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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Musings - I Am Not Going To Cry!

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If God used Balaam’s donkey to get that prophet’s attention, I guess he can use me to get yours. May these periodic postings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month (God willing) generate fruitful discussion and faithful change.
Today, I wanted to cry!  

I had ample reasons to cry but I am not going to!! 

Instead, I am calling all Catholics to spiritual arms! 

I am asking every one who reads this post to thank our Lord for the many holy priests among us.  At the same time, I want your help to assemble an army of prayer warriors, storming heaven, begging Almighty God for the sanctification of each and every one of His priests, those presently ordained and all those to be ordained from now until the end of time.  

We need more holy priests who revere and love the Eucharist, who demonstrate that love and reverence by the way they celebrate Mass and the manner in which they conduct themselves while in the Eucharistic Presence, and who make our Eucharistic Lord the source and center of their priestly lives.   

We need all priests to be willing to give themselves totally and without reservation to the Eucharist in order to save the souls of every one under their pastoral care.  As mere humans, they can do none of this on their own. They can only do so by the grace of God and through the prayerful support of the people of God.  

And they NEED us - now, tomorrow and every day thereafter!  

We need caring, concerned, committed Catholics to spiritually and prayerfully adopt a specific priest and to pray for that priest by name every day. 

We must also revere and love all our priests. We must encourage them to “truly appreciate their unique oneness with” God. And we MUST prayer for them! 

There is an easy and painless way for you to join this prayerful battle. Visit the Handmaids of the Precious Blood. They are “cloistered contemplatives who pray and sacrifice for the sanctification of priests through Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration”.   

You can become a Lay Associate of the Priesthood and adopt a priest for whom you promise to pray for daily. It costs nothing. Enrollment is simple. Just click this link, scroll down the page, click “Adopt a Priest” and provide the good nuns with the requested information. You will receive an enrollment card with the name of the priest to whom you have been assigned to pray for, and a specific prayer to offer daily on his behalf. You can choose to do more if you wish, including using the beautiful closing prayer the nuns offer at Compline each evening.  

The Handmaids of the Precious Blood have not asked me to make this request and do not even know I am doing so.

I am simply responding to a prompting God placed on my heart today.
Can He and His priests count on you?

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