Support Bishop Finn: proposal for prayers, penance against the attacks of Hell.

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.

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  1. vellemere says:

    “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. ” (Eph. 6:12)

    Rosary intentions and fasting in support of Bishop Finn.

  2. TKS says:

    I am praying rosaries and offering daily Mass for Bishop Finn and all the others being persecuted.

  3. r.j.sciurus says:

    On behalf of the people of the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph, thank you Fr. Z and all. Thank you very much.
    – RJS

  4. Hawklets 87 says:

    “Accept whatever befalls you, in crushing misfortune be patient, for in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation.” Sirach 2:4-5

    Bishop Finn is a worthy man, and he is surely being tested. But God will not abandon him, and neither will his flock. We will pray for him daily until this cross is lifted.

    Lord, please send us more shepherds like Bishop Finn!

  5. Cristero says:

    The enemy always seeks to attack those who do good. Bp. Finn and you, Fr. Z., are in my prayers.

  6. TNCath says:

    Bishop Finn is a tough bird. He will survive this and more in years to come.

  7. AnAmericanMother says:

    I’ll offer my daily Rosary and any daily Masses I attend this week for Bishop Finn. And for you too Fr. Z, sounds like you might need the support.

  8. Mitchell NY says:

    GOD Bless you Bishop Finn and Father Z both. There are many from all over the world which your messages reach though we may not be visible in your congregation or present at your Masses. You will remain in our Prayers.

  9. oledocfarmer says:

    A novena of Rosaries.

  10. Some people may be under the impression that this combox is open so that people can argue about things or rehash the debate.

    That’s the wrong impression.

    If you are not interested in providing support of prayer, then perhaps you will need not to post under this entry.

  11. Phillip says:

    Prayers for Bishop Finn and all the Church in Kansas City – St. Joseph.

  12. Dirichlet says:

    Bp. Finn: Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito!

    My prayers are with you.

  13. Andrew says:

    St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, intercede for Bishop Robert, whose diocese bears your name.

    Protect him, as you looked after your spouse, the Mother of the God-Man, and may all unjust criticisms and accusations be obscured so that the beauty of his work in Kansas City-St Joseph, may be manifest to all.

    Asking this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  14. IntroiboAdAltareDei says:

    Prayers will be coming all the way from Australia, as well. I will especially remember Bishop Finn, and the clergy, seminarians and laity of the diocese, in my Divine Office and Holy Rosary, especially at this time of trial. Sancte Joseph, ora pro nobis! Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio. (Thank you for highlighting this call to prayer and penance!)

  15. Norah says:

    I will do penance for Bp Finn. St Josemaria Escriva please intercede for Bp Finn.

  16. Liz says:

    I will pray for all involved as well.

  17. s i says:

    Fr. Z: Went to Mass this morning and also said a Rosary for you and Bishop Finn.

  18. benedetta says:

    I will also add my prayer to St. Joseph and I am making a contribution for support of the Benedictines of Mary.

  19. RCGuerilla says:

    When I pray the Rosary, I offer each bead for a different intention. I now add this, as well as the Bishop, the diocese, and you Father Z to my prayers and intentions.

  20. St. Louis IX says:

    I will also Pray for The Bishop, and all those involved. I will also recomend this intention to my children.

    Behold the Cross of the Lord! Fly, ye powers of darkness! The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David has conquerred. Alleluia!

  21. AnAmericanMother says:

    I had forgotten St. Anthony’s Brief. A great prayer.

  22. LittleFlower says:

    Prayed a decade of the Rosary

  23. JSArt867 says:

    Perhaps this invocation of the Precious Blood will be useful. It comes out of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer’s now unpublished book, “Exorcism and the Church Militant”, with the “in Your Name” and “attacks” and the following added by myself, since my typed version for some reason did not include them and I could locate the originals in the book. Fr. Euteneuer says that praying this prayer for himself and with the families of exorcism ‘patients’ (for lack of a better word) consistently protected them from Satanic “backlash” throughout the exorcism process:

    Lord Jesus, I beseech You in Your Name to pour out Your Precious Blood and cover and spiritually seal me, my family and all my property, actions, projects and relationships with Your Precious Blood. Cover my mind, heart and emotions and protect them from the attacks of the Enemy. Amen.

  24. MaryW says:

    Will keep Bishop Finn in my daily prayers.

  25. Dr. Eric says:

    I offer my prayers through the intercession of St. Robert Bellarmine.

  26. I will be offering Rosaries and doing other small penances , a bit of fasting. I will also offer a Mass.

  27. fbcallicoat says:

    A great idea.

    I will do penance for this heroic bishop this week, in the form of getting up an hour earlier than normal and praying the traditional breviary.

    Lord Jesus, Father of all mercies, come to the aid of thy servant, Bp. Finn!

  28. oldCatholigirl says:

    Did a modified fast (best I can manage) today for Bp. Finn, also a Rosary. And included both of you in my Mass intentions.

  29. Julee says:

    I will pray a rosary for Bishop Finn…..God Bless him and all priests who are persecuted for doing the right thing.

  30. irishgirl says:

    Prayers for Bishop Finn, a brave and true shepherd!

  31. amsjj1002 says:

    I’ve known of Bishop Finn through his association with ICRSS. I will continue to ask my patron saints, especially St. Joseph, St. Thomas of Canterbury, and Blessed John Henry Newman, to intercede for him and his diocese. He’ll also be added to my daily prayer of the Divine Chaplet.

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