It’s good to hear from Fr. Rodriguez Again…….. October 27, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Father Rodriguez, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, persecution, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
……even if only for a minute or two. The video excerpt below came from a sermon he gave at the 2016 Fatima Conference held in Chicago recently. I certainly hope The Fatima Center will upload the entire sermon soon. Father Rodriguez’ is a voice we hear far too seldom:
The 100th anniversary of Fatima will begin in just over 6 months. That same year will mark the 500th anniversary of protestantism. I don’t think one needs a great deal of imagination to note the ominous portents of such an alignment of dates of the utmost significance. Then again, Our Blessed Lord said He would come as a thief in the night. My personal judgment is almost certain to come before any general judgment, so I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.
Father’s point is well taken: have we listened? Yes, of course, the hierarchy most obviously has not. But have we? Are we doing all we can to abandon ourselves to Divine Providence and live in accord with God’s Will for us at all times, or do we perhaps reject that will in preference for our own. We would not be human if, at the very least, we did not struggle mightily with the battle between God’s will for us and our own fallen natures. I have no problem admitting that far too often, I assert my own will in preference to God’s. We may be small cogs in a great machine, but if a few million of us really abandoned ourselves to God’s will, the Church and the earth, could, and I dare say would, be transformed.
Another recent video featuring Father Rodriguez I had failed upload records a Mass he offered on Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico. I am uncertain of when the Mass was offered. The weather was far from ideal, but the Mass is beautiful. Perhaps you will find this video as edifying as I did when I first watched it a few weeks ago:
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There is a blog entry of the pilgrimage made up Mt. Cristo Rey and the Mass here. Lots of photos. Some regular readers of this blog figure prominently in the photos. Can you guess who they are? One is a stunningly handsome man of some years and great wisdom and experience. Yeah, you’d think it’d be me, but I wasn’t there. I don’t know who put this Mount Cristo Rey together, nor who owns the property, but it looks most impressive! I pray we may have similar devotional pilgrimages here locally. Actually, I do know of one upcoming on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, but that’s a private event as far as I know, for now. Perhaps one day it may be more open to the public.
For those with inquiring minds, to my knowledge, Father’s situation in El Paso remains the same. He remains a priest in good standing, but with no official assignment or apostolate in the Diocese. Father continues to remain very active, however, as the videos above attest. There is much more he does for the care of souls, but I’ll leave that lie for now.
May God support and defend Fr. Michael Rodriguez, and may has manifold gifts, piety, and sufferings be amply rewarded by our merciful God. May His Will be done in all things.