The Chancellor of the Diocese of Paris, Monsignor Jean-Marie DUBOIS, asks the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to pray to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the intercession of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam to obtain the cure of Chantal, who has worked for the diocese of Paris for many years, and who is now seriously ill with a cholangiocarcinoma, (a gastro-intestinal cancer affecting the biliary ducts).
From 11 February 2019, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of prayer for the Sick, Council General therefore most sincerely invites Conferences, Councils and Vincentians throughout the world, and all visitors to this webpage, to pray unceasingly for Chantal, remembering the words of today’s Gospel: “And wherever he went–into villages, towns or countryside–they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed” [Mark 6:56].
The Council General also includes in this call to prayer the late Amin de Tarrazi, who devoted his life to promote the Cause for the Canonisation of Frédéric Ozanam and who, we are certain, will continue to help us now that he has entered his Father’s house.
Here is a selection of prayers we can say for this intention every day.
Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
Lord, you made Blessed Frédéric Ozanam a witness of the Gospel, astounded at the mystery of the Church.
You inspired his struggle against poverty and injustice, and gave him tireless generosity in the service of all who suffer.
In his family, he was an exceptional son, brother, husband and father.
In the world, his burning passion for truth illuminated his thinking his teaching and his writings.
Within our Society, which he founded as a universal network of charity, he instilled the spirit of love, courage and humility, inherited from Saint Vincent de Paul.
His short life was marked throughout by his prophetic vision of society, together with his many virtues.
For these many reasons, we thank you Lord, and if it is your will, grant the grace of a miracle, (………………..….) through the intercession of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam.
May the Church proclaim his sanctity, so providential for the present times!
We ask you this through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
A daily prayer
Blessed Frédéric, we ask your intercession for (……………….……) our continuing commitment and for all our commitments : may they be paths to holiness for us.
Blessed Frédéric, we ask your intercession for all our projects: may we undertake them with a good and gentle heart, allowing the Lord to lead us where he wishes, strengthened by the Spirit.
Blessed Frédéric, pray that we may have the courage and the will to live a life nourished by the sacraments and by prayer.
Blessed Frédéric, pray that always and everywhere, people of good will are loving neighbours to those in distress, and find ways to relieve their suffering. Amen