Blessed Solanus Casey

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About Blessed Solanus Casey

 Solanus, born as Bernard, grew up on a farm in Wisconsin in the late 1800s. He was the sixth child of sixteen children. His parents were Irish immigrants and devout Catholics who passed the Faith on to their children.

Bernard, “Barney”, wanted to be a diocesan priest. However, he struggled with the arduous studying so he joined the Capuchin religious order in Detroit. He still struggled with his studies so he was ordained a simplex priest, which means he was unable to hear confessions or preach doctrinally during his homilies. His name was changed to Solanus after his patron St. Francis Solano, a Spanish missionary priest who cared deeply for the poor and loved the violin, characteristics that he shared with Solanus.

Not knowing what to do with a simplex priest, Solanus was given small tasks, including the job of porter, meaning that he answered the monastery door. He worked as a porter for 14 years in Yonkers, New York and for another 20 years in Detroit, Michigan. Answering the door, he became a highly regarded counselor. Healings would take place after people received his blessing. People started showing up at the monastery asking for Solanus. He would answer the door day and night.

Solanus Casey died on July 31st, 1957. There were an estimated 20,000 people in attendance at his burial in Detroit. He was declared Venerable in 1995 and beatified on November 18th, 2017.

Blessed Solanus Casey Novena Prayers

Opening Prayer

Blessed be God in all His designs. Praise Him as our good Father who is attentive to our needs and hears us when we pray. He told us, “Ask and you shall receive.” With the same confidence that permits us to say “Our Father,” we approach God now with our intentions, through the intercession of His holy servant Solanus Casey.

(State your intentions here.)

Day 1 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once wrote that detachment from earthly affections is a first step toward growing in holiness. Pray today that the earthly desires of my heart may be replaced with a burning desire to pursue God alone.

Day 2 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once wrote that meditating on the Passion of Jesus Christ is a second step toward growing in holiness. Bring His Passion to my mind throughout the day today.

Day 3 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once wrote that uniting my will with God’s will is a third step toward growing in holiness. Pray that my heart may be softened, so that God may mold it and conformed to His will.

Day 4 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once wrote that meditation and contemplation are a fourth step toward growing in holiness. Quiet my heart and mind during prayer that I may be disposed to hearing God’s voice.

Day 5 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once wrote that prayer is a fifth step toward growing in holiness. Grant me your confidence that God will hear and answer my prayers, and your conviction that whatever the outcome, “we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him” (Rom 8:28, NIV).

Day 6 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once said, “I have two loves: the sick and the poor.” Comfort the sick today that they may know the love and presence of God.

Day 7 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, you once said, “I have two loves: the sick and the poor.” Comfort the poor today that they may know the love and presence of God.

Day 8 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, when people came to your door seeking counsel and blessings, you told them to love and support the missions in return. I offer up my day today for the missions around the world, that all missionaries may be close to God and lead others closer to Him through their work.

Day 9 – Blessed Solanus Casey Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, at the end of your life, you said, “I’m offering my suffering that all might be one. If only I could see the conversion of the whole world.” Today, I offer my suffering for the uniting of the world through conversion.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, I pray for the advancement of Blessed Solanus Casey’s cause for sainthood, that more may become aware of him, and that many people may be led to You by seeking his counsel and blessings, just as they were during his earthly life.

Amen.

 

Blessed Solanus Casey Patronages

Because Solanus Casey has not yet been declared a saint, he is not officially the patron saint of anything. Based on what you have learned about him, what do you think he should be patron saint of?

You can pray the Blessed Solanus Casey Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!

For more information on Solanus Casey, to plan your pilgrimage to the Solanus Casey Center, or to report a miracle that you attribute to the intercession of Solanus Casey that may further his cause for sainthood, visit www.solanuscasey.org.

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