lc.

  11. Dear Father,

    I really do enjoy your blog and I would love for you to continue while still at the parish. It would be so interesting to read about your life as a parish priest, and the process of acclimating to parish life. Think about it!

  12. freefromrcandhealingAugust 16, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Despite what another has said....I am thoroughly enjoying your blog and find it useful in my own healing. When I was hurt by this group 10 years ago, I found it very helpful to connect with others who were feeling the same hurts....and some have been through so much abuse. For me it honestly took 5 years to come to grips with everything and begin to experience the healing.

    It's refreshing to my soul to listen to your stories and watch you in your journey. Maybe at some point in the future you may decide to stop it all and that's fine, but for the moment, I think all the people who are genuinely concerned for the souls of others have found your blog something to cheer about....offer prayers....and love one another.

    I am very thankful to the Lord to be able to see people get out of this mess and actually watch as priests and others are being healed of this grievous wounds. God bless everyone and may we continue to help each other work through this sad time in our lives. God is so good and He does heal. I give Him all thanks and praise. Again, many blessings to you Fr. Jack.

  13. Fr Jack,
    The only LC/RC people I've encountered in person, treated other parishioners poorly unless they were useful. So I think it's good for me to read about your insides; we're all in this together but it's REALLY easy to demonize those who've been my opponents in this. Godspeed.


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