31 Year Old Priest writes to Pope Francis Before His Death

Father Fabrizio De Michino was born on the same day as the Blessed Mother and I.  That is September 8th.  While I was born in 1984, Father Fabrizo was born in 1982.  I thought this was a very nice coincidence.  Father Fabrizio passed away from a tumor in his heart.  He wrote a letter to Pope Francis which demonstrates that he had a continued desire to serve God and His Church although his condition was deteriorating.   A beautiful insight that we can read in Father's letter is that he offered his sufferings for the Pope.  God can allow us to do great things with our own suffering.  It's also good to notice that I write Father Fabrizio in the present tense.  As we well know Father Fabrizio is still and will always be a priest.  He is simply no longer here on earth.  We ought to pray for the repose of Father's soul.  It is ok to ask for his intercession privately.  In order to ask for someone's intercessions publicly they must at least be a Blessed.  CIC 1187 states: "only those servants of God may be venerated by public cult who have been numbered by ecclesiastical authority among the Saints or the Blessed."  Hopefully one day we will get to meet Father Fabrizio in heaven.  The English translation of the letter can be read here: http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/a-priest-writes-to-the-pope-just-before-dying-at-age-31-heres-what-his-letter-said-5228121552846848

 

Image of Pope Francis by Krzysztof HaƂupka (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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