"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pere Jacques

New Martyr

Pere Jacques Hamel, 84.

Fr. Hamel was murdered by terrorists during Mass in the parish church in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting "Allahu Akbar," slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.
The priest, Jacques Hamel, was dead at the scene, and another person, possibly a nun, was clinging to life, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. - Source

 Prayers for the victims and survivors.  Prayers for the repose of Pere Jacques soul.  Prayers in thanksgiving for his priesthood, his fidelity, and being conformed to Our Lord Jesus Christ Crucified.  May he experience the power flowing from His Resurrection and obtain for us peace and an end to terrorism.

église à Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray


  1. Fr. Jacques Hamel was killed out of hatred for the faith, so the Church has a new martyr. I pray for the person in critical condition and for the souls of all who think killing people at Mass is a good thing to do.

    1. Maria,
      Thank you for sharing the idea of praying for the souls of all who think killing people at. It is something I will now do.


  2. I wish I could say I'm shocked and horrified, but I'm not. It'll just keep coming.

  3. FIRST Martyr.....Martyr for the new Mass....should drive the Latin Mass crowd nuts.....Trads condemn Priests like this to hell when alive but pray for them when dead?

  4. Are you paying attention to our Lady of La Salette?

  5. Beautiful post, Terry. Thank you.


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