by Fr Richard Heilman | November 7, 2018 3:45 PM
November 12 – November 20 – Novena Praying for Strength, Humility and Resolve for Our Bishops
On each of the nine days of this novena (Nov. 12 – Nov. 20), please offer the following:
November 21 (Feast of Presentation of Mary) – St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Marian Consecration
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The Rosary keeps us closely tied to our Blessed Mother, as our great intercessor.
Sacred Heart Novena Prayer has been known to be very efficacious, especially as it was the “go to” prayer Padre Pio would use when anyone asked him for prayer (Padre Pio had tens of thousands of miracles associated with him).
Resolve to Combat Demons: Praying for others to be released from their demons begins with our resolve to combat our own demons. This “combat” is what makes us stronger and stronger spiritual warriors! In his amazing talk at my church last Saturday evening (See video below), Fr. Chad Ripperger concludes his amazing lecture by saying,
Do these four things … Ask God to …
- Make me strong
- Give me the willingness to suffer
- Keep me humble
- Help me to keep the course
If you do those four things, you will attain the crown of glory that St. Paul talks about: “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:25).
On November 5, Msgr. Charles Pope wrote an impassioned article entitled, “A Cry of the Heart to Our Bishops: Please Restore Order to the Church!“ Subtitled, “Our collective cowardice must be transformed into a clear, loving witness that is willing to endure the scorn of the world to reassert the truth of the Gospel.”
With the November 12-15 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore approaching, Msgr. Pope courageously wrote:
“There’s no getting around it: One of the essential functions of the Sacrament of Holy Orders is the keeping of order in the Church through governing, teaching, and sanctifying.
So, how are we in Holy Orders doing? By any reasonable measure, terribly. Indeed, some of the gravest disorder is to be found within the very ranks of Holy Orders. There is a shocking yet persistent picture of disorder, confusion, and denial up to the highest ranks, both nationally and internationally. There are, to be sure, notable exceptions in which holy and courageous bishops, priests, and deacons have sought to stand in the gap and heal the breach, often at great personal cost. The overall atmosphere, however, is one of unholy disorder, brought about by the very ones ordained to bring Holy Order:
The faith is openly betrayed and denied by renegade bishops—even whole conferences of bishops—and heads of religious orders. Synods sow confusion and division rather than clarity or unity.
Teaching is on holiday, silence in the face of error is rampant, and listening without limit is called “magisterial.” Ambiguous euphemisms that violate Catholic anthropology, doctrine, and sacred tradition are adopted uncritically.
There are wandering “celebrity priests” who promote the LBGT agenda without any reference to repentance or chastity. Policies that deny the Lord’s clear words on divorce/remarriage and ignore St. Paul’s admonitions about Holy Communion are proposed and adopted. Legitimate questions and requests for needed clarifications are met with silence.
Catholic colleges openly teach dissent without any correction from the bishops and there is a tolerance of a moral life among their students that would shock even the most pagan of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Liturgical abuses have abounded and remained uncorrected for decades.
In the seminaries and within the priesthood, homosexual predation by an apparent network of priests has gone on for years along with coverups, denials, and secret payouts.
The number of states initiating grand jury investigations is increasing daily. The federal investigation into abuse by Catholic priests now includes every diocese in the country.
Mass attendance has been declining for years, leading to the closing of numerous parishes and schools. There has been an almost complete loss of Christendom in the past 60 years.
Scandals continue to arise. The Vatican Bank has been plagued by scandal for years. A drug-fueled homosexual orgy reportedly took place in the summer of 2017 in the apartment of a high-ranking Vatican prelate. There have been seemingly arbitrary dismissals of bishops and priests both within the Vatican and elsewhere.
The Holy Father himself is surrounded by questionable figures who are at the very heart of the current crises. He has received credible, largely corroborated allegations by a former nuncio that he and others knew of the illicit activities of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
In response to the crises, from Rome there has been silence, name-calling of those requesting investigations, and only occasionally promises to look into the matters.
The faithful are dismayed by the chaos. Even prior to the current sexual and financial scandals, the general stance of this pontificate has been artfully described as “weaponized ambiguity.” Some of the most confusing and strange things have been said and done by the Pope and then left unexplained. Many of the faithful, who love the Church and the Holy Father, have been placed in the highly awkward position of having to openly express their dismay, sadness, and confusion…
I would like to mention again that while the big picture is bleak, there are many bishops who have spoken courageously and taught well during these dark days. May they be confirmed by the Lord and preserved in their ministry.
As our bishops prepare to meet I beg them to hear a cry of the heart, not just from me, one of their priests, but from so many of the faithful who must live with the disorder in the Church that we who are in Holy Orders have every obligation to correct. Our credibility is nearly nonexistent. The only path forward I can reasonably see is a repentance not only of sorrow but of strong amendment. We clergy must amend our lives by recommitting to the Lord’s doctrinal and moral teaching; we must strive to live it ourselves and be serious about reproving dissenters and serial violators and removing them from our ranks. We must honestly call out sin and refer to it by its proper name. We must speak no less plainly than did our Lord and His apostles, who used words like sodomy, fornication, adultery, greed, hatred, divorce and heresy. Resorting to vague terms like woundedness, clericalism, and abuse of power only diminishes our credibility. People can see right through such obfuscation.
I would add that, having just passed through a critical election, we saw only a handful of Bishops presenting clear Church teaching entering the election, especially with the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the balance. One can’t help but believe that historians will look back at the collective weight and influence of these bishops and say, for all intents and purposes, it was absent just as our culture had been handed over to the demons of sexual promiscuity (impurity), homosexuality and child sacrifice (See video below).
These demons are VERY strong! Prayer and sacrifice is much needed! I believe this novena is no small matter or just another novena. As Fr. Ripperger points out, in our lifetime, the “Five Generals of Satan” have been allowed in to our country, while our leadership failed to “stand in the gap and heal the breach.” The time is now to pray and offer sacrifices for supernatural strength for our bishops and all clergy, as we seek to exorcise these demons and implore God to heal our land!
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