As St. John Vianney said about,
”O how great is the priest!
If he realized what he is he would die…
God obeys him: he utters a few words and the Lord descends from Heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host.
Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord.
Who put Him there in the tabernacle? The priest.
Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of life? The priest.
Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for the journey? The priest.
Who will prepare it to appear before God, bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ?
The priest- always the priest.
And if the soul should happen to die (as a result of sin) who will raise it up, who will restore its calm and peace? Again the priest.
After God, the priest is everything.
Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is.”
When will we realize that if we do not pray for the protection and inspiration of priests, there will be none!
When will we realize that if we do not pray for vocations to the priesthood, there will be none!
When will we realize that if there are no priests, there will be no more Mass and no more Eucharist.
Again St. John Vianney said, “The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for YOU.”
Dear Father in heaven,
You see the face of your son, Jesus, in every priest. I ask through Jesus Christ your beloved son to strengthen, protect, and ignite your priests with fire from Your Holy Spirit. So that nourished and cared for by your priests, we may join You in heaven for all eternity. AMEN
PRAY FOR PRIESTS.
Visit the PAPA (Priests Always-Prayer Apostolate) Website
and pray the prayer for priests.
Happy 20th Anniversary Father Michael J.T. Nguyen C.SsR.