"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
[See an update here.] Fr.
Matthew Despard, author of Priesthood in
Crisis, has apparently been suspended from priestly ministry. Here’s an excerpt from a story from one news agency in Scotland:
Parishioners at St John Ogilvie's Church in High
Blantyre, Lanarkshire, reacted with fury and disbelief when they were told just
before Mass last night that Father Matthew Despard had been removed from his
They were greeted
by a weeping Father Despard outside the church shortly before the 4:30pm Mass
began, and were ushered inside to hear a statement from Bihsop Joseph Toal,
Acting Bishop of the Diocese of Motherwell.
Angry scenes broke out among the congregation when Bishop
Toal informed them “a penal judicial process” had been instituted against Fr.
Despard as a result of the publication of his book Crisis in The Priesthood[sic],
with parishioners demanding answers over the priest’s suspension.
know I will be praying for Fr. Despard. I sense there is truth in what he has
written, and he will pay dearly for revealing it. Of course, he knew that he
would be a target when he published the book, but still…