Monday, 9 September 2013

A time for prayer and a time to gather?

".....And a time to blog"
Father Ray Blake and the issue of the Brighton journalist have occupied the minds of many over the past three or four days and little more needs to be said except that, it is good to see how the Catholic family responds when one of their best loved priests is under threat.

Now Father Ray is considering a dignified withdrawal from blogging, and who could blame him?
He is not leaving because he is bruised and battered, he will shoulder any amount of abuse on behalf of the Christ.

He is leaving because he does not wish to bring acrimony or embarrassment to his brother priests and his bishop.

Well, acrimony they should deal with and, if embarrassed, they need to go and sit on a hard rock on a mountainside somewhere for a few days and reflect on their purpose in life.

We can do little for Father Ray other than to offer him our support by leaving a comment HERE and, most importantly, by dedicating a daily rosary on his behalf this week - a spiritual bouquet that will help him return to us with all haste.


All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.      
 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.     A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build.      
 A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.      
 A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather.
A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away.      
 A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.      
 A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace.      
 What hath man more of his labour?      
 I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.


  1. If brother priests are embarrassed by muscular Christianity, it's a time for them to man up - and that goes for bishops, too.
    I can't conceive of a permanent silence from Fr. Blake. Had I not discovered his blog, I would still be in isolation as a Catholic, adrift in a sea of sentimental slush which, too often, passes for 21st century Catholicism.
    Nor would I have come upon the other brilliant Catholic blogs like yours which have encouraged me not to despair, but to keep the Faith, slog though it may be.
    This poor Catholic is ever grateful for that. My daily Memorare for Fr. Blake began some time ago when it became clear that there were forces out to "get him". A Rosary will be even better.
    Thank you, Richard.

  2. A spiritual bouquet is an excellent idea, Richard. Count me in.

  3. Me too Richard. If Father Ray stopped his blog many sheep would starve. For some, his blog (and few others) provide thoughtful insights into our faith and our christian lives with sound teaching of Holy Church. For those that are housebound such blogs are a life-line.

  4. Richard,
    Count me in too! Where are the bishops they should be standing up and being counted in defense of their priests and the Church? God bless Fr. Blake!

    God Bless,


  5. Count me in.I will be forever grateful for his blog.A good and holy priest.

  6. Count me in.A rosary bouquet is the perfect choice.

  7. We Catholics are heading for a period of persecution. A most important way of spreading any message today is via the internet. That is the future of communication, and the Church must be solidly involved.

    Equally those who wish to destroy the Mystical Body of Christ on this Earth will do everything they can to ensure our silence in this field. They have already succeeded with conventional communications as witnessed by the near 100% silence of our bishops and priests.

    Partly as a result of this, there is a new phenomenon of lay advocates of Catholicism, solidly in the tradition of Belloc and Chesterton, via blogs and other methods, such as is used by Voris.

    But we must have our priests as well and therefore give Fr Blake and others all the support we can.

  8. This is precisely the juncture at which we as Carholics ought not to silence ourselves, leaving the public square to the atheists - the whole purpose of such cowardly, dishonest attacks is to intimidate true Catholics into going into hiding. It is even more important not to stop doing our duty as Catholics, including Catholic priests, when so many Bishops have lined up with our persecutors against us. Fr Blake and other faithful priests bring many souls to God, and encourage other Catholics to keep on fighting for the truth in the public square.

  9. We have followed Fr Ray's blog for over one year and find his articles very interesting and thought provoking, in the most positive sense of the Word.e is More than that; there is no doubt whatsoever that Fr Ray Blake is a deeply faithful priest. There is always a very warm tone in his articles, they are never "intellectually Cold", We can only say, with great emphasis, that we would like to see many more priets like Fr Ray. He seems to live what the Gospel teaches. This is obviously very challenging for many, WHO have never had to do anything for and with the poor. Of course, Fr Ray is right, when he is telling us that the poor CAN be very demanding, but he is aso saying that christians must never turn their backs to hem, which he, himself, has proven, over many years.
    What has the catholic bashing journalists done for the poor? WHERE ARE THEIR SOUP KITCHENS?