It has certainly been a challenging year, one with many difficulties but also, many blessings. A blessing that particularly stands out is the Capodanno Guild’s new Postulator in Rome. The October Cause update newsletter discussed that the vacant position had been filled by Dr. Nicola Gori, noting that he is also the Postulator of the Causes for Blessed Carlo Acutis and Father Emil Kapaun.
Below follows a message from Dr. Gori to you, our Guild members.
Letter from Dr. Nicola Gori
There is not only one way to reach holiness, there are many, and Father Vincent Robert Capodanno chose one of the most difficult: the offering of his life for the benefit of his brothers. It was his extreme sacrifice to go to the suffering of two wounded brothers in need of urgent care and help. He did not hesitate for a moment to defy enemy fire on that September 4, 1967. His charity made him overcome the fear of death, because his hope in God was stronger. He did not fear those who have the power to kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. He knew that that enemy fire could eliminate him from this world, but not erase his charity. For this reason, he is remembered with admiration because his gesture is not merely heroic but is the fruit of a journey to follow Christ that he had begun many years earlier.
In fact, his missionary zeal, his enthusiasm for proclaiming the Gospel, for transmitting to his brothers and sisters the richness of his friendship with Christ, led him to follow new paths. Docile to the action of the Spirit, he moved to the East to find his field of action. First in the education of young people, then, in a new adventure, in the service of his brothers engaged on the battlefields. The choice to become a chaplain in the Navy, with the intention of serving among the Marines deployed in Vietnam, was not an impulsive act, but a decision matured in the light of faith. His intention to put himself at the service of those who risked their lives on the front lines was sustained by prayer and a spiritual life that was not mediocre.
The choice to become a chaplain in the Navy, with the intention of serving among the Marines deployed in Vietnam, was not an impulsive act, but a decision matured in the light of faith. His intention to put himself at the service of those who risked their lives on the front lines was sustained by prayer and a spiritual life that was not mediocre.
The missionary vocation became in him a true and proper donation for others that made him an authentic imitator of Christ. This is the reputation for holiness which the Servant of God enjoys among the faithful. And it is this reputation for holiness that has sustained the opening of his Cause for beatification and canonization. A few months ago, I was appointed Postulator of this Cause, so that I could represent the Actor who promotes it, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
There has been some news in the last period regarding the state of the Cause: the first concerns the procedure for the recognition of his offering of his life, and the second concerns the investigation of an alleged miracle. On May 12, the congress of theological experts will examine the Positio – that is, the document containing the synthesis of the entire diocesan inquiry – and judge whether truly his donation can be considered as an offering of life, whose contents and modalities were defined and delimited in the pontifical document Maiorem hac dilectionem, approved and promulgated by Pope Francis on July 11, 2017.
As for the diocesan inquiry into the alleged miracle that occurred in the Diocese of Palm Beach, currently, it has been submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which is verifying its juridical validity. After this step, a Positio on the alleged miracle will have to be prepared and once it is ready, the date of the medical consultation will be decided. The experts will have to verify if the healing can be declared not explainable by science. If this step is positive, the presumed miracle will be examined by the theological experts who will have to make sure that the Servant of God was actually invoked to obtain the grace. If this step is also positive, the Cause will be discussed by the congress of Cardinals and Bishops, who will decide whether to bring the alleged miracle to the Pope’s signature so that it may be officially recognized. There is still some time to go, but we trust that the process can continue without obstacles.
It remains for us to continue to pray and to entrust ourselves to the intercession of the Servant of God, so that the Church may recognize his holiness. I extend an invitation to everyone to support the Cause with your collaboration and participation, thanking Archbishop Timothy Broglio and the leaders of the Father Capodanno Guild for the trust shown to me.