Archive for July 6th, 2009

God has not forsaken me …

6 July, 2009

coptic_crucifixion_iconOn 1st July each year Passionists celebrate the liturgical Feast of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI said recently: “The blood of Christ is the pledge of God’s faithful love for humanity. Gazing at the wounds of the crucified Christ, every man, even in extreme moral poverty, can say: God has not forsaken me, He loves me, He gave his life for me; and so rediscover hope.” [Angelus, 5th July 2009]

A Prayer for Priests

6 July, 2009

O Jesus, 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.

But above all I recommend to you the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priest 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. Amen.

[adapted from the Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux for Priests]