Faithful invited to give thanks for ‘miracles’
A Mass in honor of Father Emil Kapaun and in thanksgiving for the favors granted due to his intercession will celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. A reception will follow in Good Shepherd Hall.
The event is to mark the closing of the investigations of two alleged miracles involving Chase Kear and Avery Gerleman, but to also give thanks for the hundreds of other favors that people have been granted due to Fr. Kapaun’s intercession.
“There are many, many stories that have been reported, and I am sure just as many if not more that have not been reported to us,” said Fr. Hotze, episcopal delegate of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Father Emil Kapaun. “Many of these will never be able to be considered for investigation as a miracle, but those that received the favor, believe in their hearts that the favors were granted due to Fr. Kapaun’s intercession.”
We can never give enough thanks for the graces we receive, he said. We will recognize at the Mass that the Catholic Church’s doctrine of the Communion of Saints is an integral part of our lives, said Fr. Hotze, adding that the saints are not just images in a piece of artwork or statues that we place on a pedestal.
“They [the saints] are our brothers and sisters in Christ and they actively assist us with their prayers,” he said. “We are never alone in our goal of reaching salvation. They are pulling for us, in the words of St. Paul, ‘to fight the good fight,’ ‘to win the race.’ In the imitation of Christ, all of the saints desire that we be with them for all eternity.
“Father Kapaun, as all the saints, offer prayers of thanks and praise of God. How better can we glorify God than to follow the example of the saints so that we too might receive the greatest of all graces, eternity with God?”
All are invited to attend the celebration in honor of Fr. Kapaun. For more information, contact the Chancery Office at (316) 269-3900 or visit www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.