Another popular TV priest snared in a scandal — UPDATED

He’s one familiar to many viewers: Fr. Michael Manning.

Details:

A Roman Catholic priest who has admitted to a past sexual relationship with a second cousin has taken a leave of absence from his ministry, a spokesman for the Diocese of San Bernardino confirmed Wednesday.

The Rev. Michael Manning, who says he had the relationship with Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Kotowski, has stepped aside for the time being from Wordnet, a worldwide Catholic television ministry based in San Bernardino, according to John Andrews, a spokesman for the diocese.

Andrews said that often when a priest engages in misconduct of such magnitude, he is encouraged to take time away from his religious service to reflect on how it happened and how he will move forward.

“And that was something that we and Father Manning mutually came to, (that) it would be good for him to take a leave of absence,” Andrews said.

Manning could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

He recently admitted to the relationship when asked about copies of correspondence between him and Kotowski that seemingly showed the two ending an intimate relationship more than two years ago.

He said he and Kotowski are no longer sexually involved with each other.

The 70-year-old priest is a member of the Society of the Divine Word, a missionary community with thousands of members throughout the world.

Andrews said a local official with the group was unavailable to comment Wednesday.

Manning in 2006 was presented with the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Cross, which means “for the Church and the Holy Father.”

Bishop Gerald Barnes of the diocese requested the award for meritorious service from Pope Benedict XVI, for Manning’s ministry in the Catholic Church.

Andrews said both Barnes and the Society of the Divine Word have religious authority over Manning.

Barnes was not available for comment Wednesday, according to Andrews.

Manning has a TV show called “The Word in the World.” The program can be seen weekly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

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UPDATE: The woman involved says they considered marriage. And: she hopes that publicizing this will get the church to reconsider its teaching on celibacy:

“The reality is that we love the church, we’re committed to the church, but I’m hoping a dialogue will open up (about) obligatory celibacy, the whole question of celibacy,” she said Wednesday during a telephone interview with The Herald. “Is it right for all people?”

Read more from an interview with her here.

Comments

  1. Father Mike Manning’s TV show, “The Word in the World,” can be seen weekly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He has appeared as a guest on several national TV shows, including “Larry King Live.” Manning wouldn’t say how long he and Kotowski were sexually involved. “The reality is I was living two lives: one as a priest who was vowed to celibacy and another life as a sexually active man in our sexual intimacy,” Manning wrote.

    John Andrews, spokesman for the diocese, said Manning is a pioneer in Catholic television and that the diocese supports him as he moves forward.

    “It’s unfortunate that this has happened, and that is not the conduct that we expect from the priests and it’s not consistent with the vows a priest takes,” Andrews said. “At the same time, in our faith, you always have an opportunity to seek forgiveness from God and reconciliation. Father Manning has done that and we support him in that 100 percent.”

    Why bother suspending Father Corapi if in cases like this where the priest admits he violated his vows and was a giant hypocrite — they take zero discipline action and support him “100 percent”.

    I find it interesting that he only publicly admitted the affair and take a leave of absence ONLY AFTER someone sent correspondence to the newspaper about the affair. He apparently confessed to a priest earlier yet still kept up the deception until the newspaper made it public.

    a) “He recently admitted to the relationship when asked about copies of correspondence between him and Kotowski that seemingly showed the two ending an intimate relationship more than two years ago. ”

    b) “Manning said that before being questioned about the correspondence, he discussed the matter with his confessor only. “

  2. Fr.Larry says:

    @George: I believe the difference is that Fr. Manning has admitted his wrongdoing, and Fr. Corapi has denied the allegations against him. Both are removed from ministry: one (presumably) voluntarily, and the other pending further investigation. But it would be a mistake to try and compare the two situations to determine who’s the worse sinner, or to see whose bishop/community was the toughest/fairest/whatever. Their situations are quite different, and both men are in need of whatever humble prayer we can muster– for themselves and for all those who may be involved.

  3. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    George …

    Fr. Larry is right. The only similarity between Corapi and Manning is that both men were popular TV preachers and both were removed from ministry — one willingly, after admitting his transgression, another unwillingly, while continuing to deny accusations made against him.

    Also: it doesn’t appear that Manning is undergoing a canonically-mandated investigation. Nor have his faculties been removed.

    Dcn. G.

  4. @deacongregkandra & Fr.Larry

    My problem with the case is according to information available, Rev. Michael Manning only came forward when the newspaper contacted him. He never told his TV audience or his lecture circuit until it was evident that this was going to hit the press. He is only talking after being caught. Up until this month, he was still doing TV and lectures.

    He is currently still hawking his books on his website as well.
    http://www.wordnet.tv/index.html

    Rev. Michael Manning is not removed from the ministry via any church decision, he simply took a leave of absence after he was caught.

    He states that he confessed his sin to a priest and still continued on; that’s a big difference from admitting your sin and taking time off for reflection.

    I would expect more from a man with decades of preaching the right thing to do.

  5. Daniel T says:

    Could it be that Father Manning has been suspended and his faculties removed, but it was felt there was no need to make a public announcement about it? It would seem there would be no need for an investigation or a trial when the priest admits his guilt.

    I would guess that if his program on Trinity Broadcasting is very popular, that TBN may not feel the need to remove his program if they were notified of the removal of his faculties, so the fact that his programs still run there wouldn’t give a clue.

  6. Brother Jeff says:

    I don’t see any similarities but we can all breathe a sigh of relief I guess that a minor wasn’t involved.

  7. I am not an expect on Canon Law but I would expect some form of punishment for this decades long affair other than a self imposed vacation.

    Consider the case of Rev. Alberto Cutie (another EWTN Alum “Talking With Father Alberto”) — sometimes called “Father Oprah” who was having an affair. The Archdiocese of Miami removed him from the administrator of his Miami Beach parish, and it barred him from leading Sunday Mass there.

  8. On a side note, a bit of irony.

    If you go to Father Manning’s website, he will sell you a DVD called “5 Seconds to Successful Marriage ” for $8.00.

    http://wordnetproductions.blogspot.com/2009/02/many-times-as-only-catholic-priest-on.html

  9. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    George …

    The circumstances were different. Cutie was caught after he was photographed on a beach with his hand down his girlfriend’s bathing suit. The picture was splashed on the cover of the tabloids. Within days, Cutie was hitting the interview circuit, in effect saying he’d have to think about what he’d done and whether he wanted to remain a Catholic priest. There wasn’t a whole lot of contrition there … and within days after the story broke, he made a break of his own, leaving the Church to marry his girlfriend.

    Also, as I understand it, Manning had already ended the relationship with the woman involved when she decided to make it public.

    Dcn. G.

  10. Daniel Latinus says:

    If this is the Trinity Broadcasting Network run by Paul and Jan Crouch, their refusal to remove the show isn’t surprising.

    Back when Jimmy Swaggart’s sins and wickedness came to light, the Crouches refused to stop airing his shows. they made the claim that if Peter had to endure a suspension for denying Christ, he wouldn’t have been able to preach on Pentecost, and all the souls who were saved that day wouldn’t have been. Jan even told how her father, an official with the Assemblies of God, would weep when the board suspended a preacher for cause, because the suspension was somehow interfering with the work of the Holy Spirit.

    Second, if I understand TBN’s operation correctly, programs not produced by the network itself have to buy airtime from the network. So as long as the bills are paid, and episodes are available…

    Finally, TBN is not a Catholic organization.

  11. I don’t think this is public business, period. If the relationship is over, he’s made his confession and been forgiven, that is it–we not entitled to know about it. This was not a minor and not coerced. I’m not looking for perfection in my priests; I need someone more like me.

  12. Is it contrition on Rev Manning’s part only to reveal his decades long affair only after “the revelation came to light when anonymous emails were sent to the newspaper that indicated the relationship between the two had ended.”?

    Contrition is not continuing to pretend to be a priest and deceiving his flock while living in conscious sin.

    Similarity to the Fr. Cutie Case – Both were caught and revealed publicly. Both considered leaving the Catholic priesthood. So far, one has.

    The priest’s lover and cousin states that some one actually outed them by stealing correspondence between them.

    “Someone broke into one confidential correspondence written over two years ago,” Kotowski said. “It is one snippet in time of a discerning process. It so happens that this one email was written while we were discerning God’s will for our lives — to marry or to commit and embrace the vows of celibacy.”

    Manning said that before being questioned about the correspondence, he discussed the matter with his confessor only.

    If the church knew he was having an affair why did it not sanction him earlier? I just don’t get it. What happened to the Magisterium rules?

    At least Msgr. Eugene V. Clark (another EWTN alum star of “Relationships”) resigned when his affair was made public.

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2006-08-07/news/18339756_1_divorce-case-eugene-clark-cathedral-rectory

  13. Just thinking ? is it possible that Fr. Manning met Ms. Kotowski in the confessional booth ? If so, and if Fr. Manning decides to retire as a priest from his ” religious ”
    duties , he could play the lead role in : The Priest, The Woman, and The Confessional.

  14. diakonos09 says:

    I do not quite understand why consensual adult sexual relationshoips have become public matter. I can see why this would be so in the pedophilia cases. But isn’t this more in the “internal forum” aspect, something for the confessional, the spiritual director, the bishop and/or the religious superior?

    If not then shouldn’t we start announcing the sexual sins of all adults? Maybe the Sunday Bulletins couls have a “This Week’s Sinner” column?

    I am ALL for exposing and penalizing the abusers (be they kids or adults that were abused) but as for this consensual stuff…I reall think clergy have a right to the privacy of their sins and repentance so long as the sin was private also. Am I missing something?

  15. A bit off track from this sad situation, I know. But…

    Ms. Kotowski is not his second cousin. She is his first cousin once removed. Her mother is Fr. Manning’s first cousin. She is separated by one generation from Fr. Manning, hence once removed.

    (If Fr. Manning’s had children, they would be the second cousins of Ms. Kotowksi.)

    (How do I know this? I was gently corrected by an Augustinian priest at the recent funeral of another Augustinian priest whom I have been calling my second cousin.)

  16. Correction:

    Incorrect:
    (If Fr. Manning’s had children, they would be the second cousins of Ms. Kotowksi.)

    Correct
    (If Fr. Manning’s had children, they would be the second cousins of Ms. Kotowksi’ children.)

  17. @ diakonos09 You wrote: “I do not quite understand why consensual adult sexual relationshoips have become public matter.”

    Well then, if that is the case, then Archbishop Michael Sheehan can’t make moral decrees on the congregation such as:

    “These people are objectively living in a state of mortal sin and may not receive Holy Communion. They are in great spiritual danger.”

    Apparently living in sin like Rev Manning is a bad thing according to Archbishop Michael Sheehan as he states, “one commits the sin of sacrilege by administering a Sacrament in the state of mortal sin.”

    That did not stop Rev Manning from being a priest or John Andrews, spokesman for the diocese, stating they support him 100%. Hypocrisy of the highest order.

  18. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    George …

    You’re straying into treacherous territory here, by claiming to know the state of another person’s soul. Please refrain from doing that.

    Someone once asked St. Francis of Assisi what he would do if he were to receive communion from a priest guilty of serious sin. Francis replied (paraphrasing here): “I would receive the Body of Christ reverently and prayerfully from his consecrated hands.”

    Dcn. G.

  19. But isn’t the deeper question here… WHY?
    There seems to be a pattern in all of this. When mere mortal priests, politicians, sports figures, actors and others in the limelight start to accept the adulation thrust upon them, they forget who there gifts come from, their egos blossom and they become the center of attention.

    Fame can be very dangerous for the soul and we humans are so fragile. Thank God that there are still so many humble priests like our present pope, who deflect the attention from them…to Christ.

    Pray for them all!

  20. diakonos09 wrote: “I am ALL for exposing and penalizing the abusers … but as for this consensual stuff…I reall think clergy have a right to the privacy of their sins and repentance so long as the sin was private also. ”

    A priest is a person in authority, so there is no such thing as a truly consensual relationship. It is always abusive due to the power imbalance. That is why sexual relationships are banned between, for example, therapists and their clients. A therapist can lose their license for entering into such. And it is more serious for a priest to do this, it is spiritually abusive, because by his actions this woman’s soul could be lost.

    Does it need to be publicized? Because he is a public media figure that many people have put their trust in, yes, I think it does, otherwise we are all misled – though I am sorry they also released the name of his victim, unless it was with her permission. And a family member at that, a second cousin – what a mess.

  21. Pray for them all!

    Pray that they may bear the crosses they have been given. Our Lord was innocent and suffered great injustice, yet he bore it patiently. This is our example!

    May all the priests who are accused of wrongdoing, especially if they are not guilty, bear in mind the example of Jesus Christ. It is a greater witness to bear suffering than to resent it in pride. May they all bear their crosses as our Lord did and may Mary stand by them in their time of persecution.

  22. Mary Durkan says:

    Of course a priest should be held accountable for his misdeeds particularly when they relate to any sexual contact with children. But, let it be said that many women go after men of power, in business, in academia and in the priesthood. I have seen it and it takes a strong man year after year to fend them off. My husband and I had a older priest tell us that a women once was coming to his confessional and saying all kinds of sexual things she wanted to do with him and he was a bald headed old orthodox teaching good man. He had to threaten to call the cops on her. I have seen it in offices for years – married or single, some women just like to play up to important men. We need to pray for good faithful priests.

  23. You critics of this priest are hypocrites!

    You sin just like priests – only worse, you get to hide it while publicly pointing a finger at this guy.

    The good Deacon is equally having a problem – bringing up this priest and Corapi while only re-stating everything in another article. Can’t you come up with your own info? Are you titilated by this stuff?

    Are you doing something?

    Expose!

  24. @ 19 Eka

    You ask why ? Paul , in Romans 8 : 19-25 explains it nicely.
    Even when one professes to be a ” Christian “, there is a constant battle between the ” flesh ” and the ” spirit “.
    Someone called this the ” HOLY JIHAD ” within our bodily
    members. In the case of Fr. Manning and others , the “flesh ” won out.

  25. Every human sins, priests and laity alike.

    The problem is when there are two sets of moral rules, one for priests and one for laity.

    If parishioners are chastised with the threat of not receiving Communion or church rites because they are living in sin then why is not the same standard applied to men like Rev. Manning?

    What is the penalty for violating one’s priestly vows for decades yet preaching that doing so is against the teachings of the Church? Apparently, there is none which is disheartening.

  26. Hey TBN and/or EWTN!
    Sign up Fr. Raymond de Souza and relax. He speaks good medicine but leaves
    himself out of his preaching. “No brag, just facts.”; id est: Jesus and His Blessed
    Mother!

  27. Brother Jeff says:

    Archbishop Sheen frequently referenced personal anecdotes when he preached, so it’s probably time to tone down and/or do away witht the “he preaches about himself” canard. Otherwise, it’s probably time to ban St. Augustine’s Confessions.

  28. Manning said that before being questioned about the correspondence, he discussed the matter with his confessor only.

    If the church knew he was having an affair why did it not sanction him earlier? I just don’t get it. What happened to the Magisterium rules?

    There seems to be a certain misunderstanding here: As long as Fr. Manning discussed this matter only with his confessor, the Church did NOT know that he was having an affair. Any Catholic who reveals what is said under the seal of confession is instantly and automatically excommunicated.

  29. Be honest, Brother Jeff. There’s no excuse for misquoting when your rejoinder is next to my opinion.

  30. Well it is all pretty sad. Fr. Manning did his training in the years of moral, theological, political termoil of the sixties. Perhaps something essential was lacking in his training or perhaps it is simply another example of increased activity of the evil one. I think it is the latter and it should be a warning to us all to be more earnest in prayer and contemplation.

  31. Donal Mahoney says:

    Fr. Manning’s case strikes me as small potatoes in comparison with the other clerical cases to hit the media recently. After all, he was not involved with an adolescent nor with a woman possessed by the devil nor with two or three women in what some might call an orgy (allegedly). Moreover, he is a simple priest and not a bishop who decided to give the Holy Eucharist to a governor and his live-in girl friend in front of television cameras and then defended that decision to the public who did not, he said, have all the facts. Lighten up, folks. Manning simply got caught in a case of kissin’ cousins doin’ more than kissin’. His failure is simply a pimple on the backside of the Church; his sin doesn’t rise to the status of fissure, fistula or hemorrhoid like all the others.

  32. diakonos09, i do not mean this to be flip, but what planet are you on? once someone becomes a minister, rabbi, priest and accepts his role and is confirmed in it, then if he cannot follow the rules, it is a big deal and he should no longer have the role. once he decides not to keep his marriage vows or vows to celibacy he is taking a big gamble. it is no longer just a private situation since he has put himself out there as a public witness to these values.
    are people weak and do we all fall into temptation, of course. but those who accept leadership roles must be able to live the values they have openly professed. and the main value is not even the sexual transgression but one of basic honesty. of course it is not easy for some to be celibate or chaste, but if he is a minister he should seek a leave of absence till he can figure this out, and not live the hypocrisy of a double life.

  33. Daniel T says:

    As this story was already in a number of secular newspapers, I have no objection to the deacon posting about it here. I (and perhaps many others here) are in the minority that likely gets their Catholic news from Catholic sites rather than from the secular media. If the story were breaking from this site and then the secular media picked up on it, that might be a different story. Since it is already out there in the secular media, I am glad I now know about it from this site rather than having someone bring it up as they had read about it in the Mercury News or saw it on Oprah.

  34. Deacon Gregg Greg, Fr. Larry – would it be O.K. for a priest to deny accusations made against him if those accusations were false, or must he wait for an official verdict? Was it acceptable for Fr. Corapi to break the story about the accusations against him since it is his reputation that’s at stake, and since he has many subscribers to his web casts. Wouldn’t it be kind of rude to subscribers to just vanish from the web until some official makes a statement? I don’t know if Fr. Corapi is guilty or not – I’m just curious about protocol and the basis for it.

  35. Why do we feel the need for determining his punishment? That is God’s job alone. He made his confession, and assuming that his confession was made sincerely, with repentance, and the intention of avoiding further such activity, and that he completed his given penance, he has been absolved of his sin BY God. That does not mean he will not face temporal punishment in purgatory upon his death, but even if such punishment is completed here on earth, it is by God’s judgment, not ours. We are called to pray to our Father, and in that prayer, given to us by our Lord, Jesus Christ, we are to pray: “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Mt 6:12, Ignatius Study Bible). It is perhaps the most difficult of all the things we are called upon to do (at least, I know it is for me), but we need to be ever vigilant about trying. I believe Satan is having a celebration each time we set ourselves as “gods” to judge others. It is a personal goal of mine right now, and I invite prayer from all the Church to help me to reach this goal.

  36. diakonos09 says:

    The judgment criteria we use for others will be the criteria use dto judge us. So its our call….as for me I prefer mercy and seeking to heal and understand.

  37. Diakonos09,

    I heartily agree with your comments. Matters of consensual sex between adults are properly internal forum material.

    Yes, for pedophiles, I agree that cases where guilt has been proven need to be made public.

    Let’s start revealing the names of everyone in the Church who has committed adultery or indulged in porn in their marriage. Let’s assign penalties to them comparable to what we are doing to priests who have had consensual sex with adults. Adulterers sin against the Sacrament of Marriage, just as Priests sin against the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

    Now lets see the laity explain to me why married people should be held to a lower standard than the clergy. Then explain how that doesn’t relate to a 50% divorce rate, or why 40% of all sex abuse of children occurs in the home.

    This war on priests is a convenient way of expressing vicarious outrage and holding the laity to a lower standard of holiness.

  38. Maureen, you are correct that we should not judge and God will forgive all who ask with a sincere heart and true repentance.

    But there is a second issue, is a person is still fit for ministry and public office in the church? Read in the letters of St Paul the criteria that he lists for those who are chosen for ministry in the church. It is clear in the New Testament that a fallen minister is to be welcomed back to the community once he seeks forgiveness but that does not mean he is to be automatically re instated to a position of authority in the community. Looking at the mess the church has found itself these past years, one could think how much pain would have been avoided if this biblical mandate was observed better.

  39. George and diakonos09,

    as i stated in my earlier comment, there is a big difference between between giving someone forgiveness and the consequences of one’s behavior.

    When one assumes a pubic position and engages in behavior that is contrary to ones professed behavior, he is taking a big gamble if and when it is exposed and becomes public.
    This happens to ministers, teachers, public servants, politicians etc.

    as for ‘ordinary married folks’, just because it does not make the news does not mean it does not cause havoc in the lives and families of those who are involved.

    there is no such thing as just a private sin, all sin has consequences and ripples out to the whole community.
    this is why in the sacrament of confession the priest is not just a representative of Christ, but also a representivie of the whole community that has been hurt by the sins of the one involved.

    again forgiveness of sin and acceptance back to the community does not mean automatic return to one’s position of authority.

  40. pagansister says:

    Just more proof that priests are in need of female companionship once in a while—IOW, sex and a break from an all male club. Still haven’t figured out why the RCC feels that it’s priests must be celibate and unmarried. Marriage works for the priests in the Orthodox Churches.

  41. ThirstforTruth says:

    Deacon Kandra scores again!!! with “exposing” still another fallen priest to the World Wide Web!!! Hear it first here!!!
    You must cast a wide net as you fish the polluted seas of the rotten world of the American priesthood….to be so very “successful” in such illustrious “catches”. Our heartiest congratulations! Great job!!!

  42. brother jeff says:

    Gerard you make an incisive point there. I agree.

  43. I have known Mike Manning from a distance for 45 years.
    I studied with his order to become a priest in the sixties.

    When I was in seminary, the concept, for priests specifically, regarding CAUSING SCANDAL , was still “in effect”.

    That concept seems to have flown the coop! Especially, but not exclusive to, the molesting of the innocents.

    The church (Bshp. Barnes, in this case) response is partially why I am no longer a catholic.

    Too much “Do as I say, not as I do” going around.

  44. The Deacon isn’t the person who made this situation public. Father’s girlfriend did. If I understand correctly, she made the disclosure without Father Manning’s consent to make a statement about allowing priests to marry–at Father’s expense.

    Prior to the disclosure Father Manning’s situation bore no resemblence to a couple living together receiving communion or a divorce/remarried person receiving communion. Those are public sins–Father Mannings was not. I assume that if he was not in a state of grace when he performed the Sacraments that is an issue–and I’m pretty sure he’s aware of it. Cohabitating couples and divorced/remarried couples may not be aware that they cannot be sponsors or Eucharistic Ministers.

  45. Father Mike is a man a priest who has a passion for God. His teachings reflect his love for our Father and how our Father loves and lives in his life.
    We (the church) need to have Fr Mike in our lives and I hope he comes back stronger in his faith and trust in God. There is nothing that God can’t do and will do to keep us in His love.
    Blessings Father Mike.

  46. Having just read the interview, I find this case to be very sad. It reminds me of situations where a woman has a longtime affair with a married man with the hope that he will one day leave his wife…but in the end chooses to stay with her.

    I feel badly for both of them because no doubt they suffered immensely, but when people live a lie, the suffering spreads far beyond the parties involved … as we now see.

    He has made his choice…I hope they find peace.

  47. Another Vatican II priest who lost his faith a long time ago but never realized it. Pray for him that he rediscovers his priesthood and vows to the consecrated life to God not to sin. We all make mistakes and can only move forward. Hopefully Father Manning will seek to renew his spirituality by abandoning his very uncatholic ministry. “when all the laws are gone (Vatican II) and the devil is at your back what do you do? ..Saint Thomas More. I hope he seeks the guidance of a good seasoned traditional priest. Pride goeth before th fall.

  48. C. S. Lewis said “All the truly great sins are spiritual. Better a prostitute than a self righteous prig, but of course it is better to be neither.” A man who is also a priest in a public ministry sins for a long time. He confesses and ends the relationship and begins a time of rediscovering who he is and what it means to be a priest.
    It is not for me to judge another’s servant. Sinful actions are just that, sinful. We can say that but we cannot judge the person or his motives. We might do worse in his situation and only grace keeps us from much worse. Saints have said things like “him today, me tomorrow” not implying that they did do such things but were aware of their human weakness and their continual need for grace to keep themselves living purely. St. Francis said “there but for the grace of God go I” That is the human condition and it is all of our condition. So we cannot pass judgement on another without judging ourselves, for even if we did not commit this sin we have certainly committed others. And if they were the sin of judging then it is a worse sin. Our role is to pray for all sinners and offer our sufferings in union with the cross so that we can share in our Lord’s work.
    St. Paul says “I make up in my own flesh what is lacking to the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body the church” The only possible thing lacking to the sufferings of Christ is our participation. Since we all will have to suffer let us not waste it.
    Let us use it for the triumph of the Cross. Furthermore, every thought, every word, every deed will be present before the Lord and before ourselves at our own particular judgement. Perhaps we need to put our focus on “taking every thought captive to Christ” rather than on other’s failings. Blessings in Christ!

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