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Irish Episcopal Watch

 

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Aspirations

to be said throughout the day

Jesus! (300 days indulgence)

 

Hail, O Holy Cross, our only hope. (500 days indulgence)

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I offer you my heart and my soul. 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul with you in peace. (300 days altogether, 100 day each; Pius VII, 1807)

 

Eternal Father! I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus, in satisfaction for my sins, and for the wants of Holy Church. (100 days; Pius VII, 1817)

 

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. (300 days when said with contrition and devotion; Pius IX, 1852)

 

May the most just, most high, most adorable Will of God be in all things done, and praised, and magnified for ever. (100 days once a day; Pope Pius VII, 1815)

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. (300 days)

 

My God and my All.

 

Heart of Jesus, all for Thee.

 

Set thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in thee and through thee I may be found faithful to God.

 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee. (300 days)

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you, save souls.

 

Prayer to St. Joseph: Remember, most pure husband of Mary ever-Virgin, my loving protector Joseph, that never hath it been heard that any one invoked thy protection or asked aid of thee who has not been consoled. In this confidence, I come before thee, I fervently recommend myself to thee. Despise not my prayer, reputed father of the Saviour of men, but do thou in thy pity receive it. (300 days)

Father John Sullivan, S.J.

Final years

In 1919, Father Sullivan was appointed Rector of the Juniorate and Retreat House at Rathfarnham Castle on the outskirts of Dublin, an office which he held until his death in May 1924. His main duty was the care of about twenty young religious, who were engaged in their University studies.

There are many testimonies to Father Sullivan's holiness at this period of his life. Frank Bradshaw, a domestic servant, recalled how he invariably found Father Sullivan kneeling before his crucifix whenever he entered the room.

For many years, Father Sullivan conducted a widespread apostolate of visiting the sick and suffering. On top of all his priestly duties, he found the time to regularly visit the needy, comfort them and administer the Sacraments to them. He visited Martin Connolly, formerly head cook in the College kitchen, once a week for about a year, and twice a year, when his condition worsened. He visited the former tailor to the College, William Byrne, for three years, during the third almost every day and towards the end twice a day.

By 1933, Father Sullivan's health had started to deteriorate. He was now 72 years old. On February 4th, about a fortnight before his death, he developed a swelling in the elbow, which proved to be bursitis. On February 17th, he was suddenly attacked by a violent internal pain and was removed to hospital.

He spent the last two days of his life in continual prayer. One of the nuns recalls, "I think that what most struck me and those who were privileged to nurse Father John Sullivan during his last illness was his perfect conformity to God's will and his marvellous patience." On both days he received Viaticum. He died at 11 p.m on Sunday, 19th February 1933.

 

The End