Monday, March 29, 2010

Rumor Has It...

... "that they have approved the miracle, and Ven. John Paul II will be beatified in April."

"No, rumor has it that the Ven. John Paul II will be beatified in October..."

The rumors are only that: rumors. The process for the recognition of a miracle is more complicated. First the local diocese has to investigate, which Aix and Arles in France did in regard to Sr. Marie Simon. They submitted the report of their Process "Super Miro" to the Postulator, who then submitted it to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. But the congregation doesn't look at supposed miracles until a declaration of heroic virtue is issued by the Holy Father. 

And that process begins with the Postulator writing a "Positio" or "position," which gets submitted to a committee of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. After the committee decides to accept the "Positio" it moves on to the vote of the entire Congregation. When they have approved the "Positio", they ask the Holy Father to issue the decree of heroic virtue, declaring that the Servant of God is indeed "venerable." That happened for JPII this past December. 

Now the supposed miracle submitted to the Postulator by the Diocese of Aix and Arles goes through a similar process. A certain committee in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints has to approve it, submit it to the vote of the entire Congregation and then the Congregation presents it to His Holiness for his final decision. When the Holy Father signs the approval of the miracle, we will know because Vatican Information Service will issue a press release with the news of the Holy Father signing various decrees recognizing miracles. 

He just did that Saturday (March 27th) and the miracle attributed to John Paul II was not among them. Even if it were, a beatification would not be scheduled so soon after the signing of the recognition of the miracle. It would be scheduled at least 6 months later as that amount of time to plan for the event would be necessary. 


So there is no way the rumor that John Paul II is going to be beatified in April is true, and unless the Holy Father signs more decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in April, it does not look like the rumor that John Paul II will be beatified in October holds any water either.

The thing to remember is that there are thousands upon thousands of causes open and under investigation, and the number of people working on the committee in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints can be counted on one hand. So, they will get to the miracle attributed to JPII when they get to it. And when they do get to it, it will not be signed by the Holy Father until everyone has had their say. We just need to be patient.


Once a recognition of a miracle attributed to John Paul II is signed by the Holy Father, please be sure to add six months to a year to that date for all your rumors about when John Paul II's beatification will take place.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Real St. Patrick

Here's a little prayer connected to St. Patrick to counteract the false notion that today should be about getting drunk, wearing green, and being kissed (and more) simply because one claims to be Irish.


Lorica of Saint Patrick

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From every one who desires me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil,
Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of women and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.
Christ shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

St. Patrick (ca. 377) 

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! -- The Blessings of the Feast of St. Patrick to you all!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Listening to the Word of God

At Youth Group last night we were discussing listening to the Word of God with humility from the Imitation of Christ.

How all the words of God are to be heard with humility, and how many consider them not:
"My Son, hear My words, for My words are most sweet, surpassing all the knowledge of the philosophers and wise men of this world. My words are spirit, and they are life, and are not to be weighed by man's understanding. They are not to be drawn forth for vain approbation, but to be heard in silence, and to be received with all humility and with deep love."
And I said, "Blessed is the man whom Thou teachest, O Lord, and instructest him in Thy law, that Thou mayest give him rest in time of adversity, and that he be not desolate in the earth."


One of the things that was discussed is that listening to the Word of God is more than simply reading scripture or obeying the commandments, as important as these are. Listening to the Word of God also means hearing God speak to us in the depths of our hearts in the midst of our daily lives.

When one encounters God directly speaking to us where we are at, we begin to see that He really does love us and is looking after us, that He is not a "far off God", but one who draws near to us.