Some of you will have heard that our holy father Pope Benedict XVI has made this year ‘The Year of the Priest’ which started on June 19th the feast of the Sacred Heart. It also is the 150th Anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney (Patron saint of parish priests). So what are we doing for it??? In our Diocese over the next year – we are praying each day for a particular priest in a special way. We have a prayer set out for us which goes as follows:
O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest Father ………Give him a deep faith , a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life. In his loneliness, comfort him, in his sorrows, strengthen him, in his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption. O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your hearet your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much. Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.
I beleive that this was written by a former archbishop of St. Louis – and what a lovely prayer it is. I think that the first half of the prayer could deeply be our own too.
What do you think?