We continue to pray for the Repose of the Soul of Fr. Kenneth Walker who was shot to death a year ago in the rectory of Mater Misericordiae FSSP Parish June 11, downtown Phoenix, Arizona USA. Article published today at Azcentral.
There will be a Requiem High Mass for Fr.
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Walker this evening at 6:30 pm June 11 at Mater Misericordiae Mission, 1537 W. Monroe St. Phoenix. phoenixlatinmass.com.Picture of Fr. Kenneth Walker from one of his first Masses at OLSW Academy, Canada
When ever we traditional Catholic priests offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the whole idea of the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary, re-made present at that Requiem Mass, really becomes evident. When offering this Sacrifice, we cannot help thinking about our own life and death as a traditional Catholic priest who are to offer our lives in union with Jesus everyday. Father Ignacio Flores, a martyr for Jesus in the Mexican Masonic Persecution in Mexico
We priest are called to be Alter Christus and Victim Souls with the One and Only High Priest, Jesus Christ. Every time we offer the sacrifice of the Holy Mass, we are to offer our lives, in union with Jesus, for the salvation of souls. That means we are to literally suffer with Jesus, in His passion, to save others. Offer our lives with Jesus to save souls.At every consecration, the priest says: “This is My Body”, “This is My Blood”, because it is Jesus, in us, offering Himself to the Father for the salvation of souls and forgiveness of sins. At every Holy Mass, we priests are truly acting in “Persona Christi”, the person of Jesus Christ. For this reason we do not say: “Jesus said this is My Body”, or “Jesus said this is My Blood”. We say: This is My Body, My Blood.
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As selfish, spoiled priests, we tend to avoid suffering. But we also know that we are “supposed to” live a sacrificial life with Jesus, like all the saints taught and lived. We are suppose to be a living victims with Jesus. Fr. Walker, as a traditional priest, was trained in the traditional understanding of the Holy Priesthood. He knew what it meant to be a priest. I am sure his family can tell you, his classmates from Seminary can tell you and Fr. Terra can tell you, he correctly understood the gravity of being a Catholic priest. He was shot and died wearing his priestly Cassock.Father Alvarez gave his life for Christ the King, shot by the Federales Soldiers, March. 1927
Hopefully all of of us priests are touched by the life and death of Jesus, and priests who are murdered, like Fr. Walker. We wonder, could I be next? But I also know that many many holy lay Catholics live sacrificial lives too, out of love for Jesus Christ and His Church. Hopefully each one of us priests are as prepared, as Fr. Walker was, to die. He actually died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. When the paramedics opened up his collar to work on him to see if they could save him, the saw the scapular and medals around his neck. We pray that many, many young men will think about giving up their lives in a sacrificial way as traditional Catholic priests.
Fr. Walker has left a huge holy wake of traditional Catholicism behind his life and death. His death was reported in the news all over the world.
May each one of us, who are read this, meditate on the way we may die and what we would like to leave behind. Hopefully people will see how we lived our Catholic faith, remember our good deeds and still feel our love.
I also want to encourage all of you to video tape your final message of your life and words that you would like to be remembered for. Have that video played at the reception after your funeral and have copies for your family to keep.
Fr. Terra will be leaving Mater Misericordia and going to Texas. We pray for his future and that much good will continue to come from his priesthood. Thank God he survived.
We continue to pray for Gary Moran who beat and stabbed Fr. Terra, and who killed Fr. Walker. Like St. Maria Goretti, who forgave her murderer, her mother did too and prayed for his conversion. We also mush forgive and pray for Gary Moran, who is responsible for this terrible crime. If one soul is saved by the life and death of Fr. Walker, it was well worth it. St. Maria Goretti’s mother adopted the man who murdered her daughter as a son, after his conversion. He was present at the Vatican when she was canonized.
Please continue to pray for Fr. Walker’s family, especially his father and mother. You can just imagine what Mary felt watching her son being tortured to death on the cross. Mr and Mrs Walker, are still going through much grief. Any of you parents can just imagine or have already gone through something similar. You know what they are still feeling. May Our Lady of Sorrows be close to them and all his family.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.