He has been delayed in the Philippines due to some hang-ups about his visa to our dear land. Father Chazal believes he will arrive 'on the next plane'. Confirmations were on the agenda so, of course, did not take place. Father gave a conference and filled us in with what is happening in the Philippines.
Four thousand dollars was given to help the locally devastated people to try to get a chapel going. He spoke a great deal about the dreadful effect the disaster had in various places. He has a colossal memory, and great sense of humour. But for me his faith stands out so firmly each time I hear him speak. He always sees the newness that God is about to bring forth, not only from the chaotic Philippines, but from the neoSSPX-cum-conciliar church chaos.
He said he's never baptised babies in a group before, but that there are babies everywhere and his first group of twelve was totally a new experience for him. He said lots of marriages were solemnized too. The poverty-stricken people could not get over the fact that they did not have to give him money for these things...perhaps it is a civil tax...I do not yet know. But the neo SSPX church was completely flattened. He did not know whether it was a good or a bad thing. The poor people have to pay the latter to have their churches built.
Father said that some funds you have donated went to put rooves on the houses. ALL of the rooves were blown off and the contents wet with the rain. He said the charity of helping materially was good. He did not elaborate on that, but one can see clearly that it is how the missionaries work...providing material helps like health services etc. He said the people were hungry at first, but the food is now plentiful due to the contributions made by other countries. Water is scarce. A large area of water disappeared when the earth opened up and swallowed it. The people are living outside in the open with nothing except each other, and of course, their lives.
Father said that, regarding the money they were required to pay for SSPX churches, that the latter have the buildings but no faith, and 'we' have the faith and no buildings.
One gentleman brought this beautiful cake especially for Bishop Williamson. It did not stop us from tucking in though!
Regarding Bishop Williamson n, Father Chazal (in my opinion) could not seem to contain his excitement when he gave us a great insight into the need for Ecclesiastics. He said a priest can't function without a Bishop, and he sees that this business of Bishop Williamson's visa problems has woken him up a bit to the need of consecrating a Bishop or two. I got the impression that Bishop Williamson is coming round to the idea. We must surely pray about this as a priority don't you think?
There may be more things that come to mind as I finish this report, if so, I will post them asap.
God bless you one and all for the material and prayerful support you provide for these valiant priests.
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