"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
I'm all for humor, but somehow, my heart is just not in some of the jokes I've seen about the papal conclave. It seems like such serious business to me, especially now, with the scandal about the "gay mafia" and its power within the Church. I think that when a new pope is announced, we will be given a very important "sign of the times". If we get the pope we deserve, we'd better buckle down and fight for our lives...and souls. If we get the pope we need...well, we'd better buckle down and fight for our lives and souls, then, too! Our new Holy Father can't succeed in his mission without our prayers.
That said, I saw this
admonition on the ChurchMilitant.TV Face Book page:
Have you said a prayer to the
Holy Spirit today specifically for the election of a Holy, Bold, Strong Pope?
Faithful Catholics need to pray massively for our loving Father to give us the
Pope we need, not the pope we deserve. Holy Spirit, command the conclave to do
your will. Amen!
tomorrow, February 28, the date of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication, it is my
intention to devote quite a bit of time and energy to praying for the election
of a good and holy pope. That may mean a decrease in blog posts for a while.
Here is a
prayer for the election of a bishop; I have prayed it for the election of a
bishop for the Diocese of Baker, the Diocese of El Paso, and the Archdiocese of
Portland, but I assume it’s a good one for the universal Church seeking the
election of a new Bishop of Rome, as well.
Lord God, you are our eternal shepherd and guide.
In your mercy grant the Church a shepherd
who will walk in your ways
and whose watchful care will bring us your blessing.
We ask this through Our Lord…
For those who
like to pray in the official language of the Church, here’s the Latin:
Deus, qui pastor aeternus,
gregem tuum assidua custodia gubernas,
eum immensa tua pietate concedas Ecclesiae pastorem,
qui tibi sanctitate placeat,
et vigili nobis sollicitudine prosit. Per Dominum.
prayer for the Pope. I pray it every day for Pope Benedict XVI, though I guess
after February 28, it doesn’t quite “fit” because he will no longer be the
Pope. Still, he will remain in my prayers! And surely it doesn’t hurt to pray
this prayer for the new Pope, even before we know who he is.
V. Let us pray
for N, our Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give
him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the
will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]
God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy
servant N, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant
him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over
whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he
attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
And here it
is in Latin:
V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet
eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum
eius. [Ps 40:3]
Noster, Ave Maria.
omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae
praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo,
quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat
sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.