Monday, May 11, 2009

Please Pray for Priests

I've been thinking a lot about priests today.  The media has found another priest scandal (of a different sort) to bring up and throw around.  

I don't want to go into detail on the story.  In fact, I purposely did NOT look this one up, because I think that this is a case better served in generalities than specifics.  I have no desire to dissect the actions of a priest and what he may have done wrong or right.  I simply would love for people to pray for priests right now.  What little I know: there is a man who received the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  He is going through a very tough time right now and he needs our prayers. Here's the thing, that could be said of a lot of our priests.  They do not need our judgement, our scrutiny of their actions for good or ill.  They need our prayers and our support.

Here's five things that you can do:

1) Pray for priests, especially those that you may know or that are serving your parishes.

2) Read this post about some of the special challenges facing priests today.

3) Pray for priests, especially those that may be going through particularly difficult struggles today.  You don't need to know who they all are.  God knows.

4)Write a quick thank you to your priest.  Simply tell him thank you for responding to God's call in his life and serving as a priest.

5) Pray for priests.  All priests.  We need them, and they need us.

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