Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM – R.I.P.

Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM died on Sunday, September 26 at around 4:45am after battling a long illness.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Fr. Dubay was the author of many books on the Spiritual life worthy of consideration and reflection:

Seeking Spiritual Direction
Prayer Primer
Fire Within
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
And You Are Christ’s
The Evidential Power of Beauty
Happy Are You Poor
Faith and Certitude
Authenticity

In his honor, I hope to get a couple reviews of some of his books up on the site relatively soon.

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Prayer for Priests to be said by the Laity

O Jesus, eternal High Priest, Good Shepherd, Font of life, who by a special favor of Thy most tender Heart, hast given to our priests in order to accomplish in us those holy ideals with which Thy grace inspires our hearts. Let Thy Mercy, we beseech Thee, come to the aid of our priests. Grant them O Jesus, lively faith in their works, unshakeable hope in their trials, and fervent charity in their intentions.

May Thy Word, radiant with eternal wisdom, become through continual meditation the never failing nourishment of their interior life.
May the examples of Thy life and passion, be renewed in their conduct and sufferings for our instruction and as a light and consolation in our sorrows.

Grant O Lord, that our priests, free from all earthly attachments and solicitous for Thy glory alone may preserve to their last breath in the fulfillment of duty and in the purity of conscience. And when in death they deliver into Thy hands a task well done may they have in Thee Lord Jesus their Master on earth, the eternal reward of the crown of justice in the glory of the saints.

Amen.

Year of the Priest

Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. Who put Him there in that tabernacle? The priest. Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life? The priest. Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for its journey? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest, always the priest. And if this soul should happen to die [as a result of sin], who will raise it up, who will restore its calm and peace? Again, the priest. … After God, the priest is everything! … Only in heaven will he fully realise what he is” ~ St. John Mary Vianney, quoted in Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to Clergy for the “Year of the Priest”

Starting Friday (6/19), Pope Benedict XVI will declare a “Year of the Priest” for the Church under the patronage of the Curé of Ars (St. John Vianney).

In addition to praying fervently for our priests, I hope to get in some good reading on the priesthood. Here are my (intended) reads so far:
Theology of the Priesthood by Fr. Jean Galot
The Curé of Ars Today by Fr. George William Rutler
The Curé of Ars by Father Bartholomew O’Brien
The Sermons of the Curé of Ars by St. John Vianney
Ad Catholici Sacerdotii by Pope Pius XI (encyclical letter)
Christ, the Life of the Priest by Blessed Columba Marmion
The Priest is Not His Own by Fulton J Sheen
The Priest in Union With Christ by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Year of the Priest

For the Year of the Priest:

Reads
“Theology of the Priesthood” by Fr. Jean Galot (SJ)
The Sermons of the Curé of Ars (St. John Vianney)
Christ, the Ideal of the Priest by Blessed Columba Marmion

… and most importantly: pray for priests!

I support the Pope!

With the suble (yet constant) attacks on the Holy Father–for nearly anything and everything it’s beginning to seem– I thought it necessary to remind the world (ha, as if my readership extends that far!) that not everyone finds fault with the Pope. I don’t. I see the big picture. I see where the Holy Father is leading us, and I’m right behind him. I support the Pope. Viva il Papa!

What's Wrong With the World

As quoted in the New York Times,

“Everyone is so quick to tell the world their problems, but they won’t tell a priest.”

Book Review: As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning

Bottom Line: Well worth the read. I recommend it.

I picked up this book out of curiousity after hearing about the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus, Catholic priest, former lutheran pastor, and editor of FIRST THINGS (a very good read–always–well worth the subscription!).  Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’ (RIP) As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning is not your typical near-death experience account. Yes, Fr. Neuhaus does recount his “I almost died” experience, telling us what he remembers while lying in the hospital with doctors and nurses and friends whispering that he might not make it. The first half of the book is an interesting discussion–almost apologetic– for a Christian view of death. It took a while for my mind to adjust since it was not what I expected, and looking back, I would describe the first part as “slow” (not bad by any means), but this, again, only because of my need to adjust. The latter half of the book is Fr. Neuhaus relating his experience as he remembers it– everything from feeling stomach pain to recovering from several surgeries; and including a “dream” he had where he saw, what he describes and believes to be, angels. Very interesting. Very thought-provoking. Fr. Neuhaus account is better than most I’ve read (not merely because I tend to be more skeptical), but because it’s really not about him, in the end. It’s not a self-promotion. It’s a way of viewing one’s own experience in such a way as to help others see the truth about death and dying. Something we all perhaps need to spend a little more time meditating upon.

(As a side note, Fr. Neuhaus also has an article from FIRST THINGS called “Born Towards Dying” that he published just after his brush with death. It’s a good read too. And quicker, but I still recommend this longer version if you have the time)