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Your Conclave

March 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Church Authority, Prayer

Your Conclave


I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the significance of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and wondering how to best focus my prayers in the coming days. for post on Your ConclaveThen I received two emails (Thank you God!) that contained specific suggestions, and I wanted to share them with all of you.

We MUST PRAY! We are God’s instruments to bring about good in the Church, and if we don’t pray we could end up with a pope that brings challenges that we would prefer not to face. The power of prayer cannot be understated here. Not because the power comes from us, but because we are God's chosen means to bring about His will through prayer. His power, His grace, His will comes to fruition through our prayers!

Here is a link to a website where you can adopt a cardinal to pray for. I've already signed up and it's FUN!!

Follow this Link to Adopt a Cardinal

For those of you, who would like a little help with your prayer, here’s one specifically for the occasion. We are asked to pray this prayer every day until the new pope is elected:

Conclave Novena Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send down your Spirit over the conclave. Let the Holy Spirit inspire the hearts of the cardinals, that they may choose the man most pleasing to You, as Successor of Peter and Your Vicar on Earth. May Mary, Your Mother and Mother of the Church, be our Advocate. Amen.

To aid you in your prayers EWTN has an endless source of programming and materials you can tap into. Here's a link to their Interregnum web site.

Also, Dan wrote a post recently that outlines specific intentions that might be helpful in your prayers.

If these ideas are helpful to you, please pass them along through email and Facebook to all your Catholic friends. We need to pray for our Cardinals!

St. Peter, Pray for us!


Art for post Your Conclave: Saint Peter, a 6th-century encaustic icon from Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, artist unknown, 6th century, photographed by Ghirlandajo, PD-US author's life plus 70 years or less; Saint Peter as Pope, Peter Paul Rubens, between 1610 and 1612, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less; both Wikimedia Commons.

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About Becky Ward

Becky is a wife, mother of four (One in heaven), grandmother of five, and a "re-formed Catholic" who, after receiving the gift of a deep conversion in 2006, and working through the Disciples of Jesus and Mary faith formation program, now considers herself to be "fully Catholic" What this means is that she now, at last, understands and appreciates the beauty of the Catholic faith in such a way that she wants to share it with everyone. "I've heard that the Blessed Mother told a visionary, 'If Catholics really lived their faith, the whole world would be Catholic.' I see the truth in this, and it is my deepest hope to be a living example that draws others to Jesus. Given the nickname Rebel-Becca by her mother, Becky strongly identifies with St. John the Baptist and his call to "make straight the path of the Lord", and with his role as "Friend of the Bridegroom". The poem, "Broken?" written through her hand, is a reflection of the journey of the soul, and Becky explains what the Holy Spirit is teaching her as she writes posts for each stanza.

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  • I adopted a Cardinal! Okay I’ll be honest, I was hoping for Tagle… 😉 
    But I got Polycarp Pengo from Tanzania… Would like to read up on him if I have time…What did other people get? 🙂

    • LizEst

      Polycarp? There’s an old church name for you!

      I got Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban, South Africa. His birthday is this coming Friday!

    • I have adopted Paolo Romeo

    • BeckitaMaria

      Two Josephs were chosen in this house last week: Giuseppe Cardinal  Bertello and Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi. How can we pray for one without the other and without the entire membership of the conclave?

      What a beautiful, solemn time for our Holy Mother Church!
      Come Holy Spirit! Send forth the heavenly radiance of Your light.

      PS I have a friend who was, well… eager about the opportunity to adopt a cardinal. She adopted seven and assures me all seven will receive many, heartfelt prayers. After seven adoptions she was cut off.

      • Becky Ward

        How funny!! Seven is the number of perfection is it not?

    • LizEst

      You can still pray for Tagle as well!!!!! I don’t think he would object. ;))

      • True! But it would have been cool to have randomly got him. :))

  • LizEst

    What Cardinal did you adopt Becky?

    • Becky Ward

      I adopted Archbishop Oswald Gracias from Bombay (Mumbai) India. I didn’t have any preference, but was delighted with this because Fr. Pinto was born and raised in India, my SD worked in that area of the world for several years, and of course Mother Teresa worked in India. I printed out the information that came in the email and cut out the picture and stats and I am carrying him with me wherever I go. 🙂

      • LizEst

        Congrats! What a blessing!

      • My spiritual director is of Indian descent. But he grew up here in the Philippines. 🙂

  • shellyb54

    This is so cool. It is privilege to pray for these cardinals. I have adopted Cardinal Attilio Nicora of Italy and his birthday is coming up on March 16th. He is President of the Financial Information Authority and I currently work in the finance area and have for over 25 years.

    • AnnieB

      Hi, I’ve adopted Attillio Nicora too which I thought apt as I work in financial services. Isn’t it a lovely gift to be able to pray in this way at this time.

      • LizEst

        Wow again!

    • LizEst


  • Vicki

    Our family adopted Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow.  For those of you who are interested, or perhaps have kids at home – here is a link that explains how a new pope is elected:

    • Becky Ward

      That was awesome Vicki! 🙂 Thanks!

    • RobinJeanne

      out of all the site I went through, trying to find something for my 4th graders, I did come across that site and found it the best, so now I’m working on how to presant it to my kids.

  • Suzi dutro

    I adopted cardinal Arinze.

  • Suzi dutro

    I adopted Raffaele Farina SDB

  • Jeanette

    I have adopted Cardial Roger Michael Mahoney, Archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles.

    • You might want to double up your prayers for him.

      • Jeanette

        I understand….

      • LizEst

        Too funny, Dan! A friend of mine also got Cardinal Mahoney. She didn’t know who he was. She does now!

  • I have adopted Cardinal Paolo Sardi, Vice Chamberlain emeritus, born in Italy 1-9-1934.

  • RobinJeanne

    I adopted Cardinal Carlo Caffara, Archbishop of Bologna. I pray that all these Cardinals keep theire heart open to the Holy Spirit and leave their “self” outside…. their pride, their preferances, their personal adgenda and keep it about what is best for holy Mother church.

  • LizEst

    …and one more thing from Catholic Vote:

    “The Vatican has called the universal church to pray [today] at 5 PM Rome time, for the Cardinal-Electors who will soon select a new Pope.

    That’s Wednesday, March 6th at 11 AM Eastern / 8 AM Pacific Time [United States’ time]

    While the official start of the Conclave has not yet been announced, the Cardinals will gather [today] at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica for recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and then Vespers.

    …and the Vatican has called on Catholics around the world to join them in prayer…
    The latest buzz from Rome is that over 5000 media credentials have been approved from 66 nations in 24 languages. The world is watching because the world is intrigued by the mystery of the Church.

    The world is watching because the world is seeking answers that are ultimately only found in Jesus Christ and His Church. The Church asked for our prayers. Let’s deliver them!”

    Don’t worry, if you can’t make the time, you can still pray! ;))

    • Is Eastern time GMT – 4 ?

      • LizEst

        Sorry I couldn’t get back to you sooner. From a site on-line, I understand Eastern time is GMT less five hours.

        But, if you look here the time is correct and accurate when you go to this site:

        Bottom line is that it is just a little less than an hour (about 50 minutes) from when I post this.

        • Oh good! That means I was able to on time! I wasn’t sure… Thank you! Also helpful to know timezones for the webinars!

          • LizEst

            Most states will move to Daylight Savings Time this weekend thereby losing an hour upon implementation. I don’t know how the calculations are affected by that, if at all. Perhaps (not certain) it means that Eastern Time will then be GMT minus four…just as you had originally asked.

          • Oh I see. I remember we were 12 hours apart before. Daylight savings time always confuses me. Thanks!

          • LizEst

            Mary – Re Cardinal Tagle, you must see this, if you have not already:

          •  LOL! Okay, campaigning for him much? Its almost election season here so yeah :)) Thank you! 

            Well we all really love him! He is still young compared to the others and so even if he isn’t elected in this conclave, he is likely to participate in the next one too! And we really need a bishop like him right now. He really reaches out to people, especially the youth.  

  • novice01

    I got Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, ArchB of Galveston/Houston, USA, born 5-23-1949, became Cardinal in 2007.  

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