A good friend of mine, who does not have cable television, was urged to see Father Corapi speak last Fall while he was still traveling around the country to hold conferences. She didn't know anything about him except that he was a favorite among some very orthodox priest friends. She came away somewhat discouraged, feeling like he had spoken more about himself and his personal trainer than he had about the Lord and His Holy Mother. Needless to say, when news broke about Father's very public fall, she wasn't surprised. My mother also just learned the details of the accusations against Father Corapi. She is shocked at some of the details have been made public, but not necessarily surprised that yet another priest has fallen from grace.
"The Devil," she said, "does not easily loosen his grip, especially on priests."
I have heard some very disturbing things not only about priests whose names are well-known, but others who toil anonymously. I received some very shocking news about one in particular yesterday. The details and diocese are not important. Suffice it to say it leaves me cold to hear of such hard falls from grace. This was one I would never have seen coming.
Why? Why are priests such a valuable conquest for the father of lies?
Because they are the only ones who can confect the Blessed Sacrament. So-called women priests and Episcopal priests can wave their hands over bread and wine all they want, but they cannot consecrate the elements to become the Body and Blood of Christ.
It's been about 4 years since I made the decision to do everything possible to get to Daily Mass. Sometimes, I look back on where I was spiritually a year ago, and I'm amazed at the progress I seem to have made. Then I realize it has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with Jesus Christ and the graces I have received from frequent reception of the sacraments. There is no bigger threat to the devil's grip than the Eucharist, so it should come as no surprise that priests are so often his target.
What to do about it?
-Make every effort to get to daily Mass. At the very least, try to go on Saturday morning, a day traditionally devoted to Mary.
-When you receive Holy Communion, don't forget to lift the priest who celebrated the Mass to the Lord.
-Do not develop an attachment to any one priest. Believe me when I tell you I am preaching to myself more than anyone else where this is concerned, but priests are priests, they're not rock stars and they don't need groupies and adoring fans.
-Much better to pray quietly for your priest than to inflate his ego with compliments and other words that will contribute, intentionally or not, to his vanity.
Prayer for Priests by St. Therese of Lisieux
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 priests 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
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.