You Get What You Ask For

Ask, and it shall be given you – Mt 7:7

I just listened to a very interesting, and somewhat terrifying, interview (here https://athanasiuscm.org/2015/04/22/interview-008-fr-chad-ripperger-phd/ )  with Fr. Chad Ripperger. The entire interview was interesting, I recommend it, the first half dealt with exorcism. One of the points he brought up in reference to prayer is that you get what you ask for (beginning at 1:14:00).

In reference to getting what you ask for, since I wrote about the St. Benedict Metal on Friday there is something I would like to point out. There is, in broad circulation, an English version of the blessing of the metal (bearing a 1980 imprimatur) which strikes me as a watering down of the traditional blessing. Contrast the first part of the 1980 version on the left with the (also approved) English of the 1964 Roman Ritual.

In the name of God the Father  who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise this medal against the power and attacks of the evil one.  May all who use this medal devoutly be blessed with health of soul and body.  In the name of the Father  almighty, of the Son  Jesus Christ our lord, and of the Holy  Spirit the Paraclete, and in the love of the same Lord Jesus Christ who will come on the last day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.  Amen. I cast out the demon from you, creature medals, by God the Father almighty, who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and all that they contain. May all power of the adversary, all assaults and pretensions of Satan, be repulsed and driven afar from these medals, so that they may be for all who will use them a help in mind and body; in the name of the Father almighty, of Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord, of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

Now, I’m not saying that metals blessed using the 1980 formula aren’t blessed, they are. However, given the choice, if you get what you ask for, I would prefer the formula on the right be used. What do you think?

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