I write at the request of Father Prior of Clear Creek Monastery in the Diocese of Tulsa.
Father Francois de Feydeau, the subprior of Clear Creek, bravely continues his fight for his life on earth, while being as ready as one can to make the "long walk" (as he calls it, referring to a book recently read in the refectory at Clear Creek) to the other side of things, if that be God’s will. The monks are going to pray a novena to Dom Gueranger, founder of the Benedictine congregation to which Clear Creek belongs, beginning TODAY, the 30th (I apologise for this tardy notice – for 24 hours I could not get access to my email account). This novena leads up to the feast of Our Lady of Providence, on July 9th, linked to the history of the restoration of Solesmes by Dom Gueranger in 1837.
Father Prior wrote to me, "You may do what you like as far as sharing it. Maybe we have already tired our friends with the last one.Whatever you think appropriate.
"To borrow a phrase from an old friend, what I think appropriate is that we all of us should pray our guts our for Father Subprior.
Please circulate this novena among your parishioners & friends.
June 30-July 8, 2009
Almighty and eternal God,Humbly and with confidence, we implore from Thy goodness the cure of our brother, who is gravely ill. Deign to bestow this miracle upon him, through the intercession of Thy servant, Dom Prosper Gueranger, for Thine own glory, for the advancement of his cause of beatification, for the sanctification of our monasteries, and for the good of the entire Church.
Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Saint John Marie Vianney, pray for us.
Our Blessed Father, Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.