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With the publication of Pope Francis’ latest motu proprio, Traditionis custodes, which has placed new restrictions on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, I know many of us are undoubtedly feeling a mixture of sadness, anxiety and anger. At this point, it is too early to tell if and what the implications will be for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, but I can reassure you that we will remain committed to serving our faithful according to our Constitutions and charism as we have always done. We must strive to see this Cross as a means of our sanctification, and to remember that God will never abandon His Church. Our Lord himself promises us the necessary graces to bear our Crosses with strength and courage. We must not, however, neglect to do our part as faithful Catholics; let us pray and offer sacrifices in our daily lives, and trust in the intercession of Our Lady and St. Joseph. I remind you all to not forget prayers of thanksgiving as well, reflecting on the innumerable ways in which we should be thankful to God for all the graces we have received and which we continue to receive on a daily basis. Prayers of thanksgiving are a marvelous way to lift our weary souls while maintaining us in humility. Let us keep in our hearts the words of St. Padre Pio, “Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

May God bless you and Mary keep you,

Fr. Robert Dow, FSSP
Pastor
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church