Father Catoir’s Farewell Column: Rejoice

Latin Rite, priest, ordination

To all my friends and loyal readers,

At 88 years of age, it is with much joy and sadness that I offer you my farewell column.  After spreading the Joy of Jesus these many years, the time has come for me to put down my pen and retire from writing, 

It has truly been my honor to spread the Joy of Jesus through my various ministries.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your support over the years.

I will keep all of you in my daily prayers and hope that you pray for me too.


“Rejoice in all Circumstances,” I agree with St. Paul because my Faith urges me to believe everything that JESUS taught. When I believe in God the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in His only begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, I believe firmly in the truth of his words, “I have come that your joy may be full, that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”

I believe Jesus always told us the truth. Let’s ponder this together.  Here’s how I approach this issue. Based on the words of JESUS, which were reaffirmed by St. Thomas:  “The center of the personality is in the will.” Modern psychology agrees with both of them, so I have concluded that it is possible to put on the will to be grateful and joyful in all circumstances.

In spite of sad feelings, we can choose joy over sorrow even in emotionally downtimes. Mourning the dead can be done with the focus on the eternal joy of heaven. Many find this impossible, and I understand their doubts, but thoughts can really control feelings.

We can focus on the truth that heaven is a better place to be. In the long run, Joy prevails over sorrow. Of course, many lack the faith to rise above their feelings, but as I’ve mentioned so often, the will has the power to control our thoughts.

If we have any hope of being a person of honor and dignity, we must follow the path toward holiness. Take a little time to think about this. The thoughts we think to control the emotions we feel, which eventually control the actions we perform. We need to accept Christian ideals as worthy goals. Of course, we are weak and sinful. Of course, we need Divine help and mercy. Mediocrity is the human condition but Christ called us to perfection; therefore, holiness is not only possible, but it is our destiny.

When Jesus said, “Love one another, as I have loved you,” He knew we could rise to the challenge with the help of His grace. Wherever there is love, there is service, and wherever there is service there is a sacrifice, which often involves suffering. Jesus died on a cross to save our souls for heavenly bliss. It’s all one-belief system.

I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen


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6 thoughts on “Father Catoir’s Farewell Column: Rejoice”

  1. Dear Father Catoir,
    I wish you all the best and especially God’s blessing on you. I feel like I grew up reading your columns. I’m not far behind you as I will be 81 on my next birthday. Your columns were always very informative and I always wanted to read them. God bless you in your retirement.

  2. Jesus is smiling at you dear Fr. You have and continue to spread “joy” as Jesus asked you to I will continue to pray for you 🙏🏻🌹

  3. Thank you, Father, for sharing your priesthood with us. I have read for so many years what you have written and been inspired by all of it. God created your life to help others. Pray for us!

    Walt Sweeney. (Brother of your dear friend, Frank Sweeney. May he

  4. Charles D Kowalski

    Avery simple yet profound lesson for life attainable to any who choose to embrace it. God bless you in retirement Fr. Catoir.

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