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Monday, 3 August 2015

Say a Prayer for Your Priest

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Tomorrow marks the memorial of St John Vianney, a pretty appropriate occasion, I think, on which to thank God for priests, intercede with God for priests, praise God for priests, ask God for more priests...
I was particularly disturbed today at some ugly, anti-clerical trolling on Facebook, with a point of view that would not have been out of place during la Terreur, (which has been on my mind of late,)from a supposedly devout Catholic - shameful, and all directed at a priest I know to be very, very good.
Pray with the Little Flower, (a spiritual mother to many a priest, I believe.)
O Jesus,
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;v for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.v for your tempted priests;
for your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
for your dying priests;
for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way
(especially …)
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

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