Today I have often thought of the late, great “Extraordinary Ordinary”, Bp. Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison, who died in November 2018.
After Summorum Pontificum Bp. Morlino embraced the Church’s traditional liturgical worship and responded to requests with fatherly generosity to his flock, giving them bread and not stones, fish and not serpents (cf. Matthew 7). He asked his seminarians to learn to celebrate the TLM even if they didn’t think they would use it: he knew that it was important for them to know it. They responded well and the number of TLMs in Madison grew, cum serena pace. custo
It is not just because Morlino was the “Extraordinary Ordinary” that he came to mind today. As is happens, perhaps because he was originally from Scranton where the National Shrine of St. Ann is located, that he had a strong devotion to St Ann.
Tomorrow 17 July through 26 July, Ann’s feast day in both traditional and post-Conciliar calendars, we can pray a NOVENA to the grandmother of God.
Here is one novena prayer to St Ann. There are others. Pray it (or others) every day from 17 through 26 July. You will have your own petitions as I have mine.
I especially will ask St Ann to soften the hearts of all those who will now be involved with the implementation of Traditionis custodes. I will ask Ann to “guard the guards”.
Say this each day.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glorious St. Anne, we think of you as filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer. Heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I commend to you under your special protection
(Mention your intention here…)
Deign to commend it to your daughter, our Blessed Lady and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy conclusion. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face. With you and Mary and all the saints, may I praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen. Good St Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray for me.
Say 1: Our Father…
Say 1: Hail Mary…
Say 1: Glory Be…
Who will join me in this Novena?
GO TO CONFESSION!
I suspect quite a few people will need to go after today.
By the way, an exorcist friend of mine said that, shortly after Bp. Morlino’s death, he use Morlino’s name on a demon. The demon went bananas in fury. I’m pretty sure, especially as Bp. Morlino, a good man, was anointed and given the Apostolic Pardon at two times during his decline into death. I think we have in him an intercessor in heaven.
He would like this novena.