He and the empress were committed to the Catholic faith and to the nation. The most important thing to which they aspired above all else, was heaven. You can read their biographies and follow the cause for their canonizations here and here.
I beg you to pray a novena for the canonization of Blessed Karl and his wife Zita asking them for the favor of interceding for the election of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshain for Virginia if it corresponds to God's will. I am going to begin a novena tomorrow saying the prayers below daily and offering my daily Mass and rosary for a pro-life victory in Virginia. Money can never compete with the power of the Holy Spirit. I beg you also to commit to some grass roots efforts to get out the vote for our pro-life ticket.
Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria:
[To be prayed at the beginning of each day of the novena.]
Heavenly Father, through Blessed Emperor Karl You have given Your Church and the people of God an example of how we can live a discerning and spiritual life in a convincing and courageous way.
His public actions as emperor and king, and his personal acts as a family man, were firmly based in the teachings of the Catholic Faith. His love for his Eucharistic Lord grew in times of trial, and helped him to unite himself to Christ’s sacrifice through his own life’s sacrifice for his peoples. Emperor Karl honored the Mother of God, and loved to pray the rosary throughout his life.
Strengthen us by his intercession when discouragement, faintheartedness, loneliness, bitterness and depression trouble us. Let us follow the example of Your faithful servant, and unselfishly serve our brothers and sisters according to Your will.
Hear my petitions and grant my request [mention your intention here].Prayer for asking the beatification of the Servant of God Empress Zita
Grant that Blessed Karl of Austria be deemed worthy of canonization, for the glory of Your Name, the praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for blessings upon the Church.
God, our Father, You redeemed the world through the atoning sacrifice of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He who was King became the Servant of all and gave His life as a ransom for the many. Therefore You have exalted him.
Now deign to grant Your servant Zita, Empress and Queen, to be raised to the honor of the altars of Your Church. In her You have given us an admirable example of faith and hope in the face of adversity, and an unshakeable confidence in Your Divine Providence.
We beseech You that Zita, alongside her husband Blessed Karl, will become a model of love and marital fidelity, and be an example for families in the ways of a true Christian upbringing. May she who in every situation gave her heart to others, especially the poorest among us, be an example of service and love of neighbor to all.
Through her intercession, grant our petition (mention your intention here). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
One Our Father, three Hail Marys, and one Glory Be
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† Mgr. Yves Le Saux
Bishop of Le Mans (France).