Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Spiritual Support...

The Cardinals have the unenviable task ahead of them to elect the next Pope. They need to pray for guidance, and they need to do their utmost to ignore everything other than the good of the Church.

Although we ordinary Catholics cannot vote in the Conclave, we do have a duty to pray for the Cardinals during this time, and to beseech heaven for a good and holy man who will lead the Church. That's why I was so pleased to find Adopt A Cardinal. You send in your email address, and get given a random Cardinal to pray for.

You pray for him to make a good decision, not for him to become Pope (though that is a possibility, obviously!)

Anyway, I signed up, and was given Francesco Cardinal Monterisi of Italy. He's getting on a bit - he'll be 79 at the end of May - and there doesn't seem to be much information about him. I like the fact that, according to the Wikipedia page about him, he is a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. That means that he gets to investigate miracles. I like to think that looking at miracles would give one a firm appreciation of spiritual things and having prayers answered... it seems so very... well... Catholic! Helping the poor and working for justice and peace are important, but one doesn't actually have to have faith. Plenty of atheists would behave the same way, though without the benefit of grace.

Over 80,000 people have adopted a Cardinal, and its comforting to think that each of the 115 electors will have nearly 700 people praying for him during the run-up to the Conclave (and during it, naturally, as well as for three days after the election!) Do go over and adopt your very own Cardinal!

8 comments:

Eccles said...

I got Cardinal Oullet. With a saved pusson backin him, and phonin him up six times a day to make sure dat he is OK, he must be a favuorite now.

Mari Kate said...

Mine is Angelo Cardinal Amato. Age 76 and Prefect of the Congregation of Causes of Saints. Thank you Mac. This is super and I just emailed all my friends to do the same.

Philippa Martyr said...

I got Angelo Bagnasco - a conservative! Yay! If I had been a better person, I'd have prayed for a stinker, but I didn't.

john-of-hayling said...

I got Cardinal Mahony - there's plenty on the net about him

Callum Lane said...

I got Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples. Never heard of him - off to discover more!

Matthaeus said...

Thanks for this link - it seems a good to make sure that all the Cardinal electors get supported through prayer. I will mention the site on my blog.

I got Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, Archbishop of Dakar, Senegal - don't know anything much about him, but will do some research.

Recusant said...

The website has crashed because so many people have bee trying to adopt cardinals! 'Due to heavy server load no new adoptions can currently be made.'

Richard Collins said...

You have impeccable taste Mac.

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