A Prayer For March 28, 2020
On March 28, 2020, Fr. Christopher and the true parish of St. Isabel will have been suffering for 1,247 days. While it is rightly difficult to speak of suffering when so many in the world are dying on account of the global coronavirus pandemic, it is still the reality that what the virus does is add yet another layer of suffering to the suffering that has been with us for a very long time now, just as it does the same to those who have already been suffering chronic or life threatening diseases. And so while it increases the angst of most people, it doesn’t erase the days of upset, stress, and even anger, that has plagued our local community since October 28, 2016. While the coronavirus is surely capable of diverting the attention of many, there are still those who have to live with the already existing tension brought about by the malicious actions of an embarrassingly evil Shepherd.
It is hard to imagine an ecclesiastical protocol which could have caused more trouble and upset to a local community. Without the prejudice that fueled the Bishop’s desire to enable the Knott family to make Fr. Christopher’s life a living hell, all of this might never have occured, and our faith community would be facing the single evil of the coronavirus and learning how to be a community of faith in the midst of a pandemic. Instead our battles are on multiple fronts, for no battle will be brought to a conclusion in the foreseeable future.
Our readers should be aware, that all appearances to the contrary, Fr. Christopher Senk is still the Pastor of St. Isabel Church, the Bishop as yet being unable to forcibly remove him. The pathetic staff of course sees it differently, as is evidenced by their treating Fr. Christopher like a criminal, when all he wanted to do was remove his things from the rectory and the church. The removal of Fr. Christopher’s name from the parish bulletin is just a meanspirited act by people who think that it will make a real difference, perhaps with the new people joining the parish who will never have any real knowledge of what they are truly missing.
And so while we all live our socially-distanced lives, let us take time to pray for Fr. Christopher, the parish of St. Isabel, the troubled world we live in, all those who will get sick in this pandemic, and especially those who are on the front lines fighting this pandemic. Let us, too, pray for our enemies, especially those who have caused so many of us such great harm. May God show them the mercy, that they refused to show to us.