Fr. Michael Rodriguez Video on Praying the Rosary June 9, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Our Lady, priests, Restoration, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
As in, how to derive maximum benefit from praying the Rosary with concentration, devotion, and proper intentions. Father’s video was primarily intended for children, and while I gladly acknowledge my rather amazing immaturity, I found much of benefit in it, and I think you might find the video helpful, too. That’s much more a commentary on Father’s catechesis, than anything about you. Said Tantumblogo, covering his bets.
I really like how Father begins every sermon, every effort at catechesis, not just with a prayer, but with an original he composes on his own. Saying a Hail Mary before a sermon is awesome, but having a unique, heartfelt prayer strikes me as even more meaningful.
On an unrelated note, does anyone know if Fr. Brian McDonnell, FSSP, speaks Spanish? The local FSSP parish is losing its only fluent Spanish-speaking priest in Fr. Terrence Gordon (I’ll miss him….sniff), and I am wondering how the many parishioners most comfortable speaking delicate matters in Spanish will be cared for if his replacement cannot communicate adequately with them?
I’ll just repeat for the record, I know in a fast-growing order with more demand for services than resources provide, some moves will have to be made, from time to time. But this is our 5th priest change in as many years! It takes time for priests to get to know parishioners, and to serve adequately in critical roles like spiritual director. It can be shocking for a soul to lose their director (one reason why mine is not in the Fraternity). And a priest is supposed to be a father, both to the community and individual souls. That closeness that should exist, that knowledge of families as they grow and change over the years, is completely lost in all this shuffling around. Fr. Wolfe gave a really good sermon on this subject years ago……before he, too, was moved.
The post-conciliar trend, apparently prevalent even in some of the Ecclesia Dei communities, of reassigning priests every few years is, I think, misguided and destructive. I know nothing of Fr. McDonnell, he might be a fantastic priest and a really wonderful man (he probably is), but, then, will he be gone in 2 1/2 years, too? Continuity is important.
A looong time ago, when I was a very young engineer working for a really crappy company in Idaho, an old engineer sighed when I told him I was leaving, and said: “We always lose the good ones.” I don’t know if I’ve ever been one of the “good ones,” but I do know just how he feels.