Tuesday, May 21, 2002

A Great Idea Inspired by a Reader of this Blog:

In a prior blog titled something like "How Not to Lose Your Faith", you mentioned the Sheen - Spellman rivalry. I was totally unaware of this, although I had listened (not read) alot of Archbishop Sheen. So I go to the website for keep the faith and see the prayer for the Beatification of Abp. Sheen. I say that prayer, and throw in one asking Abp. Sheen to ask God to help "accelerate" the renewal / clean-up of the Church. Within a week, it looks like a modern-day Spellman is going to get a big opportunity to repent. To be honest with you, As a doubting-Thomas, this freaks me out a little.

Here is the prayer for the Beatification for Archbishop Sheen, I hope that you will recite it and ask the Archbishop to intercede for the Roman Catholic Church in the United States:

Prayer to Obtain a Favor Through the Intercession of Archbishop Sheen
(For Private Use Only)

Eternal Father, You alone grant us every blessing in Heaven and on earth, through the redemptive mission of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit. In every age, You raise up men and women outstanding in holiness, whose faithful service has contributed significantly to the mission of the Church. In this very way, You used the life and work of Your servant, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen. He inspired great numbers of Catholics and other people of good will to grow in virtue and lead lives pleasing to You and of service to their brothers and sisters in need. He encouraged them to embrace the 'Gospel of Life' by recognizing that in all its circumstances, 'Life is worth living.'

If it be according to Your Will, Eternal Father, glorify Your servant, Archbishop Fulton John Sheen, by granting the favor I now request through his prayerful intercession (mention your request here). I make this prayer confidently in Jesus' Name, through the merits of His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

Amen.