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Fr. Solanus Casey and his book of favors

July 14, 2009

The Free Republic has a nice article on Fr. Solanus. It is a biography and it talks about his seven notebooks of special favors. Of the 6000 requests that were made to him, over 700 favors were granted. Fr. Solanus was a favors “rock star.” He was porter at St. Bonaventure in Detroit for 21 years, from 1924 to 1945.

Suffering from overwork, Solanus was sent to Brooklyn in 1945 and later to a farm area in Huntington, Indiana, where he received about 200 letters a day. He tried to answer the letters, but in his 80s and suffering with arthritis, the friars had a rubber stamp made of his signature.

Again and again, in his letters, he repeated his life’s message — that confidence in God is the very soul of prayer and becomes the condition for supernatural intervention in our lives. “God condescends to use our powers if we don’t spoil his plans by ours,” he frequently wrote.

Fr. Solanus, pray for us.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2009 1:15 pm

    Fr. Solanus was an amazingly holy man, and he reminds me a bit of my confirmation saint, John Vianney. Both men were considered intellectually weak (especially Fr. Solanus, who was made a simplex priest, with limited sacramental faculties). But both men brought others to conversion through holiness.

    Fr. Solanus, pray for us!

  2. Mary J Gauthier permalink
    May 26, 2011 6:06 pm

    My son, Jerry Eddy was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma 6 years ago. I enrolled
    him in the Fr Solanus Guild and he has gone
    thru numerous treatments. I pray to Fr.
    Solanus every day. He recently went thru bone marrow transplant on April 14th and
    has been doing fine. He just had his pet scan,ct scan and bone marrow biopsy. he was told that he has no lymhoma visible.

    Thank you Fr Solanus and Jesus

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