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30th Anniversary of the Beatification of Blessed George Matulaitis

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Pope St. John Paul II, during the Mass of Beatification of Blessed George on June 28, 1987.

By Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC

Thirty years ago, on June 28, 1987, at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Pope St. John Paul II raised our beloved Renovator, Blessed George Matulaitis-Matulewicz, to the honors of the altar. It was truly a joyful day.

Saint John Paul II captured the heart of this holy man when he said in his homily: "He was a shepherd full of courage and initiative. ... His only concern was always the salvation of the souls entrusted to his care. ... I wish to remind you of his zeal. ... In heroic degree he strove to be everything to everyone, deeply conscious of his pastoral mission, true apostle of unity, dedicated without reserve to preaching the gospel and the salvation of souls."

For Blessed George (1871-1927), "to love" was "to serve." The commandment of love of God and of neighbor, for him, was simply an invitation to a life of dynamic, self-giving and sacrificing. Love in relationship to God meant whole-hearted acceptance of Him and His Word, complete entrustment to His guidance, and making "God and His glory the center of life, the axis of all thoughts, feelings, desires, and works."

To love God meant to love His Church, Christ's body on earth through whom the Lord Jesus, together with the Holy Spirit, teaches, guides, heals, and sanctifies. For Blessed George, to love God also meant to love and serve His people, materially and spiritually. He addressed various needs as he saw them. For the neglected orphans, he established orphanages and helped them materially. To serve the elderly and those who were poor, both materially and spiritually, he founded two religious communities of women religious. For mistreated workers, he helped establish unions. For the unemployed, especially those who lacked skills and places of work, he established technical schools and places of gainful employment. For those wounded and spiritually impoverished by atheism, tepidity, immorality, and apostasy, he established centers of spiritual and intellectual formation.

When he saw human families divided by ethnic antipathies, political party affiliations and ideologies, he called them to unity. "We are all Christ's and we belong to the party of Christ." When he witnessed people continually hurting one another, unable to let go of past wounds, he preached St. Paul's motto: "Overcome evil with good."

He saw ordinary Christians as powerful instruments in God's hands who proclaim the Gospel through the witness of their daily lives and bring Christ and the Spirit of God into their homes, work places, centers of learning, and political activities. He used every possible means to bring to all humanity Christ and His Kingdom of truth, grace, love, justice, mercy, and peace. He was able to do so by the power and grace of God, flowing into his heart, through his intimate union with Christ amid his fruitful ministerial and sacramental activity. Christ became his "all in all." May we be inspired by his example and imitate him in his wholehearted love and zeal for Christ and His Church.

Blessed George is a powerful intercessor, through whom many have received great graces. If you wish to begin a novena of prayer through his intercession, here is the prayer you may use:

Prayer for a Special Grace through the Intercession of Blessed George

O God, our Lord and Father, You surround us always by Your care; receive our humble petition, and through the intercession of Blessed George, who suffered so much for Your glory and for the increase of Your Kingdom here on earth, grant me the grace for which I ask You with confidence, promising to live from now on with greater fidelity to Your commandments. Amen.

Our Father ... Hail Mary ... Glory be to the Father ...

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Deacon Jim K - Jan 6, 2018

My son has been without a job for a long time ... he just moved to another city.
I picked up a copy of the Marian Helper (winter edition) and read about Blessed George.... I looked him up on your web page and read the prayer for intercessions... a minute later received a text from my son that he "got the Job!
he interviewed for weeks ago...
Have to say, Blessed George works fast!

Lois Vitt - Sep 27, 2017

Dear Blessed George,
Please pray for my friend's granddaughter, April, who is dying of cancer. Doctors say that only a miracle will save her. She is a courageous person who has overcome difficulty in her personal life and needs your intersession for healing. I ask now that the kindness, compassion and healing love you showed to humanity during your lifetime be showered upon April. Thank you Father.

Maxine T. - Jul 9, 2017

Please pray for my daughter's healing of a progressive medical condition. Thank you and our dearest loving God.

Holly - Jul 7, 2017

Blessed George, I ask for your intercession, that my husband and I would be able to conceive a child.

clarisse - Jul 4, 2017

My birthday is june 28th and my best friends name was George who suffered terribly before passing away its no coincidence that I decided to read about this George maybe my prayers will coincide with his and the Lords will be done

Susan of Phoenix, AZ July 2, 2017 - Jul 2, 2017

Blessed George, I'm very grateful that I was led to you to pray for my daughter & son-in-law in their young marriage. I seek your intercession that they'll be able to carry on their daily life as a family unit in love, harmony, peace, being able to communicate effectively their differences & personal outlook in life, and be great role models to their children as they grow up. Thank you! I'll continue to learn more about you and all that you've done during your life here on earth. Grant me the courage to be like you, always willing to serve in love, this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN!

Geoffrey , Phoenix, AZ - Jul 2, 2017

Blessed George, Am Praying for Your intercession to Please Heal my Marriage,
to help me to be more Compassionate & Understanding of my Wife and to bring back my wife to the Sacrament of Confession. Blessed George Thankyou for All of the Love & Sufferings You gave to our Lord to save Souls. Amen.

Maria Goretti - Jul 1, 2017

Blessed George, please pray that my nephew will always be in remission and that my son, Fran├žois's Superior will speak more kindly to him.Please guide my son on the right path.Please introduce a good man to my daughter to celebrate the sacrement of matrimony. Thank you!