Fr. Corapi's Thanksgiving Day Message
He has hit things right on...while definitely not a traditional priest, he does have the moral issues spot on...

From Thanksgiving to Christmas

As we approach the United States’ traditional holiday of Thanksgiving, moving toward the Christian, and very American, celebration of Christmas, I am seeing more uncertainty, sadness, and fear than I can recall previously in my own lifetime. I have to admit I experience these things myself. Many good people might think that I should be above and beyond such emotions. Perhaps, but we are all human, and for better or for worse we all experience emotions of different types and degrees.

With unemployment somewhere between 10-15% in the United States at the present time, depending upon which region of the country you reside in, one can understand the uncertainty, the sadness, and the fear. My Grandmother used to say, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” She had lived through the Great Depression, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam war. She could tell you stories about days that were not so prosperous, not so happy, not so totally filled with hope. Yet, the sun always eventually came out again.

Jesus often said things like “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust;” and “Let your hearts not be troubled..;” etc. We would do well to remember this at a time when it is often not easy to be certain, happy, and without anxiety and fear. I have recently lost my closest ally and co-worker in the history of my ministry. My Goddaughter, Tamra, traveled well over a million miles with me, worked very hard, and enabled more than 300 events, often the only person working in my office and assisting me. Her husband, Matt, is mostly responsible for all of the videography and technological growth we have enjoyed. They are moving on to other things, and although my heart is broken at the loss, I can only wish them every blessing for the future. Their hard work and talent blessed millions of souls through the years. Sometimes it is brutally hard to go on, for all of us. Yet, time will go on, with us or without us.

Change can be traumatic. Often the older you are, the harder it is to endure change. I am not good at it, I must admit. Look at what has happened to the United States in our lifetime. If you think the trend is positive, we’re on a far different page. Seemingly caught in a fog of indecision, poor leadership, and rapidly evaporating wealth, America is dying. The cause is moral, not economic. If we end up with the curse of socialism, know very well that it was because we refused to “repent and believe the Good News, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Like so many other small businesses, our sales are at an all-time low, and although we are not a charity, many charities are about to wither up and die because support for them has likewise withered up and nearly died. Yet, what can good people do? They have to feed, clothe, and house their children and themselves before they can do anything else. Resources are shrinking. Needs are relentlessly constant.

We are going to try to do our part from Thanksgiving through the end of the year, reducing prices on our media materials as much as we can. How long we can do this, I don’t know. Volume determines how cheaply you can produce products, which determines the sales price. Lower volume means higher prices for raw materials, which ultimately means higher prices for retail goods. Nonetheless, we are going to try to hope for higher sales volume through lower prices.

Hope is the key word in this little note to you. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches in paragraph #1817:

“Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23).

God bless you always,

Fr. John Corapi
Yeah he's a good Priest and the message was good.
The guy has guts. And that is something that seriously lacking in our churches Priests with guts.
I remember one of his talks he talked about an elderly lady and she told him "You have a gift." and he said "Oh." She said yes, and your gift isn't preaching, although you have a gift for preaching, your main gift is you don't give a rats behind what people think about what you say." He said "Amen to that sister."

I would LOVE to be under Fr Corapi for spiritual direction. 
I have always wanted to go to St. Padre Pio for confession. But if God willing I get to meet him, I won't need to go to confession!


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