Friday, July 03, 2009

Hello, Newman!

Today's Vatican bulletin reports that Pope Benedict has approved a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, confirming a miracle attributed to John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Newman currently (technically) ranks as a "Venerable", and this miracle paves the way to being raised to the level of "Blessed", the last stop before Sainthood.

Start your prayers now. Most people are quick to turn to the "old reliables" when it comes to the Communion of Saints. I like to tell people, whilst Saints Anthony, Jude, Rita, Rocco, etc., are great, why not turn to a "Blessed" of the Church. They need that last miracle for Canonization. Besides, if it's your miracle that pushes him/her over the top, you get a great seat for the Pope's ceremony.

1 comment:

Christine and Neal said...

We're with you, Fr. Jay. We believe there is strong power in prayers asking intercession from those heading toward sainthood. For that reason, we began praying on behalf of others through Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory from our diocese. The Bishop as you know recently submitted a possible miracle attributed to her for investigation by the Vatican. We figure if God wants a holy person's canoniization, He will provide proof for it to others and your intention just might be the one God uses in His plan. On another note, just want to say we miss you very much at St. Thomas.