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HIDDEN SAINTS

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Sep 02, 2004

The hidden saints. They're important -- far more important than the scandals which often preoccupy us. Among the devout Jews, who must have a MINYAN, a quorum of ten men present for public worship, there is a pious belief that at every moment there is a minyan of ten truly pious, devout men, known but to God, whose piety is beheld by Him and holds back His wrathful arm.

A few years ago, I got to know well an online (and phone) buddy, Father Denis O'Brien. A Maryknoll Father, of the old school, he was a passionately orthodox, prolife (well known to the American Life League) Priest, a shepherd according to the mind and Heart of Jesus. And he was a veteran, who entered seminary after his military service.

He served faithfully. He tirelessly encouraged the rest of us. And his vision surfaced in the address of Senator Zell Miller to the Republican Convention.

It's good to remember that there are quiet saints out there, the "minyan of the righteous" if you will, who are, even in the worst times, vessels of God's grace.

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  • Posted by: quill - Sep. 02, 2004 3:47 PM ET USA

    Many thanks, Fr. Wilson, for your kind comments on the late Fr. Denis O'Brien. I remember him well from long-ago seminary days, but saw little of him in succeeding years since I was assigned to an Asian mission while he was South of the Border. Your generous description fits all that I know of him. RIP.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Sep. 02, 2004 11:18 AM ET USA

    Thanks for this great post. I almost never watch televsion and had to ask for help with the remote control yesterday. But I wanted to hear Senator Zell Miller's address to the RNC. I was gald that I did. Something like his address happens only a few times during one's life. And his quote on our debts to the soldier was especially poignant.

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