Saturday, April 09, 2011

Happy Birthday Father Gordon MacRae

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As I mentioned the other day today April 9th is Father Gordon's birthday. He is marking his 58th birthday as he has for the last 14 years, in a prison in New Hampshire. 

We offer the following prayers for Father's intentions.

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Prayer to St. John Vianney for Priests

Saintly Pastor of Ars
and splendid model of all servants of souls,
you were considered not very bright
but you possessed the wisdom of the Saints.

You were a true pontifex, a bridge-builder,
between God and his people
as countless penitents streamed to your confessional.
Inspire all priests to be dedicated mediators
between God and his people in our day.

Since Father writes his blog to bring the truth out about this unjust imprisonment, let us pray to St. Francis de Sales for his intercession.

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Prayer to St. Francis de Sales for Writers

Most loving and lovable Saint,
you preached to thousands with the pen,
introducing them to "the devout life."
You wrote sublimely about God's love
and made countless converts by your Christlike kindness.

Make writers realize the power of the Press
and inspire them with your zeal fro spreading truth.
Help them to write honestly no matter what the subject,
so that they will really contribute
to bringing about God's Kingdom.

We pray also for those imprisoned with Father Gordon, his fellow prisoners...some of whom we are getting to know well from stories Father shares with his readers:

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Prayer to St. Dismas for Prisoners:

Dear St. Dismas
you cooperated with the grace that was yours
in suffering the same fate as the Divine Master.
You repented for your sins and believed,
and you heard the Savior say:
"Today you will be with me in paradise."

Obtain for prisoner the same grace
to repent of their wicked ways,
and obtain the same reward--
eternal life with Christ.

Finally a prayer for Father's lawyers...and all lawyers and judges involved:

Young Thomas More by Hans Holbein
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Prayer to St. Thomas More

Dear Scholar and Martyr,
it was not the King of England but you
who were the true Defender of the Faith.
Like Christ unjustly condemned,
neither promises nor threats could make you accept
a civil ruler as head of the Christian Church.

Perfect in your honesty and love of truth,
grant that lawyers and judges may imitate you
and achieve true justice for all people.

Source: New St. Joseph People's Prayer Book

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