Urgent prayer request through Fr Doyle’s intercession

Eloise-Azélie Holt in utero

Recently we asked for prayers through Fr Doyle’s intercession for a miracle for Eloise Azélie Holt, an unborn baby who has some serious health difficulties. Jack and Emily Holt, her parents, have written a new update, seeking more urgent prayers.

I just wanted to update you and ask for an updated prayer request. We had another ultrasound and Eloise’s limbs are measuring even farther behind than before. They are not sure of the diagnosis now and it may be even rarer than osteogenesis imperfecta.
We have gotten an amniocentesis- which carries slight risk to Eloise. This will help us figure out what condition she has and how to best help her, but we need prayers over the next few days that all is well after this procedure. 
They also saw a small amount of fluid around her heart and abdomen (which sometimes clears completely and sometimes increases and is a sign that the baby won’t live much longer), so we need prayers that the fluid is gone at the next ultrasound in two weeks. 
Friends – let us pray for a miracle here through Fr Doyle’s intercession. With God all things are possible. Some miracles that God has granted through the intercession of the saints, and that have been used as part of their canonisation process, have been stupendous. Let is pray specifically through Fr Doyle’s intercession for a miraculous healing for Eloise-Azélie, and also for comfort and peace for her family.
You can pray any prayer to Fr Doyle, but the following prayer was approved for private use by the Archbishop of Dublin in the 1929 when there were initial moves towards Fr Doyle’s beatification:

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…[Pray here for the miraculous healing of Eloise Azélie Holt]

Teach us to imitate his love for You, his heroic devotion to Your service, his zeal for repairing the outrages done to Your Sacred Heart. And, for Your greater glory and the salvation of souls, hear our prayer and grant that the credit we believe He enjoys in Heaven may be recognised solemnly by the Church, so that we may soon be able to venerate him in public worship.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Please encourage your family, friends, prayer group and parish to pray through Fr Doyle’s intercession for this miracle. Spread this story on social media and in your various networks. Let us storm Heaven, and pray for this miracle.

Emily Holt

Please pray for a miracle through Fr Doyle’s intercession!

Eloise Azélie Holt in utero

Emily Holt is a young mother in the United States who is 18 weeks pregnant with her third baby, a girl. Unfortunately, her baby has been diagnosed with a very severe case of osteogenesis imperfecta. Her bones are extremely fragile, tiny, and brittle, and have broken in utero. What makes this lethal is the narrow size of her chest cavity, which is measuring in the first percentile. The doctors have said that her lungs will not have room to expand so that she will not be able to breathe properly after birth. 

Emily and her husband Jack have already named their little baby girl after Saint Therese’s parents, Saints Louis and Marie-Azélie Martin. Her name is Eloise Azélie Holt. 

The family have specifically asked for prayers for a miracle through Fr Doyle’s intercession. They want many people to pray a miraculous healing for Eloise Azélie; that her chest be wide and her bones strong, and above all that she may be born breathing so that she can be baptised.

Friends: this is important. It is important that we pray for, and support, the Holt family in this time of need. It is important that we pray for a miracle specifically through Fr Doyle’s intercession. We know from the historical record, and from personal experience, that Fr Doyle is a powerful intercessor. In the first 14 years after his death the Irish Jesuits received 6,426 letters claiming favours and healings through his intercession; almost 1,900 of these alleged healings were in the United States.    

Many of us long for the day when Fr Doyle’s cause for beatification will be opened. A miraculous healing of this nature would be one of the very best arguments to further this aim. God still grants miracles, but we have to ask for them! And He chooses to do so through the intercession of the saints, and through holy men and women who have not yet been beatified or canonised. In fact the approved miracles for St John Henry Newman (miracle in 2013) and Venerable Fulton Sheen (miracle in 2010) involved difficult pregnancies. And both approved miracles for St Paul VI (one in the 1990’s, the other in 2014) also involved miraculous healings of unborn babies in difficult pregnancies. Let us help the Holt family, and add a miracle through Fr Doyle’s intercession to this list!

You can pray any prayer to Fr Doyle, but the following prayer was approved for private use by the Archbishop of Dublin in the 1929 when there were initial moves towards Fr Doyle’s beatification:

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…[Pray here for the miraculous healing of Eloise Azélie Holt]

Teach us to imitate his love for You, his heroic devotion to Your service, his zeal for repairing the outrages done to Your Sacred Heart. And, for Your greater glory and the salvation of souls, hear our prayer and grant that the credit we believe He enjoys in Heaven may be recognised solemnly by the Church, so that we may soon be able to venerate him in public worship.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Please encourage your family, friends, prayer group and parish to pray through Fr Doyle’s intercession for this miracle. Spread this story on social media and in your various networks. Let us storm Heaven, and pray for this miracle.

Emily Holt

 

15 December 1917: More praise for Fr Doyle

On this day in 1917, Major General Hickie paid another tribute to Fr Doyle. Writing to his father, Hugh Doyle, General Hickie said:

I could not say too much about your son. He was loved and reverenced by us all; his gallantry, self-sacrifice, and devotion to duty were all so well known and recognised. I think that he was the most wonderful character that I have ever known.

Major General Hickie

Give the gift of Fr Doyle this Christmas

Christmas is only one month away. If you haven’t yet bought Christmas presents, why not consider giving someone a gift relating to Fr Doyle? Books (and even DVDs) are always great gifts, but even more so if the subject matter is inspiring and spiritually uplifting. Giving a gift related to Fr Doyle is a practical act of evangelisation and a way of spreading devotion to him.

There has been a big increase in the number of items relating to Fr Doyle in the last few years (a clear sign that something is “stirring” in terms of interest in Fr Doyle, and that devotion is growing). Any one of these would be a great gift to someone. Each has its own contribution to make.

Firstly, we’ll start with the DVD of the EWTN docudrama Bravery Under Fire. It is a detailed, 80 minute long exploration of Fr Doyle’s life, featuring detailed re-enactments of aspects of Fr Doyle’s life, as well as interviews about him. You can find the DVD in the EWTN religious catalogue here: https://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/Home+Page/MULTIMEDIA/EWTN+HOME+VIDEO/Docu-drama/BRAVERY+UNDER+FIRE.axd

If you are in Britain or Ireland, you can find the relevant version of the DVD here: http://www.ewtnireland.com/bravery-under-fire/ – Remember: DVD formats are different in different regions, so make sure you order the right one!

If, for some reason, somebody would like the DVD of my hour long interview with Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ on EWTN Live, you can find it at this link, searching for the relevant date (October 24 2018).

https://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/Home+Page/MULTIMEDIA/EWTN+LIVE+SHOWS/EWTN+Live/2018/

However it is worth noting that the full programme is on YouTube, though some people might prefer a DVD, especially if giving it as a gift to an older person who is not online, and who also has an interest in Fr Doyle.

 

In terms of books, there is my own modest contribution – To Raise the Fallen. This is 200 page book is a broad overview of Fr Doyle’s life – both military and spiritual – mostly in his own words, with some commentary from me. It would be a great gift for someone who knows a little about Fr Doyle and wants to know more, or even for anyone with a passing interest in history or World War 1. Fr Doyle’s letters are sure to grip people, and they might even gain from his fascinating spiritual notes. It is a useful tool of apostolate – it is a credible gift to give someone who is indifferent to – or alienated from – the Church. It also contains several prayers and meditations from Fr Doyle that have never been published before. For readers in the United States it is available here from Ignatius Presshttps://www.ignatius.com/To-Raise-the-Fallen-P3056.aspx

And for readers in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe it is available from Veritas here: https://www.veritasbooksonline.com/to-raise-the-fallen-9781847308078-18300/ It is also available in bookstores and via Amazon, Book Depository etc.

 

 

Worshipper and Worshipped has the distinction of being the largest (700+ pages) and most detailed book about Fr Doyle, and the first book published about him in approximately 75 years. It is the definitive account of Fr Doyle’s war service. It would be a great gift for any World War 1 buffs and for those who already know Fr Doyle but who want probably the most complete assessment of his war years possible. It is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Worshipper-Worshipped-Across-Chaplain-1915-1917/dp/1908336862  

 

Man of the People is the first children’s book about Fr Doyle that I am aware of. One of there greatest gifts we can give children is a love of books, and especially when they are inspiring and uplifting from a human and spiritual perspective. This 35 page book is available here: http://www.alanhannas.com/shopexd.asp?id=7115014

Fr Willie Doyle and World War 1, published by the Catholic Truth Society, is a wonderfully compact and well written booklet giving an essential overview of the life and spirit of Fr Doyle. CTS booklets are wonderful tools of apostolate – why not buy a bundle of them and distribute them liberally to others? It seems that this booklet is now already out of print, due to its popularity, and it is hoped that the Catholic Truth Society will do a reprint. In any event, it may be still found in some shops, or kindle formats are available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Willie-Doyle-World-War-20-Jan-2014/dp/B012HTY4LC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1543181714&sr=8-3&keywords=willie+doyle+kv+turley

 

Also very recently, Os Justi Press has republished Fr Doyle’s booklet on Vocations. This booklet had a phenomenal impact when it first appeared. How many owed their vocations partly, or fully, to this booklet? Hundreds? Thousands? Probably the latter! I will write more about this booklet in the coming weeks. It is available herehttps://www.amazon.com/Vocations-Fr-William-Doyle-S-J/dp/1726083497/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543180606&sr=8-1&keywords=vocations+william+doyle

And let’s not forget the classics! The original book from the 1920’s that started it all, the biography by O’Rahilly is a spiritual masterpiece. It may not be as spiritually or theologically accessible to everyone 100 years later, but it remains the definitive overall biography of all of Fr Doyle’s life. The very detailed spiritual notes mean that it will be of most interest to those who appreciate Fr Doyle because of his spiritual brilliance, though the final two chapters about the war will be of interest to anyone of good will. The second edition is available as a reprint here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/professor-alfred-orahilly/father-william-doyle-sj/paperback/product-15463211.html It is also available in kindle versions.

 

Merry in God, published in 1939, is perhaps the most intimate book about Fr Doyle. That’s because it was written (anonymously) by his brother, Fr Charles Doyle SJ. Currently out of print, it was (largely) republished (with some minor editing) as a magazine called Trench Priest. The content is, of course brilliant, although the production values are not exceptional. The significant upside of this is that the book is tremendous value. Once again a brilliant present for those with an interest in Fr Doyle’s life as a whole. Available here: http://www.papastronsay.com/bookshop/product.php?ID=21

If you appreciate and admire Fr Doyle, do not keep him to yourself; spread devotion to him – get a book or a DVD as a gift for others this Christmas.

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. 

Fr Willie the Wonder Worker?

Instead of a quote from Fr Doyle, today we present, courtesy of the Irish Messenger, a scanned copy of a booklet published in 1931 entitled “Father Willie”. It seems appropriate to look at this booklet today, the day following his anniversary. And the title of today’s post, suggesting that Fr Doyle is a “wonder worker” is not mine, but rather comes from this Jesuit pamphlet.

No author is mentioned for this booklet which leads me to believe that it was written by Fr Doyle’s brother Fr Charles Doyle SJ. Fr Charlie was Fr Willie’s great friend and boyhood companion, and it was he who recruited Willie to the Jesuits – Willie had considered becoming a diocesan priest and decided to become a Jesuit following some prodding from Charlie.

The first 19 pages of the booklet provide a short biography of Fr Doyle’s life which might be of special interest for individuals who are relatively new to this site. There are some letters attesting to people’s devotion to Fr Doyle, followed by an incredible 26 pages of reported favours and cures allegedly granted through Fr Doyle’s intercession.

The figures are astounding. The booklet was published in 1931, a mere 14 years after Fr Doyle’s death, and only 11 years after the first edition of O’Rahilly’s biography was first published. In that time, a staggering 6,426 alleged favours were reported through Fr Doyle’s intercession!

These alleged favours came from all around the world – amongst many other countries from every continent, there are 101 from Australia, 21 from New Zealand, 53 from India, 11 from Brazil, 71 from various parts of Africa, 57 from Holland, 791 from England, 1,872 from the United States and 3,197 from Ireland.

These figures are truly amazing in an era before the internet and global mass media, especially when one considers the social and economic situation in the 1920’s. It is also likely that many more people felt that they received favours from Fr Doyle but never got around to reporting them. The true figure is likely much higher than 6,426,

Of course, without further details, and without the guidance of the Church, one cannot say with certainty that Fr Doyle answered these prayers, or that there is anything other than natural processes at work. Some of the alleged favours are quite small. Having said that, some seem to involve significant and unexplained healings.

The one conclusion that we can definitely draw from this booklet was that there was a significant, global devotion to Fr Doyle in the first half of the 20th Century, and that many thousands of people felt that their prayers were answered through his intercession.

Some people do not fully appreciate the Communion of Saints. In our natural world, we do not hesitate to ask others – friends, family, priests – to pray for us and for our concerns. The doctrine of the Communion of Saints is the very same, except we ask our friends in Heaven (the saints) to pray for us. It is not the saints themselves who answer our prayer, and we do not strictly pray to them, but we ask them to intercede for us with God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church expresses it:

They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus.

So, let us remember that we have a friend in Fr Doyle, and ask him for his help in our temporal and spiritual needs, whether they are big or small. And let us remember that the best way to ensure the beatification and canonisation of those we admire is through reporting favours we feel have come through their intercession.

Here is the booklet:

Fr Willie (1931)