Thursday, December 26, 2013

Angelus Article on Fr. Hannifin (1912-2001) by Fr. Tim Pfeiffer

Here's a link to the Angelus Article.  Fr. Hannifin, as many of you know, was the family pastor of Fr. Joe Pfeiffer and his brother Fr. Tim in Boston, Kentucky.  The Resistance movement stands on the shoulders of Fr. Hannifin and the many lessons he taught the faithful of Tradition and the virtues he helped to form in Fr. Joe.  Ave Maria!  Here's a quote from the article.

"Father would also make up for the crisis in the Church by giving several sermons each Sunday. The first was an extemporaneous commentary on the announcements including current events such as God's judgment on Carter or Brezhnev. The second came after the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel and the third was a florilege of thoughts and dicta suggested by the contents of the second sermon. Throughout his sermons Father definitely mastered a type of style seen somewhat in the Fathers of the Church, which was use of a type of paradox wherein they would expose two opposite poles of a problem. For Father it would come out like this: "I know we can't judge anyone, but if he (e.g., Kruschev) isn't in hell nobody is!" or "Comparisons are odious, but it's like this" There were entertaining interruptions such as when he would cry out loud: "Joe Bell Jr.! Wake up!" Or "You two boys in the front row! Knock it off right now!" We all learned how the fear of the Lord was the beginning of wisdom."

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