Post by Albertoni on May 23, 2018 14:30:46 GMT
On the feast of St. Joseph the worker (May 1, 2018), Father Daniel Cooper passed away after a long illness. He was 56 years old. He died at a hospital in Houston, Texas. Father Cooper did his seminary in Ridgefield and Bishop Williamson was his spiritual director. During all his life, he remained deeply grateful to Bishop Williamson and he always considered him as a father. Here is what Fathe Cooper said about him :
" [...] I've known Bishop Williamson for twenty nine years. He gave the very first retreat at Winona. He was rector of the seminary from my second year in the seminary onwards. He was my spiritual director and I'm pretty sure I would not be a priest were not for Bishop Williamson. And I think there are many others who would say the same thing, that they would never become a priest, a seminarian were not for him. You've attend his sermons and you would there was never a better preacher. You go to his retreats, you say : 'Oh ! my goodness, he's the best retreat master !'. You go to his lectures and class and you say : 'There was never a better teacher or professor !'. So very, very fine man. And I want you to remember all the things that he's suffered during the years that he was in charge of the United States district [...] and all the things that he did for us. I want you to recall those things so you remember to pray for him and not to hold in your heart any resentment for him. [...] Remember what this man has done for us... and never forget all the sacrifices he's made. I hope that you can tell that I love him dearly. He's like a father to me. And I think to many of you as well for all the sacrifices he's made for us. [...] So, my dear friends, pray for Bishop Williamson. Remember what he's done for the Church and try your best to always support him. And especially through prayer. " (Fr Cooper on Bishop Williamson -Youtube)
When we look back to this admirable tribute to Bishop Williamson, it seems to be a serious warning to traditionalists. Let us understand the message and let us do our best to always encourage and support Bishop Williamson who is truly our father. He certainly deserve our respect and our affection for all the sacrifices he has made (and he is still making) for all us.
Let us pray for Father Cooper and for Bishop Williamson.