Chris Ferrara’s Phone Call From John Vennari


by Christopher A. Ferrara

As this column appears, John Vennari, my dear friend of twenty years and a comrade-in-arms in the traditional Catholic press, is reaching the end of his battle against colon cancer. He called me yesterday to say goodbye — the selfless act of a courageous Catholic who is fighting the good fight and keeping the Faith to the end.

John has been able to receive all the helps of the Church to prepare him for eternity, including those that remit all temporal punishment for sin. Even if God does not grant the great miracle of a cure, John has already been granted the incomparable grace of a well-provided death. We should all pray to be so blessed when our time comes, as it will very soon in the scheme of things.
In his humility, John has requested “prayers for my Purgatory.” We must, of course, perform that spiritual work of mercy for our friend and fellow Catholic. But if John is indeed about to pass from this world into the next, there is every reason to hope that the helps he has been so blessed to receive will hasten the day when he will hear those glorious words of Our Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and enter that realm where “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.”

Pray for John. And consider arranging the offering of The Thirty Gregorian Masses for him as well as regular Masses.

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