Without Christ

Fr Leo Clifford OFM

Requiescat in pace. Here is a comment made on the webpage linked to above:

Fr Leo was a sage and gentle confessor, whose exhortations invariably gave one courage and hope. When I would end a confession with the formula “I am sorry for these sins and for all the sins of my past life,” he would say “Now let me take them all away from you!” On one occasion — without revealing too much here! — he told his penitent (me), “You’re not wicked! You’re weak and foolish.” I inwardly smiled at the indubitable truth of this diagnosis!


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10 Responses to Without Christ

  1. Frere Rabit says:

    It is exactly that kind of Franciscan evangelism that first drew me to the Christian faith. Thank you for reminding me – a long way down the road mostly travelled – as I now frequently wonder what on earth I am doing in a Church that seems filled with siren voices calling for protestant ways that I abandoned many years ago to become a Catholic.



  2. Toad says:

    Had not Father Clifford followed a religious calling, he would surely have made a spectacular career “treading the boards, dear boy” as the old hams, ‘resting’ in Soho pubs, used to say.
    He had ‘the voice.’ And the looks.

    What a Lear he would have made!


  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Are you sure you are being pre-moderated? When I am in charge of detentions, I never allow rood norty boys to go running around the playground shouting!


  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Our National Holiday today 😉

    Yes, the USA looks down on us, but, statistically speaking, we’re fitter, richer, better educated, drink less and have more sex.


  5. Toad says:

    “Pre-moderated”? Sounds tautological.
    Possibly. But how would I know? All very baffling for a Toad of little brain.

    The USA has progressively fewer reasons for looking down on anyone, these days.
    And Canadians are better at irony, as well. Comes from drinking less.
    Better than anyone else in the world, in fact.
    Or so I’m told.


  6. golden chersonnese says:

    Our National Holiday today

    But quite below Australia (2) and the USA (3) on the UN Human Development Index, we can see, johnhenry. Canada is in 11th position, Norway being 1st. UK is 26th and even Al-Andalus is 23rd. No wonder Toad emigrated.

    jh, I’m not sure if it is appropriate to ask you here, but can you give me your view on a certain Kevin Annett, also a product of the world’s 11th most humanly developed nation> He appears lately to be taking the credit for Pope Benedict’s resignation.

    A splendid Dominion Day, JH, or is it called something different these days? Probably.


  7. Toad says:

    Does that mean only Norwegians and Australians are more Humanly Developed than USA humans?
    Toad finds that hard to believe, having seen Arkansas up close.

    Unless it’s just a euphemism for “fat.”


  8. johnhenrycn says:

    GC: Alas, ‘though our national holiday used to be called “Dominion Day” (Ps.72:8 “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea” KJV), in 1982, our then Prime Minister, a “devout” Catholic, in an effort to be inclusive, decided to change the name to Canada Day. Still, it’s the greatest country in the world. Of course, that’s just my unbiased opinion (oxymoron alert, Tiddles!!). Did I mention that we have sex more often than our neighbours to the south?


  9. johnhenrycn says:

    GC: I’d never heard of this Kevin Annett chap ’til you mentioned his name. Hard to find info on the web. Got a link? Is he what some might call a “rum cove”? If so, I prefer Annette Funicello (RIP).


  10. golden chersonnese says:

    Thanks, johnhenry, not to trouble yourself further. Hardly worth the trouble if you’ve never heard of him. But if you google him you’ll see what I mean.

    I think I like this new arrangement on CP&S. I just increased your popularity by half a star, JH!


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