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Canonization of Father Theodore Foley, C.P.

  Lenten Prayer

Dear Jesus, in the Sacrament of the Altar, be forever thanked and praised.  Love, worthy of all love! Who, out of infinite love for me, an ungrateful sinner, did assume our human nature, did shed Your most Precious Blood in the cruel scourging, and did expire on a shameful Cross out of love for us!  Now illumined with lively faith, in this Holy Season of Lent, with the outpouring of my whole soul and the fervor of my heart, I humbly beseech You, through the infinite merits of Your painful sufferings, give me strength and courage to destroy every evil passion which sways my heart, to bless You by the exact fulfillment of my duties, supremely to hate all sin, and thus to become a Saint. Amen.

A Lenten season preceding Easter goes back to the time of the Apostles. The length of time varied. But by the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.), which was the first general council of the Church, Lent is to be observed for forty days.  The number forty has a long biblical history: The forty days' fasts of Moses, Elijah and especially Our Lord in the desert.  During the early days of the Church, the observance of fast was very strict. One meal was allowed per day and, even in that meal, meat and fish were forbidden. By the fifteenth century, the one meal was taken at noon.  Gradually an extra collation was allowed in the evening.

The present legislation of Canon Law is as follows:

All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the universal Church (Canon 1250).  Abstinence from eating meat or another food is to be observed on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and especially on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Canon 1251).  According to the apostolic constitution of Pope Paul VI (1966), "the law of abstinence forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, the products of milk or condiments made of animal fat. The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening."  One statement that is new in the Code of Canon Law declares that "pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast (eighteenth year completed) and abstinence (fourteenth year completed) are educated in an authentic sense of penance" (Canon 1252).

           The Holy Season Of Lent

Passionist Superior General - Servant of God, Father Theodore Foley, CP

Passionist Prayer


Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights.  Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor.  Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue.  We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will.  Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).

This I ask through Christ Our Lord.  AMEN

The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who is from this Province.

The first stage of the process is over and Father Theodore has been declared, by the Vatican, as a "Servant of God."  The next stage is that God must confirm Theodore's presence in heaven with a miracle.  If you have a serious illness please pray for Father Theodore Foley to intercede for you at the throne of God so that your request can be granted.  Should you receive a miracle, due to the intercession of Father Foley, please contact us so that we can further our brother's journey to sainthood.