Who is the salvation of humanity? Jesus Christ. How did He create the means to achieve salvation? The Sacraments of His Church. Who offers us the means of these Sacraments? His priests!
Everyone has seen in their lives, and parishes, and in their families, the increase in the stress on Catholic priests, and the simultaneous attack on the priesthood in general.
The Priesthood is at the core of our Faith. Our priests sanctify, preach, and lead in their threefold office of Priest, Prophet and King. They forgive our sins by the power of Confession. They give us the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. They Baptize us, and our children. They often Confirm us in the Faith, and they are there for us in our last moments, with Extreme Unction aka Anointing of the Sick. Lastly, they make new priests by Ordination, by the hands of the Apostles, our bishops, the fullness of Priesthood.
The Priesthood gives to us all the means of our santification, and it is often a thankless job, or stressful job even when thankful. Let us list some of the ways priests suffer now:
Please, choose a devotion, and begin 40 days of prayer for the priests that YOU know, and for all priests, bishops, deacons and seminarians. We have priests ask me to pray for them all the time. Respond to the call by forsaking time spent on Facebook or other things, and make a 40 day devotion for the sanctification of the clergy. God will reward you in many, MANY ways for your faith in His Church, and His priests!
God bless you, and all for whom you are bound to pray!
There have been three reactions to the new translation of the Missal of Paul VI, put into use this week for the First Sunday of Advent, 2011:
- Resistance by progressive or liberally-minded Catholics.
- Embracing by conservatively or traditionally minded Catholics.
- General belief by traditional Mass followers that the revised Missal fixed the translation problems of the previous Missal and will be good for the Church at large.
To these ends, please pray that both the new and old Rites of Mass will continue always to grow in holiness and fidelity to what we pray, and what we believe... since the Law of Prayer is the Law of Belief. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use the revised Missal as a way to open hearts and minds to the finite majesty of God.
Again... God bless you, and all for whom you are bound to pray!