Saturday, August 20, 2011

St. John of Avila to be proclaimed Doctor of the Church

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

"Here’s an interesting bit of news made by Pope Benedict in Spain:
Announcement of the Holy Father

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With great joy, here in this Cathedral Church of Santa María La Real de la Almudena, I announce to the People of God that, having acceded to the desire expressed by Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, together with the members of the Spanish episcopate and other Archbishops and Bishops from throughout the world, as well as many of the lay faithful, I will shortly declare Saint John of Avila a Doctor of the universal Church..."

    Prayers for a personal and a larger, ecclesial intention

    by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

    I have in the past asked you for the support of prayers for personal intentions.  I still have a couple very heavy intentions for which I would still ask your prayers.

    However, I also suggest that you spend some time both praying and fasting if possible for another, important intention – call it intention X – which could have an impact on the larger Church.   Perhaps we might all keep this going until, say, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 14 September (which is coincidentally the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum going into force, a happy day).  You might has the help of the guardian angels of everyone involved.

    I am sorry about not being forthcoming with lots of details, but I think it is better to reduce discussion to how we can support intention X with lots of prayers.  God will know what intention X is in this instance.
    In your charity.

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