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Prayer and New Life

Together with many readers of dotCommonweal, I remembered at Mass this morning Michael Dubruiel, as well as Amy and their youngsters.But I also prayed for the members of the Legionaries of Christ and of Regnum Christi as they struggle to come to grips with the recent revelations. May this purifying fire be a season of renewal and re-commitment to the Church's one founder: Jesus Christ.I try to pray before Mass, the prayer from the old Missal, attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas. I thought to post it here for those not familiar with it:

O almighty, everlasting God, behold, I draw near to the Sacrament of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.I draw near, as a sick man to the Physician of life, as one defiled to the Fountain of mercy, as one blind to the Light of Eternal Splendor, as one poor and needy to the Lord of Heaven and Earth.Therefore I implore you, in your infinite goodness, that you would graciously cure my sickness, wash away my defilement, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness, so that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, with such contrition and devotion, such purity and faith, such purpose and intention, as to attain the welfare and salvation of my soul.Grant me, I beseech you, to receive not only the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of my Lord, but also the very Reality and Strength of the Sacrament.O most gracious God, grant me so to receive the Body of your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ that very body which he took of the Virgin Mary, that I may be truly incorporated into his mystical body, and so numbered among its members.O most loving Father, grant me at last to behold unveiled and forevermore your beloved Son, whom, in my pilgrimage, I receive now beneath the veil of this blessed Sacrament.Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

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Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.

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I noticed Amy Welborn has posted on her Web site her husband's last column, prayers and a general note to readers who have written to ask how they can offer support: she has my prayers.And her sudden loss has made me think more about those closer to home in our local parish who suffer tragedy. I like to believe that whenever tragedy strikes a public figure that we all get a little wake-up call and ask ourselves whether we have paid enough attention to the widows and orphans in our own purview, to those who also need the body of Christ, of which Fr. Imbelli's prayer calls us to be a part.

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