City ‘thanking God ahead of time’ for gift of Fr. Solanus Casey’s beatification
DETROIT — For decades during the Great Depression and afterward, Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey was the “go-to” guy for those who were sick, poor, afflicted or discouraged in their faith.
Standing at the doors of St. Bonaventure Monastery on Detroit’s east side, the holy Capuchin would welcome dozens — if not hundreds — of visitors per day: families with an ill child, destitute fathers desperate to make ends meet, loved ones distraught over a relative’s drifting from the faith.
Now that Fr. Solanus is set to be beatified Nov. 18 at Detroit’s Ford Field, home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the entire city is heeding his advice.And no matter the situation — whether a healing was imminent or not — he would tell them the same thing: “Thank God ahead of time.”
“I think excitement is at a fever pitch. Everybody is so enthused about it. I get people asking me about the occasion all the time,” said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in an interview with The Michigan Catholic. “The quick way the tickets were all assigned is a strong sense of the enthusiasm of the whole community.”
Indeed, it took just hours for the 66,000-seat Ford Field to “sell out” for the historic Mass — though the tickets were free — with eager Detroiters snapping up the chance to be in attendance to thank God for the gift of the friar’s extraordinary life and intercession.
“People feel a strong connection to Father. It’s like having someone in your family beatified,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “Of course, in our region that’s very understandable. But really I think it’s across the whole country and other parts of the world, too. I think Father’s humility and his accessibility help people feel that they belong to him and he belongs to them.”
Read more at The Michigan Catholic – http://www.themichigancatholic.org/2017/11/detroit-catholics-at-fever-pitch-over-beatification-of-holy-friar/