Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail
As we enter the most solemn week on the Church calendar, the mainstream media is swarming around the Pope, His Holiness Benedict XVI, like sharks who think they smell blood. The Holy Father needs our prayers now more than ever, and what's more, so do our priests, of whom we do not have enough and for whom we should thank Almighty God every day of our lives. Whatever happened in the past, it has nothing to do with good and holy priests who strive every day to bring us the Gospel, the Eucharist and other sacraments and who have a hard enough job without the constant drumming of those intent on the destruction of the Church.
Let's make sure, going into Holy Week, that we not only pray for our priests but that we also let them know how much we support them, how much we need them and how much we love them for the sacrifice they make for us and for the love they have for Jesus Christ carried out in their priestly duties.
Prayer for Priests
Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
Keep them, for they are Thine
The 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 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
- by the late John J Cardinal Carberry
Posted by TLW at 6:44 PM