You Are Capable of Great Sanctity

Faithful Catholics: A Message of Hope

Dear Catholic Friend,

I am writing to you to give you a word of encouragement. So I would hope you take this in the fatherly way I want to address you, as one who is a priest of over 32 years and as spiritual director of dozens of people, a priest who very much has personal contact with many of the lay faithful and knows very well the deep concern – anxiety may be a better word – over the present situation in the Church. Take this as if I were in your presence, saying firmly and clearly and with great confidence: Be at peace! Pray more! Calm down and don’t lose heart!

St. Padre Pio, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”

Padre Pio is quoted as saying, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry!” I want to aim that especially at people who write those anxiety-filled blogs and articles at the Church’s present situation, but certainly to all the Catholic faithful who are confused, bemused, or just plain angry. I certainly understand your concern; in fact, I share it but my consideration as to what to do is different. I conclude that we should pray more and complain less; besides you might recall the words of Psalm 95 which we priests and religious who recite the Divine Office have the joy of choosing as the invitatory psalm in our daily recitation of the breviary; specifically the verse that says: “Forty years I endured that generation. I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray and they do not know my ways.’ So I swore in My anger, ‘They shall not enter into My rest.’”

What Are You Going to Do?

Let’s not try our Lord’s patience, rather let’s take this as an opportunity to establish a firmer faith, a more secure hope and a deeper charity. After all, what are you going to do? Leave the Church?! Wouldn’t the Evil One then have the victory over your soul?

Think of it!

Aren’t you one who loves that old title given to us at confirmation, “soldiers of Christ.” Well, then don’t walk off the field of battle. These are the times, I’m convinced, that St. Louis Marie de Montfort prophesied, the time of the great saints: “Towards, the end of the world . . . Almighty God and His holy mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs.” (St. Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary, article 47). Take it a s a compliment that our father God finds you worthy of these times, that He finds you capable of great sanctity!

I write as one who gives direction to many souls and who is alarmed at the discouragement that has entered so many hearts. I hear it and see it a lot and I must confess that discouragement is not foreign to me, especially given the confusion spread even by those called to strengthen our faith. That being said, I want to tell you what I tell the souls entrusted to me: Pray more! Pray for an increase of faith, hope, and love and make it an apostolic prayer, said with missionary zeal for the sake of others. “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, increase our faith, hope and love!” Not just once, but many times a day, pray this way and you will fulfill your duty as a good soldier of Christ.

Hang in There Friends!

I write this out of gratitude for all the Catholic faithful whose loyalty to Christ and His holy Church has inspired me throughout my life. Hang in there friends! Hang in there with greater faith, hope, and love. “The gates of Hell will not prevail!”

May holy Mary, the woman of great faith and mother of the Church, envelop you in Her most compassionate and immaculate heart. Peace!

Fr. William Moser

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5 comments to You Are Capable of Great Sanctity

  • RonH

    Thank you Fr. Moser I read this and have applied it to my prayer life, that is praying this many times each day.
    Peace

  • Marie

    We have become like the Apostles hiding in the upper room during the three dark days of sadness, broken and confused after witnessing the Crucifixion of Christ.

    It is understandable we weep to see the Church undergoing a new Passion like Christ: denied, scourged, crowned with thorns, mocked and spat upon, villified and crucified before a jeering crowd.

    And so, gathered around Mary, we await that moment appointed by God when He will burst forth from the Tomb of the Church’s eclipse and scatter Her malevolent enemies by a singular, divine intervention in what is surely the darkest period of human history.

    Only God can restore order and sanity now. May He find us faithful and watching on the Cenacle of prayer and sacrifice with Mary, Mother of the Church.

  • kathleen

    Fr. Moser- What perfect timing as I have been feeling alone and discouraged lately. On Tuesday my aunt’s funeral was held in the church where her parents were married and their children received their sacraments. They had 4 children, 18 grandchildren and many great and great, great grandchildren too numerous to count. At the funeral were “Catholics” who didn’t know the mass, songs or when to sit, stand or kneel. I thought of my grandparents during this mass and wondered if they could see this and what they would be thinking. My heart ached for Jesus and His church. I know that my story is not unique and can be repeated over and over to you each day. None of my brothers are raising their children in the faith. This all has made me so sad lately but then I read your post. Thank you for your uplifting message of prayer and perseverance. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. God Bless you Father Moser!

  • Lorraine

    Fr. Moser, I have taken this personally. I am one of the Catholics you wrote about who stopped attending Mass almost two years ago because of the present situation in our beloved Church. Thank you, Father, for writing this. I needed to hear it. Pray for me please.

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