by Rita Davidson
Many of you know the name John Vennari as the publisher of the popular traditional paper, The Catholic Family News. Though I never have met him, he is well known to be one person of the many trying his best to a-right the wrongs that have happened to our dear Catholic faith.
Death is never far from my thoughts with each passing year. Having survived a stroke at 26 and then walking out of a burning house fire I know God has my name on a ticket. When LIFE becomes too much for me DEATH is often what brings me back to balance.
I don’t expect to give you a big run down of his lifelong work, I’ll let others who knew him do a better job than I ever could. I’ve heard he’s had the Apostolic Benediction which gives me hope. Now let us pray for God’s will to be done. Pray for his wife Susan and their children, as death is never easy. May St Joseph, patron of a happy death, to console him and bring him home. Well done my good and faithful servant.
St Joseph, Ora pro nobis!
With love and sorrow,
Prayers for John Vennari
by Michael Matt at The Remnant
A few moments ago I spoke via telephone with a Catholic gentleman, a beloved husband, a father and dear friend. His name is John Vennari, and he was told earlier today by his doctors that he is now in the “active stages of dying.”
John asked me to do him a favor and help notify his many, many friends all around the world that he may not live to see his birthday on Friday. He wishes everyone to know that he’s not in pain. He wishes us all to know that, as he put it, “either we believe in Divine Providence or we don’t. I believe in it, and I know that God has known for all eternity that I would be here in this hospital today, ready to die.”
John also believes in miracles, as do I. And so anything is possible with God. But John said nothing about miracles. I think he wants us all to know that he’s ready, that he loves God, and that his faith is so much stronger than his body just now. He wants our prayers.After all this man has done for us, for the Church, for the Catholic cause, I don’t think I need to beg for prayers for John Vennari. All I need to do is tell you that this beautiful soul wants us to pray for him, and I know that tens of thousands of grateful Catholics will do it.
His last words to me just now were to plead that, no matter what happens, we not give up the fight for Catholic restoration. “Please, keep it going. You must continue the fight for the Cause.” What does it say about the caliber of this warrior for Christ that, from what his doctors are now calling his deathbed, John Vennari’s concerns are still for the Traditional Catholic cause he defended all his life.
I will share whatever updates and information I receive from John and his dear wife, Susan—who now stands faithful watch at John’s side. Also, please pray for John’s beloved young daughters, Elizabeth and Philomena, and for his loyal son, Benedict, but especially for their dad who they love and cherish and respect more deeply than I can describe.
Thank you, John, for everything. God is with you, Mary is at your side and, all over the world, thousands of your brothers and sisters in Christ are with you right now, every step of the way, united with you in prayer. You are not alone, and your unshakable faith shines like a beacon for us all. Pray for us, John. And I know you know these are the most difficult words I’ve ever had to write.
God bless you, and Mary keep.
St. Philomena and Our Lady of Fatima—please pray for our brother John. (1)
Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) and speaker, she has a PASSION for making #realcatholicmodesty understood. She is a licensed Hairdresser, and Make Up Pro with a degree in Natural Health who enjoys essential oils & Jamberry Nail Wraps. She enjoys making people smile and sharing God’s love with anyone who will listen. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by finding the #realcatholicbeauty in their lives by carrying their cross with JOY!
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