Posted by: sisterbernice | November 12, 2010


Today is the Feast of St. Josaphat.  I have no special connection to this saint.  It just seemed to me to be appropriate to pray to him today.  So, I looked him up.  Like John Vianney, he seems to have been one of those holy priests.  Since the issue is always is “bad” priests, we need to remember the majority of them are good.  And, Josaphat was a martyr who gave his life for his faith.  I find this prayer I found particularly appropriate given my own question – what can we do to move beyond where we are – can each of us reach out – give our lives for the other? Can we be the healers to our brothers and sisters?  shouldn’t we be?  So, tonight I pray this prayer on the Feast of St. Josaphat which I found here and of course have read and ponder today’s Gospel, said my other prayers, abstained from meat and will pray the rosary after logging off.  Structural change isn’t the answer – spiritual change and warfare is.

“Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthen by the same Spirit, and may not shrink from giving our lives for our brethren. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.”

Postscript:   So, as I was praying, I kept getting nagged.  I think many of you know what I mean.  At first, I thought it was because I did not share the Gospel today which can be found here.  But that’s not it at all – the Pope is sending the envoys to Ireland.  Let us pray that they will bring healing.  And, therefore, I am reposting one of my first prayers – the Holy Father’s prayer for Irish Church:

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.


and prayer to St. Michael

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.


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