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Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
« on: January 30, 2019, 11:30:11 AM »
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  • Fr. Leonard Feeney died on this day, in 1978.  This is an excerpt of his from The Point, of Jan. 1953 -

    There are three kinds of Communists: economic Communists, cultural Communists, and religious Communists. The least dangerous of these three is the economic Communist, the man who has no money. Then comes the cultural Communist, the man who has no values.

    And finally, the most dangerous of all, is the religious Communist, the man who has no Faith and who wishes to share that lack of Faith with everybody.
    It is this last form of Communism which has given rise to the movement known as Interfaith, which consists of a common-denominator belief that leaves a Jew delighted, a Protestant contented, and a Catholic without an Apostles’ Creed.

    We priests were not put in Sacrament to take care of the temporal needs of our flocks. Our assignment is to the spiritual welfare of our people. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “Christ allowed one of His Apostles to take charge of all the money — the traitorous Apostle — because He wanted to teach prelates readily to entrust the managing of temporal affairs to anyone, but to keep the managing of spiritual things to themselves; though many do the contrary.”

    The hungry whom we must feed, and the naked whom we must clothe, are those who hunger for the Bread of Life and thirst for communion with the Blood of Christ. The Blessed Eucharist is a priest’s great gift to man: that Divine Food and Drink which makes him con-corporeal with Jesus and induces the Blessed Virgin Mary to take him as her child. Saint Paul tells us that we could give all our goods to the poor and still not have charity. (I Cor. 13:3) Unless a priest makes the Blessed Eucharist his first and foremost charity, how can he say, or ask anyone else to say, what Saint Paul once shouted: “And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me.” (Gal. 2:20)

    Priests should be poor men. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, insisted that all his sons be poor. A poor priest is free to talk all the time about man’s eternal salvation.
    If any one saith that true and natural water is not of necessity for baptism, and on that account wrests to some sort of metaphor those words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost...,"  Let Him Be Anathama.  -COUNCIL OF TRENT Sess VII Canon II “On Baptism"

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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #1 on: January 30, 2019, 12:09:20 PM »
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  • Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.

    Courageous fighter, holy priest, poet and writer...
    White martyr... and greatest American Catholic theologian of 20th Century.
    The Irish/American Wolfhound most feared by the jews.
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    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi


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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 01:45:30 PM »
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  • Thank you for the reminder!

    :pray:
    The Highest Principle in the Church: "We are first of all, under obedience to God, and only then, under obedience to man." - Fr. Hesse

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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 05:44:20 PM »
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  • Yes, he was most certainly a white martyr, and the cause for his canonization needs to be opened immediately after the Church has been restored.

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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #4 on: January 30, 2019, 07:30:29 PM »
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  • Were it not for Fr. Feeney, I can say with certitude that I would never have taken the Faith as seriously as I do.  More than likely I would have lost what little I had long ago, were it not for him.

    My father would read to us each evening around the dinner table, and in the early 90's he read a book entitled "They Fought the Good Fight".  That was my first exposure to Fr. Feeney.  Shortly thereafter, I went to a "conservative" boy's camp run by some Franciscans where the priest gave conferences to us older boys.  One of his conferences touched on Fr. Feeney, and the Franciscan priest's explanation was that "it's possible for non-Catholics to be saved, but very unlikely".  Essentially, Fr. Feeney "over-reacted."  Not knowing any better, I figured the priest knew what he was talking about and decided to go with his view until I could research it further.

    Apologetics was a focus at the summer camp and, at the end of it, the brothers brought in a Lutheran minister so we could test our new-found skills.  During the discussion with this fellow, I remember making some points (I've forgotten specifically what they were), causing the minister to reply: "So you're saying that if I don't become a Catholic, I'm going to hell?"

    I was taken aback by his candor.  Being confused by what the priest had explained just a few nights before, I remember stammering something like "Well... not necessarily...".  Then I sat down.

    It dawned on me.  IF there was salvation outside the Church, THEN none of this made sense.  Truth doesn't matter.  The true Church doesn't matter.  The sacraments don't matter.  Why bother debating with this guy?  

    Fr. Feeney WAS right.

    That was truly a moment of grace.  Never before did the beauty and reality of the truths of the faith shine like they did at that moment.  
    Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. - Nicene Creed


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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 09:43:49 PM »
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  • What a beautiful example of applied theology.  The Holy Ghost was at your camp, embedding this lesson into your heart.
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi

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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #6 on: January 30, 2019, 09:48:43 PM »
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    IF there was salvation outside the Church, THEN none of this made sense.

    That was the very FIRST thing that I was convinced of, when God gave me the grace of reverting to the Catholic Faith of my childhood.

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    My father would read to us each evening around the dinner table, and in the early 90's he read a book entitled "They Fought the Good Fight". 

    God bless your father! what a great thing to do.
    If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ" Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit" (Jn 3:5) let him be anathema.

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    Re: Anniversary - Fr. Feeney R.I.P.
    « Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 07:47:20 AM »
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  • Jan. 30th is also the anniversary of the deaths of Dom Gueranger on Dom Columba Marmion - two of Fr. Feeney's favorite Catholic authors. Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus!




    "The Blessed Eucharist means nothing to a man who thinks other people can get along without It. The Blessed Eucharist means nothing to a communicant who thinks he needs It but someone else does not. The Blessed Eucharist means nothing to a communicant who offers others any charity ahead of this Charity of the Bread of Life." -Fr. Leonard Feeney, Bread of Life


     

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