Friday, May 8, 2009

Prayer for Priests

A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord, keep them, for they are Thine -
Thy priests whose lives burn out before thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, shelter them in Thy Heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember Lord, They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed, deign, dearest Lord, to bless. Amen

7 comments:

  1. One of the most beautiful prayers for priests I have read!

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  2. Yhank you for the wonderful prayer for priests. Pray for you all every day sometimes many times a day.
    God Bless!!!!!

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  3. St. Charles Lwanga & companions, pray for marriage!

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  4. I visited the Church of The Holy Ghost in Denver recently. It was amazing to see the Oblates of the Virgin Mary celebrate mass in a stunning old traditional church. Make it a point to visit there at some time, you will be very glad you did.

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  5. One of the saddest aspects of priesthood remains the fact that marriage is prohibited. On the one hand it is true that those who are not married are in the position to devote themselves to a greater extent to their vocation. However, a marriage partner and children could also serve the purposes of God by providing an additional source of comfort, companionship and encouragement, and that while securing the priest from sinful lust. Let's pray that somehow this sad situation will be remedied.

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  6. It is more than sad that so many do not understand properly the profound beauty in the gift of true and pure celibacy, and the wealth of sanctifying graces that flow from it, not only within the celibate person, but outward toward others. This special charism given by the Holy Spirit is worth understanding. One very good book on the subject of chastity and celibacy for God's kingdom is titled, AND YOU ARE CHRIST'S by Fr. Thomas Dubay. Rich and insightful explanations are given here for those who are sincerely seeking understanding. But plenty of good material is out there. Indeed, our wisdom is not God's wisdom...Thank God for that!

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