[Low Sunday Update: My commentary on the Sri Lanka massacres of a week ago is almost finished. Its completion has been delayed because of a serious aggrevation of my existing lower spinal problems after slipping backward at a store on Easter Wednesday evening when I encountered an unexpected puddle of water from a ceiling leak that no one in the store knew was there until I was hurt. Penance is in season no matter that it is Paschaltide. It has, though, been difficult to work in the interim.
[The principal purpose of this update is to inform the readers of this site of the death of a very zealous, holy and exemplary priest, Father Joseph Collins, who died at 11:54 a.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the rectory of Saint Michael Church in Glenmont, New York. He has received the benefit of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction at the time his pancratic cancer had been diagnosed and had received Holy Viaticum every day from that time to Easter Saturday morning.
[As I noted a few weeks ago when news of Father Collins's illness reached me, Father Joseph Francis Collins was a prayerful priest who spent much time alone before the Most Sacrament in prayer. He was zealous for souls, and his superb memory permitted him to pick up conversations with people he had not seen in decades, something that a reader of this site from Richmond, Virginia, told me happened to him when Father Collins, who had not see the gentleman for over twenty-five years, recognized him after Mass, greeted him and then asked him about his family members. Father Collins truly cared about the sheep entrusted to his care. Apart his brilliant intellect, this good priest was also a gifted singer and had a delighful sense of humor. Although he will be missed here in this passing, mortal vale of tears, he is already at work answering the prayers of those who have prayed to him afer his death.
[Mindful that we presume the state of no soul after death until and unless Holy Mother Church declares him to be a saint, it is thus our duty to pray for the repose of the soul of Father Joseph Francis Collins. I prayed for him from the time we met him in 2003 until the day he died, and I will pray for his soul every day of my life until I die. Our Lady will direct the fruit of our prayers to some other worthy soul if Father Collins has no need of them. No prayer is ever wasted. None.
[Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.]
No, I have not yet completed my commentary on the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks, which were committed by beliving Mohammedans who adhere to the blasphemous Koran with unwavering fealty. Easter Wednesday will be spent completing that particular commentary.
In the meantime, I am offering a republished reflection on the life and martyrdom of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, O.F.M., Cap.,whose feast is commemorated today, Easter Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, O.F.M., Cap. opposed false ecumenism with his very life. Unlike the conciliar "popes" and their "episcopal" henchmen, Saint Fidelis came to "extirpate heresy, not to embrace it."
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, pray for us.