05 December 2012

Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus

In three days is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th); a feast that is very dear to me as a Marian convert to Catholicism and as a Franciscan. Exactly one month before this wonderful feast is another feast that is also very dear to me as a Marian convert and Franciscan, the Feast of Blessed John Duns Scotus (November 8th). It was his eloquent reasoning and rational thought that helped lead another Franciscan, Pope Sixtus IV, to approve the liturgical office of this Marian feast in 1480. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was eventually officially declared a dogma of the faith in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. The famous Franciscan scripture scholar from the 20th century, Blessed Gabriele Allegra, said of Blessed John Duns Scotus, “I see Scotus as the Doctor of the Immaculate Conception, of Christ as King of the universe, of the Church as the bride of Christ, as a defender of Christ's Vicar on earth, as a theologian of the mystery of the Eucharist.”

My novena request leading up to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this year has been that Blessed John Duns Scotus be canonized. I believe that the canonization of the doctor of so beautiful a doctrine about Our Lady would please her and her Son very much. Please join me in this Year of Faith to pray for the canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus beginning on the Feast of the conception of our Immaculate Mother.
Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus:
O Most High, Almightily and gracious Lord, Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart, grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized. He honored Your Son with the most sublime praises; he was the first to successfully defend the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father, to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O most holy Father, God of infinite love, hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer, thorough the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and His Mother, the Gate of Heaven and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.