Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Pontificate, New Saint?

I had made the decision to do this back when the Holy Father, John Paul, died. Now I am prepared to reveal what I have been working on. I personally think that John Paul should not only be called the Great but also Saint John Paul. Without being sacriligious, personally, he went to Heaven so directly, there were skid marks on the carpet of the papal apartment. I wanted to share this prayer for canonization which I composed with all of you. Use it generously and dedicate your tough petitions to him. John Paul, through the grace of God, took down communism. Anything you and I offer are peanuts in comparison.

Prayer for the Canonization of John Paul the Great

God of Mercy and of Justice,
you graciously deigned to give to your Church
a firm foundation stone as she travels
her pilgrim way in the world.
Your Son called Simon the Apostle, Peter, making him the rock
upon which the Church would be founded.
In the successors of St. Peter, we hear you speaking, strengthening the faith
of your children, demonstrating that you have not left us orphans.
You have, in every age and in every place, led the people
claimed by your Son
through the visible shepherd of our unity.
We praise you for your generous care for our souls.

In our own time,
you have blessed the Church with an outstanding example
of truth and virtue in the person of John Paul II.
He made of himself a gift, freely and totally given, to your Son
through His Blessed Mother.
Despite sorrow in his life, he has called us, in your name,
to be not afraid,
to set out into deep water,
to not settle for mediocrity.
We praise you and thank you for your generosity.

If it be in accordance with your will,
raise this holy man to the glories of the altar.
Manifest in our times signs and wonders
which demonstrate that he rests now in the glory of Heaven.
By his intercession, I bring my petition to you. (Mention your petition here.)

Glory and honor to you, through your Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit,
now and until the ages of man run dry.

We ask these things through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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