Sunday, September 10, 2017

O Jesus, keep them close to Your Heart...

 "By nature, the priest is like all other men; 
through his office, he surpasses everything on earth;
through his conduct, he must be comparable to the angels."
- St Bernard of Clairvoux

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O Jesus,
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 priest 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...N...).

O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.  Amen.

Daily Prayer of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Image:   Ordination ~ Neilson Carlin

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