|Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Cause
No. 2, Summer 1976
Father Kegler's Message...
Dear Friends of Dr. Tom,
I'm sure all of you are concerned about
the progress of the Cause of Dr. Tom. Because nothing spectacular has
happened since our last Newsletter (Feb. 1976) this does not mean things
are not moving ahead. As we all know, when it comes to Canonization the
church moves very slowly. This is good because the research and study
must be comprehensive and thorough.
Your prayers are needed to obtain some
first-class healings (miracles) through Dr. Tom's intercession. Some very
good cases are pending and should these miracles be obtained they would
certainly mean much in moving Tom's Cause along in Rome.
We are still looking for a biographer
to do the life-story of Tom - one that will be well researched, objective
and complete, even touching on possible areas or ideas from those who
feel Tom should not be canonized. In other words a fair, honest and complete
biography of Dr. Tom. We have some good leads on possible biographers,
but need time to study their background and abilities. This definitive
biography will then be presented to Sacred Congregation for the Cause
of Saints before the Cause is officially introduced so Rome can study
the possibility of opening the Cause. We need your prayers to help us
find the best biographer.
Each day's mail brings us encouraging
letters and testimonies of Tom's influence on the lives of so many people,
his courage, heroic virtue and example. Please God the number will increase
as time goes on.
In the homily of Pope Paul VI on the
occasion of the Beatification of Blessed Eugene de Maenod (Founder of
the Oblates of Mary Immaculate) on Oct. 19, 1975, Pope Paul said: "Prayer
has been, finally, the secret force of the astonishing fruitfulness of
action of these souls. Prayer has sustained them in difficulties and enabled
them to perform works that surpass human strength. And their example teaches
all the apostles - today and forever - that the interior life is, and
remains, 'the soul of every apostolate.' This is the secret and prerequisite
of the missionary influence at all levels of the Church in the world."
May our prayer life make us better witnesses as it did in the life of Dr. Tom and all the saints.
Sincerely in Our Lord and Mary Immaculate.