If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. (C.S. Lewis)
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Monday, August 1, 2011
Pray for Priests -- August Intentions
THIS IS NOT AN EVENT YOU NEED TO PHYSICALLY ATTEND it is an event where the Body of Christ, the Church, are uniting to pray for our priests. "The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!" Blessed Pope John Paul II (Rome, Italy, October 13, 1979)
Our priests are under constant attack, they are called to be God's instruments to administer His Sacraments which translates to they are walking around with a giant target on their forehead.
We need to pray and sacrifice for our priests, we need to form an army to defend them in prayer and penance.
I ask you to join me in dedicating August to praying for priests around the world, to praying for seminarians, for those training and forming priests, for vocations directors and for more vocations and for those who are discerning priesthood.
I prepose praying St Therese's daily prayer for priests (see below) and fasting or doing penance one day a week each week in August (and beyond) for our priests.
Please invite all your friends to join us.
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
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
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
And bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.