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All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day has kind of crept up on me. I really need to introduce a lot more discipline into my days, but I have been failing miserably of late. I was speaking to a friend on the phone and it was about 5:30 pm when I finally realized that it was a Holy Day of Obligation and that I needed to get myself to church! Thank You, God, that you had me remember this!

At Mass, Fr. JJ told us to look up an obscure saint and start praying to him or her.

Here it is, 3 days later, and I am just now getting around to that. *sigh*

I found this entry on St. Clarus at Catholic Online’s website:

A priest, probably born at Rochester, England, Clarus went to Normandy, became a Benedictine monk, lived as a hermit, and settled at Naqueville, near Rouen. When he repulsed the advances of a noblewoman, she had him killed and beheaded near Saint-Clair-sur-Eph. His feast day is November 4th.

This saint speaks to me because lately I have felt called to pray in earnest for the chastity of my priests (to be clear, I *do not* know of any reason why I need to be praying this), and for them to have an undivided heart. St. Clarus seems like a good person to request help from in interceding for them.

It is also interestingly coincidental that this is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for November, “That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity.”

St. Clarus, pray for us!

Fr. Repsys

Fr Repsys
Photo credit to MyFoxDetroit.com.

I was just made aware of the fact that this past weekend, our archdiocese lost one of our priests. He died trying to save his drowning nephew.

I didn’t know Fr. Repsys, but it does not surprise me that he gave his life trying to save another. That’s what priests do. They give sacrifice and they offer their lives entirely in caring for their sheep. They work to save our lives every day.

One person made a comment on my blog about confession recently. He didn’t understand why Catholics were not allowed to pray directly to God and had to have men run interference for us.

These priests, these amazing men, they do run interference for us. There is an opposing side, and their job is to block the other side, and give us opportunities and guide us to finding our way around the opposition to reach our goal, which is to get home to God.

Our team is now a man down. And that is truly a sad thing. How great is our loss. 😦

Please pray for Fr. Repsys, his nephew — that they will today see the face of God and be welcomed home. Pray also for their family and Fr. Repsys’ parish as they grieve.

May God bless and protect all of our priests, and receive Fr. Repsys and his nephew into His glory.