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For the Sheep in Exile – 2017-06-04

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Contract Renewal: The Sheep of Kephas blog is not a low-budget, homespun production. For the last three years the great providence of an anonymous donor has underwritten the expense of this humble effort. Organized as a subsidiary of the private Beltway “think tank” known as Silva Research Writers (SRW), founded by Frank Silva in 1998, the Sheep of Kephas staff has labored tirelessly to use “Assent to Counter Dissent” here at St. Peter’s.

This year it appeared that the contract would not be renewed, and like so many other Beltway contractors, our staff would have to find work elsewhere. There was even talk of starting a new blog to be called “Life at Serendipity Farmhouse”. But, much to our amazement, the Diocese of Arlington 2017 Clergy Announcement notice gave our anonymous donor reason to call Frank Silva immediately to renew our contract.

And there it is folks. We here at the Sheep of Kephas welcome the opportunity to assent to the teachings of the Catholic Church; we welcome the chance to keep you informed; and we are so very grateful to our benefactor for giving us a very special gift – that gift is:

The Gift of Fortitude

Definition from the Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1808 Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Definition from One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; it gives a person a special strength of will. This gift confers an extraordinary readiness to undergo trials for love of God or in fulfillment of the divine will; unusual courage to bear difficulties even for many years; firmness in carrying arduous tasks to their completion; perseverance in a lifetime fidelity to one’s vocation in spite of heavy trials or disappointments sent by God; and gladness in being privileged to suffer persecution or humiliation in union with Christ and for the sake of his name.

A reminder to all of you who read this blog, the sheep in exile and the sheep who remain, at your Confirmation you too received the gift of Fortitude. It is a treasure that needs to be used. – Have the very best and happiest Pentecost Sunday ever!


Larry and Liza – Not a Fluke: We may have failed to mention last week that we know Larry and Liza Lookeeloo personally. Lakeline, Ohio was only three streets over from where I grew up in Eastlake. Larry sent me a letter exclaiming how much more orthodox and spiritual was the Mass at St. John the Evangelist in comparison to what goes on now at St. Mary Magdalene in Willowick, Ohio. (See Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #20 – Priest-less Parishes?)  I guess they had a lucky day when they read that advertisement in the Rappahannock News (RN).

There has been some speculation that the advertisement for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton on page A5 of the RN last week was somehow a fluke. Not so, dear readers, this week’s edition of the RN features the very same ad appearing on Page A8. We’re wondering if there were also an ad from St. John the Baptist in Front Royal in the RN if that would be a bad thing?





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