All Glory and Honour to God

Below are some parting words from Msgr. Foy that he wanted distributed after his passing:

All Glory and Honour to God

Since I have received compliments for fidelity to the Church, a Catholic lawyer friend suggested that I publish something on this topic, which he researched and helped to prepare.

In the introduction to the book published in 2012, “A Spiritual Autobiography” by Servant of God Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000), internationally renowned theologian and adviser to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, wrote:  “If there is one autobiography that has deeply shaped my life, it has been the story of St. Augustine.  He credits himself only with the commission of his sins.  He credits God with whatever good he has done.”

There is merit in cooperating with God’s grace and we do earn that. Just look at the saints. God rewards the good and punishes the wicked.

Who am I and why am I here? 

“God made us. God is the Supreme Being Who made all things. God made us to show forth His Goodness, and to share with us His everlasting happiness in Heaven. To gain the happiness of Heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who teaches us through the Catholic Church” (New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism).

All honour and glory belong to Almighty God: “I am nothing”.

Father John Hardon refers to the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and states: “God keeps us in existence by the same Almighty Love that brought us out of nothing into being in the first place. And this is something we cannot too often reflect on – our nothingness. And the great Doctor of the Church, ‘the great theologian of nothingness,’ as he has been called, is Saint John of the Cross. Oh, how deeply he realized that except for the loving omnipotence of God, we would be what we were before we became what we are, and that is nothing.”

Dom Lorenzo Scupoli wrote: “The Evil One even uses virtue to tempt us to sin, inflating our egos with exaggerated self-esteem and complacency to the point where we succumb to vainglory. Thus, we must be ceaselessly vigilant, cognizant of our own nothingness, our sinfulness, our appalling inadequacy, and ever mindful that we deserve nothing but eternal perdition. Let this remembrance be to us as a sword with which we defend ourselves from the insidious attacks of presumption and vanity; and let us fight with the vigour of a man struggling for his very life. Unquestionably, therefore, those things which we truly merit of our own power are scarcely worthy of self-esteem, let alone the esteem of others. For our glories can be traced to Heaven, but our sinfulness can be traced to ourselves”.

I am a sinner, trying to avoid sinning.

“For if any man think himself to be something, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Gal 6:3).

“Unless the Lord build a house, they labour in vain that build it” (Ps 126).

“For it is God Who worketh in you both to will and to accomplish, according to the good-will” (Phil 2:13).

“Not that we are sufficient to think anything of ourselves, as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God” (2Cor 3:5).

“It is God alone Who gives us strength, light and Grace. I am far from giving a part only to God, and a part to myself. It all exclusively belongs to Him” (Saint John Chrysostom).

“Saint Paul lays down the general principle that of our natural strength and ability we are not able even to think, much less to wish or to do, anything supernaturally good and meritorious of life eternal. The beginning, as well as the completion, of each and every salutary act requires the Grace of God” (A Commentary On The New Testament, Washington, D.C.: 1942, pp. 488-489).

“For it is incontestable that the respect men pay you, and the good for which they honour you, are due to God. You rob Him, therefore, of all the merit, which you appropriate to yourself. Can any servant be more unfaithful than one who steals his Master’s glory?” (Venerable Louis of Granada)

Give all honour and glory to Almighty God.

“And upon a day appointed, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on the judgment-seat and made an oration to them. And the people with acclamations cried out: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And forthwith an Angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given honour to God: and eaten up by worms he expired” (Acts of Apostles 12: 21-23).

The humility of Our Lord Jesus:

Let us imitate the good example of Jesus Christ, our leader Who said “I can do nothing of myself.” (John 5:30); “I do nothing of myself.” (John 8:28); and “If I glory Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father that glorifieth Me” (John 8:54).

“Attribute nothing of good to ourselves”.

The Little Flower, doctor of the Church, counsels us: “‘A soul is not holy, the Saint explained, just because Our Lord uses it as an instrument.’ …We should try to grasp this truth,’ she added, ‘and attribute nothing of good to ourselves. No one actually possesses the virtues he practices, so let everything redound to the glory of God.’ …She never tired of repeating, ‘God has need of no one, so let us not take foolish pride in the thought that He decides to make use of us at times.’” – Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face (My Sister Saint Therese (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1997, pp. 204-205).

We obtain everything through the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

How fortunate are we to have the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Spiritual Mother.

His Holiness Pope Pius IX proclaimed on February 2, 1849, in Ubi primumOn The Immaculate Conception, what a significant and necessary role Our Blessed Mother Mary plays in our salvation.

“Our confidence, as you know well, Venerable Brethren, is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. For, God has committed to Mary the Treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through Her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is His Will, that we obtain everything through Mary.”

Thanksgiving

Regarding compliments that I have received, I sincerely thank those persons who made them and redirect them all to Almighty God. It is good to thank people and to be grateful.

I thank the Blessed Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spiritfor creating me, for calling me to be a priest, and for all the innumerable graces, and benefits that I received from them, through Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, and Queen of Heaven and Earth.

I also thank Almighty God that I was born into a practising Catholic Family, for my dear father, my dear mother and all my dear brothers and sisters – for all the love, affection, support and encouragement they showered upon me, the prayers they recited for me, the good example they gave me in their faithful saying of our daily prayers, attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, recitation of the daily family Rosary and the practice of other devotions of our Catholic Faith.

I also wish to thank everyone during my life that is due thanks.

In making this statement my intent is to give all honour and glory to Almighty God before I die and meet Him face to face for the final judgment.

Amen.

Msgr. Vincent Foy, April 23, 2015

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Exposition and Benediction at the Visitation of Msgr. Vincent Foy on March 17, 2017

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Visitation of Msgr. Foy, March 17, 2017

Those that had the privilege of knowing Msgr. Foy are witnesses to his saintliness.  He lived out heroic charity, had holy and true brilliance and real common sense.    He had the grace to accept and to remain ever in harmony with God and His Will.  We saw that he practised prudence, humility and all of the virtues.  We were fortified and amazed as we experienced and were blessed through his pastoral and mystical gifts, insights and words of wisdom.  He did things with Love, very well and carefully.  This man was a true priest and Christian.

About a week before he died, Msgr. Foy had not yet been informed by his physician that he would soon be called Home.  In his 102nd year, even with his severe insomnia and a heavy cross of other ailments, his mind was kept sharp and clear.  He began having great difficulty breathing, and therefore, talking;  yet he managed to utter something sweet, in his usual gentle and delightful manner and tone, about St. Patricks’s day.

With hindsight, this  seemed like a prophetic hint that something special would be happening on that day.  We felt it was a confirmation when we were later told that the date set for his Visitation would be March 17, the Feast of St. Patrick.  Foy is an Irish family name and this was a fitting day for an Irish wake.  Msgr.’s mother, Josephine Schnitzler, was of German descent.

Since he is a priest, the Visitation was held at Holy Family Church, 1372 King St. West, Toronto, ON, from 2-9pm, instead of at the Funeral Home.  We were so pleased with and recommend Paul O’Connor Funeral Home. Paul O’Connor himself, his wife Margaret and family took excellent care of this special priest’s funeral.  It is a Foy family tradition to make arrangements with them.

The Visitation began with a ceremony officiated by Oratorian and pastor of Holy Family church, Fr. Martin Hilbert, who when he was a younger man, was Vice-President of the Legion of Mary Praesidium that Msgr. Foy was once director of.

A beautiful cross-shaped wreath of flowers was placed at the foot of the open casket and a vase of red and white roses was positioned at the head.   These were lovely surprise donation from the sacristan – a very kind and generous gesture indeed.  Six tall candle sticks were carefully set and burned brightly around his casket.

Throughout the Visitation, a reception took place in the church hall run by the parish’s ladies’ auxiliary and volunteers.  On the parish hall video screen, a projector played a 1.5 hour DVD with a collection of photos and memories of Msgr. Foy’s life set to music.

At 5:30pm, the usual parish Mass took place.  Msgr. Foy’s casket was closed and reopened after Mass.  Prayers were then led by a group of Legion of Mary members and friends, including the full Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and hymns such as “Godhead here in Hiding Whom I do Adore”.  At 7:30pm, Fr. David Roche led the Stations of the Cross with singing.

“Jesus waits for us in this Sacrament of Love.  Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in Adoration and contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world” (Dominicae Cenae).

During the Visitation, we were delighted and it was a tremendous grace to have Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament – the Real Presence of Christ in the Monstrance was made known and filled the church.  By taking Jesus out of the Tabernacle for adoration, we were able to experience the Presence of Christ in a powerful and special way.

Prayers continued until 9pm, including the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the singing of the Salve Regina and “Holy God We Praise Thy Name”.  The casket was closed and a lovely black cloth pall with a cross on it and a scarlet vestment were respectfully draped over Msgr. Foy’s casket for the Funeral Mass.  His body was allowed to rest safely overnight before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle at Holy Family church.

Paul O’Connor Funeral Home staff and the Oratorians of Holy Family parish and their staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure everything went smoothly.  It was a great relief and consolation to have such prayerful, attentive, efficient and loving care.  All went the extra mile to give Msgr. Foy a beautiful, holy and reverent Visitation.

Many visitors signed the Guestbook with Condolences in the narthex of the church. Thanks to so many who gave such heartwarming, thoughtful and sincere condolences by phone, email, cards and in person.

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Homily at Funeral of Msgr. Vincent Foy

Many thanks to His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins for being the homilist at Msgr. Foy’s funeral and for posting his homily.  People were asking for a copy of the homily and we are pleased to see that it was made available online.  Wonderful!

In his homily, the Cardinal shared that:  “There is a sign in many sacristies: ‘Priest of God, celebrate this Mass as if it were your first Mass, as if it were your last Mass, as if it were your only Mass.'”

He then extended an invitation to all of us to keep “a figurative sign in our minds: ‘Christian, live this day as if it were your first day, as if it were your last day, as if it were your only day.’ We need to be attentive each day, ready to meet the Lord, and seeking to dispel the illusions that lead us to disaster, and hold fast to the path that leads us home to our heavenly Father.”

Here is His Eminence’s full homily:

https://www.archtoronto.org/media-centre/news-archive/chancery-news/homily-at-funeral-of-msgr-vincent-foy-ph

Archdiocese of Toronto Homily at Funeral of Msgr. Foy

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