More exciting news about Fr Doyle – THREE more Fr Doyle programmes on EWTN!!

I am pleased to share some more important news relating to Fr Doyle. 

In two week’s time I have the great privilege of travelling to the EWTN studios in Alabama to appear on three different programmes to discuss Fr Doyle and the imminent release of To Raise the Fallen, published by Ignatius Press in the United States later this month.

On Wednesday October 24th I will be the guest on EWTN Live with Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ.

On Thursday 25th I will be the guest on Life on the Rock.

Also on Thursday 25th I will record an interview for Bookmark, EWTN’s book review programme. 

EWTN Live and Life on the Rock will be broadcast on the 24th and 25th respectively in the United States, and the following day in Europe. Bookmark will be broadcast at a later date, which will be announced when I have more details. 

I am very excited about these opportunities to speak about Fr Doyle and to introduce him to a wider audience. Please share this information and help create more publicity for Fr Doyle!

I shall be in San Francisco for all of the following week, and on Saturday November 3 I hope to attend the 40th Anniversary conference of Ignatius Press, to be held in that city. If anybody who reads this blog happens to live in Alabama or San Francisco, or is attending that conference, please let me know – it would be great to meet! I am also available to speak about Fr Doyle at any events or parishes in San Francisco between October 27 and November 3. It’s rather a long shot, but I’ll throw it out there, just in case…

 

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Thoughts for October 9 from Fr Willie Doyle

Pray for all, but especially for sinners, and in particular for those whose sins are most painful to His Sacred Heart. With great earnestness recommend to His mercy the poor souls who are in their agony. What a dreadful hour, an hour tremendously decisive, is the hour of our death! Surround with your love these souls going to appear before God, and defend them by your prayers.

COMMENT: It’s almost paradoxical – the most important moment of our lives is the very last moment. In this moment our eternity is decided. Someone who has lived a life of vice may convert and be saved, but similarly someone who lived a good life, if they freely and consciously commit a mortal sin at the moment of death and do not repent, cannot see God.

This is why the grace of final perseverance is so important, and why the saints constantly prayed for this grace. Even though we attempt to live a virtuous life, we should never presume that we will persevere. It is also one of the reasons why we must flee mortal sins with all our might, for we may die unexpectedly in the act of rebellion against God. (Of course, the more perfect reason to avoid mortal sin is because it offends God…).

In the Hail Mary we ask our Mother to “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death”. How causally we can overlook the importance of these words.

Fr Doyle was acutely aware of the importance of those last final moments, and he risked his own life, and abandoned his own comforts, in order to provide the sacraments to soldiers during their last moments. Here is one small snippet out of many in his letters describing the gratitude of those soldiers who had the grace of a priest to bless them at the hour of death. May we all be similarly blessed with this grace!

A sad morning as casualties were heavy and many men came in dreadfully wounded. One man was the bravest I ever met. He was in dreadful agony, for both legs had been blown off at the knee But never a complaint fell from his lips, even while they dressed his wounds, and he tried to make light of his injuries. “Thank God, Father”, he said, “I am able to stick it out to the end. Is it not all for little Belgium?” The Extreme Unction, as I have noticed time and again, eased his bodily pain. “I am much better now and easier, God bless you”, he said, as I left him to attend a dying man. He opened his eyes as I knelt beside him: “Ah! Fr. Doyle, Fr. Doyle”, he whispered faintly, and then motioned me to bend lower as if he had some message to give. As I did so, he put his two arms round my neck and kissed me. It was all the poor fellow could do to show his gratitude that he had not been left to die alone and that he would have the consolation of receiving the Last Sacraments before he went to God. Sitting a little way off I saw a hideous bleeding object, a man with his face smashed by a shell, with one if not both eyes torn out. He raised his head as I spoke. “Is that the priest? Thank God, I am all right now.” I took his blood-covered hands in mine as I searched his face for some whole spot on which to anoint him. I think I know better now why Pilate said “Behold the Man” when he showed our Lord to the people.