France: Cause opens for the beatification of Dom Guéranger

Source: FSSPX News


On January 20, in the weekly La France Catholique, Fr. Jacques-Marie Guilmard announced the opening of the diocesan proceedings for the beatification of the Servant of God, Dom Prosper Guéranger (1805-1875) by Mgr. Jacques Faivre, bishop of Le Mans, on December 21.

 Following a request from the monks of the Solesmes Congregation about twenty years ago, to undertake preparatory steps towards the opening of the cause, Dom Jacques de Préville was appointed postulator in 1999. On December 21 last, the bishop of Le Mans recognized Fr. de Préville’s request as “legitimate”. The bishop named Canon Olivier Le Jariel examining magistrate and Canon Jean Lusseau promoter of justice, as well as Fr. Camille Moulin notary, and Fr. Yves Thorin assistant notary. The tribunal thus formed “has the mission of listening to the witnesses called to speak about Dom Guéranger, man of God, a holy man of faith, and in particular, speaking of the habitual recourse they have to the intercession of the Servant of God, and the eventual favors received.”

 “The theological, philosophical, canonical – with his bishop Mgr. Bouvier – and liturgical controversies in which Dom Guéranger was involved, are no longer prevailing, but that takes nothing away from his greatness in the spiritual realm. On the other hand, we may well think that it is the future demonstration of his sanctity which will compel us to re-discover the validity of his struggles, and to give them back their true doctrinal and spiritual import,” declared Fr. Jacques-Marie Guilmard.

 Furthermore, “the mystical life of Dom Guéranger was characterized by a profound equilibrium, coming to him, no doubt, from the grace which caused him to refer in all things to the Incarnation, where Divinity and the most ordinary humanity meet. It is as a result of this that his vision of the natural and of the supernatural world was totally balanced, as were his relationships with others. Dom Guéranger would make an effortless transition from the most solemn liturgical prayer to the real problems of the everyday life of his monastery with a thousand different events of a community to run,” he added, pointing out that Dom Guéranger “received the devotion to the Sacred Heart at a very early age, through a particular grace at the Visitation monastery at Le Mans,” and that “a short time after, in the same place, it was faith in the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady which forced himself upon him as an evidence.”

 “In all things,” he continued, “he wished to serve the Church which he knew through her history and her liturgy and from intimate conversation with God: he could speak with depth and unction of the love of the Church; he knew how to make the liturgy understood and loved, as the prayer of the Church with Her Divine Spouse.”

 Lastly, we must remember that “his patience was such that his trials were not known even to his entourage. Was this not the fruit of an heroic virtue? His health was ruined following cholera which he contracted in Rome in 1837. Money worries troubled him right from the beginning to the very end of his monastic life. Tragic betrayals and desertions. Above all worries for the universal Church, as much for the faith as for discipline.”