Friday, July 05, 2013

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II To Be Canonized

A very busy day at the Vatican. A second medical miracle has been approved as attributable to the prayerful intercession of Pope John Paul II, of happy memory. So canonization will probably take place before the end of this year. And without any medical miracle, Pope John XXIII, who approved the 1962 Missal in use today by traditionalist Catholics like myself under the provisions of Summorum Pontificum (6th anniversary of which is Saturday, BTW) is also to be canonized. Meanwhile, Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer's successor as head of Opus Dei, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo is to be beatified sinc a miracle has now been attributed to his prayerful intercession. And while we are on a roll, encyclical Lumen Fidei, largely written by Pope Benedict before his retirement, and finished by Pope Francis, was released today. On another note, I am still alive, well, and writing. The last couple of months have seen nearly intractable computer problems, and a very busy schedule as I have been using every second I have a working computer available to work on a revised draft of my prayer books, the basic morning prayers, and the hours with the Blessed Sacrament and with Our Blessed Lady, as the working drafts I have been using for years were stolen just before Easter,and my prayer life has been, as Jack Aubrey would say, all ahoo since then. Something had to be temporarily shelved, and the blog had to be it. But things are returning to a more normal pace now, so perhaps we can get things going again.

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