Prayer request through Fr Doyle’s intercession

A long time reader and friend of the site, a priest, posted a comment last week seeking prayers for a friend through Fr Doyle’s intercession. He has agreed that I publish it as a main post so that more can see it.

Here is what he wrote:

May I ask your readers to pray for a dear friend of mine in Canada, Cathy, who has very serious cancer that is spreading. Her husband Martin will be losing his job at the end of this month. Their only child, Connor, died of cancer in 2013 at the age of 19, a very fine young man of strong faith. I have encouraged the family to pray through the intercession of Father Willie. 

Within 14 years of Fr Doyle’s death the Irish Jesuits had received 6.426 letters from every corner of the globe reporting alleged favours through his intercession. I often get messages reporting favours; I received one just last week from from someone reporting that Fr Doyle had helped with a special intention.

Let us all pray through Fr Doyle’s intercession for Cathy in Canada, and for her husband Martin and other members of the family who are truly carrying a cross right now. 

Here is a prayer through Fr Doyle’s intercession for private use, that was approved in the 1920’s.

O Jesus, who has given us the example of Your servant, Father William Doyle, graciously grant us the favours we ask You through his intercession…[Make petition.]

Teach us to imitate his love for You, his heroic devotion to Your service, his zeal for repairing the outrages done to Your glory, and for the salvation of souls. Hear our prayer and show us the credit he now enjoys in heaven so that we may soon be able to venerate him in public worship.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Fr Doyle, pray for us, and pray for healing for Cathy.

Finally, may I also ask you to pray for a niece of mine who is undergoing some serious medical tests right now. 

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Thoughts for September 19 from Fr Willie Doyle

Try and remember that sanctification means daily, hourly, hard work, and this unflinchingly, when weariness comes.

COMMENT: Fr Doyle engaged in this daily, hourly hard work in his ceaseless quest for sanctity, always knowing, however, that God loved him and supplied him with the grace he needed.

Fr Doyle’s quote today brings to mind the famous prayer that St Pius X wrote to honour St Joseph. 

O Glorious St Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honour to employ and to develop by labour the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty; to work above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render of time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so destructive to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O Patriarch St Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity. Amen