Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
four days before he was martyred
The murder shocked the conscience of all Europe; miracles were announced immediately; the archbishop was canonized as a martyr by Alexander III in 1173; the king did public penance at his tomb, and much of what St Thomas had worked for all his life was accomplished by his death.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Valentin de boulogne
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
He will show us in this last action that He is not obedient merely to His holy and chosen Mother, but that He has come to be the servant of our commands and to wait upon our forwardness..."
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
"Heavenly Father, I ask & beg in Jesus' name, Your richest blessings upon Fr. ____.
Bless him, support him, encourage him.
Purify him, sanctify him, cleanse him.
Forgive him all his sins and heal him body, mind, and spirit.
Empty him of himself, and fill him with Your Holy Spirit
So everything he says and does will be anointed,
So he may lead many souls to Christ,
And may merit for himself everlasting life.
Blessed Mother and
Protect him from all evil,
And guide his feet along that very narrow path
Set with so many traps and snares for the feet of priests
And never leave his side until he reaches heaven, his true home.
I pray this same prayer for priests everywhere, but esp for ____ (other priests near my heart)
For any priest who has ever given me any of the sacraments,
For those priests who are most in need of prayer today,
And for those priests whose souls are still in purgatory.
I offer this pray for the newly ordained, for the seminarians, and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life."
I love the linking of the prayer with the specific moments of the Eucharist.
Only in heaven will souls know the gifts that having been petitioned, silently rest in the heart of God.
But their fruits are immediate. God hears and answers with the very breath. ~ Laurie
The Month of December prayer: Eternal Father, we lift up to you these and all the priests of the world. Sanctify them. Heal and guide them. Mold them into the likeness and holiness of your Son, Jesus, the Eternal High Priest. May their lives be pleasing to you. In Jesus name we pray.
Also I use the prayer of Pope Benedict's, that was taken from June Intentions. I am not sure what year. Here it is: That priests, united to the Heart of Christ may be always be true to the caring and merciful love of God.
Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful priests, for Your unfaithful and tepid priests. For Your priests laboring at home and abroad in distant mission fields. For Your dying priests . For the souls of Your priest in purgatory. But above all I recommend to You the priests dearest to me. The priests who baptized me, 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 priest who taught and instructed me, all the priests in 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.
Also - I give something up, that I really, really like, and every time I see it, it reminds that I gave it for priests.” ~
LORD JESUS CHRIST,eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly
people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to you,
the divine Master. May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart,
single-minded in service to you and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy, simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
your Mother and ours, draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI