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Accused Priest Commits Suicide

Father Benjamin Sellier, 47, threw himself under a train in Avesnelles near Avesne-sur-Helpe, France, at around 3am on Monday morning. He had just learned that he was being prosecuted for “sexual …More
Father Benjamin Sellier, 47, threw himself under a train in Avesnelles near Avesne-sur-Helpe, France, at around 3am on Monday morning.
He had just learned that he was being prosecuted for “sexual assault” of a young woman. Police found a letter in which he allegedly admitted to the facts, or rather put things in perspective.
Sellier had been under investigation for several months. He was the third of four children, the son of a Catholic doctor, a member of the church choir, and an altar boy. At 1.89m tall, he dreamed of becoming a notary or a policeman.
After graduating in law, he was Director General of services at Landrecies town hall (2003-2009). He entered the seminary at 33, was ordained in 2015, and arrived in Avesnes-sur-Helpe in 2020.
He was in charge of youth work and was the diocesan chaplain of the Eucharistic Youth Movement (MEJ).
In April 2021, a fire destroyed his church.
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john333
Pray Russia wins
Credo .
Pray for the conversion of poor sinners; pray for the conversion of our poor Priests and Bishops; pray for the conversion of 'Pope Francis'. Pray and do penance. Say the Rosary. 🙏 🙏 🙏 St. Pius X, ora pro nobis!
andrew24157
'The number of the elect is so small - so small - that were we to know how small it is, we should faint away with grief. The number of the elect is so small that were God to assemble them together, He would cry to them, as He did of old, by the mouth of His prophet, "Gather yourselves together, one by one" - one from this province, one from that kingdom.'
St. Louis Marie de Montfort
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'The number of the elect is so small - so small - that were we to know how small it is, we should faint away with grief. The number of the elect is so small that were God to assemble them together, He would cry to them, as He did of old, by the mouth of His prophet, "Gather yourselves together, one by one" - one from this province, one from that kingdom.'

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Read/download more here: >>> 31. Fewness - holy quotations for purification of the soul - Luxdeluce.com
mccallansteve
Without exception, God has mercy on all souls at the judgement
Liam Ronan
John 14:1-31 "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God: believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself: that where I am, you also may be."
Revelation 7: 9 "After this I looked, and there was a great multitude …More
John 14:1-31 "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God: believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself: that where I am, you also may be."

Revelation 7: 9 "After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands."
doghouseriley5
Train suicides never think of the poor train driver and track cleaners who will live with this memory forever. Don't kill yourself with a train.
andrew24157
Despair, no mercy for this priest.
Liam Ronan
Have you read of what Saint John Vianney told the woman whose husband committed suicide by jumping off a bridge? He told her that her husband was saved. He made an act of contrition in the last seconds of his life and was saved. Life ends when the soul leaves the body. We do not know when or how long that may be but it may be sufficient time to repent of grave sin. All things are possible for God. …More
Have you read of what Saint John Vianney told the woman whose husband committed suicide by jumping off a bridge? He told her that her husband was saved. He made an act of contrition in the last seconds of his life and was saved. Life ends when the soul leaves the body. We do not know when or how long that may be but it may be sufficient time to repent of grave sin. All things are possible for God. How does the Church Respond to Suicide?
andrew24157
Liam Ronan I know that story. If the priest died in despair it was all over: "This is that sin [despair] which is neither pardoned here nor there, because the soul would not be pardoned, depreciating My mercy. Therefore is this last sin graver to Me than all the other sins that the soul has committed." - God the Eternal Father to St. Catherine of Siena.
The post about Judas and other sinners is …More
Liam Ronan I know that story. If the priest died in despair it was all over: "This is that sin [despair] which is neither pardoned here nor there, because the soul would not be pardoned, depreciating My mercy. Therefore is this last sin graver to Me than all the other sins that the soul has committed." - God the Eternal Father to St. Catherine of Siena.
The post about Judas and other sinners is here: >>> Particular Judgment of Judas and other sinners - S…
Liam Ronan
@andrew24157 You write " If the priest died in despair it was all over..." You can't know that; nor can I. We have a duty beofre God to pray for his salvation. Period.
andrew24157
Liam Ronan Sure, you can pray if you have the time and pleasure. My "prayer schedule" is so full that I couldn't find the time for that priest. I miss in my prayers so many friends and enemies and benefactors and family members. Unfortunately, the facts are different from our wishes:
"The number of the saved is as few as the number of grapes left after the vine-pickers have passed."
St. Jean Marie …More
Liam Ronan Sure, you can pray if you have the time and pleasure. My "prayer schedule" is so full that I couldn't find the time for that priest. I miss in my prayers so many friends and enemies and benefactors and family members. Unfortunately, the facts are different from our wishes:

"The number of the saved is as few as the number of grapes left after the vine-pickers have passed."
St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars, Patron Saint of Parish Priests.

I prayed 15 Prayers of St. Birgitta, the 12-year prayer of St. Birgitta (completed 10 years), etc., just to see my loved ones and others descending into oblivion, contrary to the promises (I know now they were false). It's extremely difficult to save someone through example, prayers and suffering, who does not keep the commandments and does the Will of God.
Michael Boharski
@andrew24157 what exactly do you mean by...contrary to the promises (I know now they were false)
andrew24157
Michael Boharski For example, 12-year prayers of St. Birgitta of Sweden "promise" the following:
1-Soul suffers no purgatory
2-Soul who prays will be accepted among the Martyrs
3-Can choose 3 others whom Jesus will keep in a state of grace
4-no-one in successive 4 generations will be lost
5-conscious of death one month in advance.
I gave up praying that after 10 years, I am not sure if these promises …More
Michael Boharski For example, 12-year prayers of St. Birgitta of Sweden "promise" the following:
1-Soul suffers no purgatory
2-Soul who prays will be accepted among the Martyrs
3-Can choose 3 others whom Jesus will keep in a state of grace
4-no-one in successive 4 generations will be lost
5-conscious of death one month in advance.
I gave up praying that after 10 years, I am not sure if these promises are true.

As to the 15 Magnificent prayers' promises, I did not see them materialize for example this one:
"He made the following promises to anyone who recited these Prayers for a whole year: I will deliver 15 souls of his lineage from Purgatory. 15 souls of his lineage will be confirmed and preserved in grace. 15 sinners of his lineage will be converted."
There are 21 promises altogether.

Prayers by themselves are beautiful, but isn't the "Way of the Cross" beautiful as well? So, I switched to the more traditional ways of talking to God. There is one more thing - if you pray because of the promises - isn't there a bit of stench of pride around?
M M Milnes
Andrew, I will pray for you as well as for the priest. It does not take long to say one prayer or to add many intentions to a daily Rosary. Please be careful, brother, that you do not yourself fall into despair.
andrew24157
M M Milnes Thank you for your prayers. I hope I won't fall into despair, but it is up to God, I know. I pray for the priests and for the Pope every day for a very, very long time. Did you read that piece: "This is that sin [despair] which is neither pardoned here nor there, because the soul would not be pardoned, depreciating My mercy. Therefore is this last sin graver to Me than all the other sins …More
M M Milnes Thank you for your prayers. I hope I won't fall into despair, but it is up to God, I know. I pray for the priests and for the Pope every day for a very, very long time. Did you read that piece: "This is that sin [despair] which is neither pardoned here nor there, because the soul would not be pardoned, depreciating My mercy. Therefore is this last sin graver to Me than all the other sins that the soul has committed." - God the Eternal Father to St. Catherine of Siena.
Liam Ronan
While we are still living and, hence stewards with the ability to write-off some or all of the debt of Our Master's debtors, why not enroll a few (or many) of those debtors now and have their burden reduced or altogether written-off? They (The Poor Souls) won't ever forget you for it. Practice spiritual charity.
Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society
Reminder: Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society
M M Milnes
Glad to know this is still active. I sent a long list of names about 6 years ago but have another long list of persons deceased after that date so will e-mail again. I say the Rorate Caeli prayer for the souls and priests once a week (although I try to pray in general for the Holy Souls daily).
Liam Ronan
@M M Milnes There are always obituaries published in most every newspaper. I submit names every day from local newspapers. It doesn't matter if you knew them personally or not or even if they were Catholic. Canon 901
Credo .
Lord have Mercy! 😭