Monday, 3 May 2010

Priests

When praying for priests, I like to think of all the possible priests out there in all the possible situations they could find themselves in. Here is the result of my meditations, I just thought you might be interested:


o Pray for the priest whose calling was genuine but through the sinfulness of the world, his calling was ignored, mocked, ridiculed or abused to such an extent that he let his calling go, to his continued grief.
o Pray for the priest whose calling was never genuine but whose priesthood has been used as a stepping stone for power, greed, manipulation, bullying or abuse. Pray too for his victims. Pray for those who trusted him.
o Pray for the priest who made rash judgments about others that have had a lasting effect on that person’s ability to function within the Body of Christ. Pray that they grow in discernment.
o Pray for the priest riddled with doubt.
o Pray for the priest facing spiritual aridity.
o Pray for the priest facing temptations of the flesh. Pray he has the courage to resist. Pray that the object of his desire knows how sinful it is to lead him on.
o Pray for the priest who wants the Church to change, yet can’t see to his own continual renewal.
o Pray for the priest who feels uncomfortable amongst his fellow clergy.
o Pray for the priest who is feeling old and tired.
o Pray for the priest who is feeling young and enthusiastic.
o Pray for the priest in danger of his life.
o Pray for the priest having to give wise counsel who does not feel up to the task.
o Pray for the priest who thinks he can change the world.
o Pray for the priest who constantly has to fight his own temper and bad humour.
o Pray for the priest who feels he must be a people pleaser, involving his parishioners, to the extent of compromising the sacred liturgy.
o Pray for the priest having difficulty going to confession.
o Pray for the priest struggling to preach.
o Pray for the priest who can not feel anything in the Mass.
o Pray for the priest who is physically ill.
o Pray for the priest who is suffering from mental illness.
o Pray for the priest in very real combat with the Devil.
o Pray for the priest chosen to be a Bishop.
o Pray for the priest who will one day be Pope.
o Pray for the priest burning with love for Our Lord and filled with zeal for the conversion of sinners.

May justice, truth, and genuine self-sacrificing love pierce the hearts of all priests, through Christ Our Lord and High Priest. Amen.

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