Again, in regard to the dust up in the Diocese of Kansas City -St. Joseph, over at SERVIAM there is a very good proposal, couched in the no-nonsense language we like around here at WDTPRS.
In Support of Bishop Finn
by RJS | 29th May 2011
I nor anyone else outside the chancery of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph will ever know exactly who said what, when and to whom leading to the current storm over the handling of Fr. Shawn Ratigan. Regardless, I am privileged to know Bishop Finn. I know many people who know him intimately and work with him daily. Based on this knowledge, I have every confidence that he acted with love and concern for all and that whatever was broken will be fixed and we will get back to the business of fighting Satan and saving souls. [OOH-RAH!]
Priestly vocations have soared under Bishop Finn. Satan does not like that. [Not one bit. And Satan hates priests and bishops with a particular violence.] At least two traditional groups of nuns have relocated here recently. He does not like that either. [Not a bit. Imagine the good work these women do.] Liturgical celebrations are more reverent, people are returning to frequent Confession, Catholic education is seeing a resurgence and a Cause for Canonization is being conducted here. Satan’s influence here has been pushed back so it’s no surprise he is stepping up. The Church in Kansas City and Bishop Finn in particular are under attack. [And everyone in the unity of Christian charity is, therefore, under attack due to the attack on him.]
This purpose of this post is simply to say that I support Bishop Finn and I stand with him.
God bless you, Your Excellency.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Since the diocese also bears the name of the mighty St. Joseph, a prayer to St. Joseph is in order as well.
Joseph is Protector of the Church and, in his litany, is invoked as “Terror of Demons”.
Prayer to St. Joseph in time of Distress – Written by Pope Leo XIII, a partial indulgence is attached to this prayer (EnchInd 19).
We come to thee, O blessed Joseph, in our sore distress. Having sought the aid of thy most blessed spouse, we now confidently implore thy assistance also. We humbly beg that, mindful of the dutiful affection which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and of the fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, thou wilt lovingly watch over the heritage which Jesus Christ purchased with His blood, and by thy powerful intercession help us in our urgent need.
Most powerful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen race of Jesus Christ; drive far from us, most loving father, every pest of error and corrupting sin. From thy place in heaven, most powerful protector, graciously come to our aid in this conflict with the power of darkness, and as of old thou didst deliver the Child Jesus from supreme peril of life, so now defend the holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Have each of us always in thy keeping, that, following thy example, and borne up by thy strength, we may be able to live holily, die happily, and so enter the everlasting bliss of heaven. Amen.
Ad te beate Ioseph, in tribulatione nostra confugimus, atque, implorato Sponsae tuae sanctissimae auxilio, patrocinium quoque tuum fidenter exposcimus. Per eam, quaesumus quae te cum immaculata Virgine Dei Genetrice coniunxit, caritatem, perque paternum, quo Puerum Iesum amplexus es, amorem, supplices deprecamur, ut ad hereditatem, quam Iesus Christus acquisivit Sanguine suo, benignus respicias, ac necessitatibus nostris tua virtute et ope succurras.
Tuere, o Custos providentissime divinae Familiae, Iesu Christi subolem electam; prohibe a nobis, amantissime Pater, omnem errorum ac corruptelarum luem; propitius nobis, sospitator noster fortissime, in hoc cum potestate tenebrarum certamine e caelo adesto; et sicut olim Puerum Iesum e summo eripuisti vitae discrimine, ita nunc Ecclesiam sanctam Dei ab hostilibus insidiis atque ab omni adversitate defende: nosque singulos perpetuo tege patrocinio, ut ad tui exemplar et ope tua suffulti, sancte vivere, pie emori, sempiternamque in caelis beatitudinem assequi possimus. Amen.
You can add comments of support here, also indicating what penances you will perform for Bp. Finn’s intention. Please do so as well at SERVIAM.
I suspect that if you pray for him and do penance, you will also be attacked in various ways. Take courage.
I am adding prayers to St. Joseph to the live stream of the Z-Cam and Radio Sabina. The Benedictines of Mary, whom Bp. Finn welcomed into the diocese, have a lovely hymn to St. Joseph. I will put that on the stream as well.
I will start my spiritual war by saying Mass tomorrow, Monday – Feria Secunda in Rogationibus – for Bishop Finn. It is a Rogation Day, so I’ll have my own little “beating of the bounds”. And pray for me, please. When I do stuff like this, bad things follow.
The combox will be open, but not for the purpose of endless debate or rehashing the shoulda, coulda, woulda yet again. Time to pray. Very simple.