K of C Lenten Novena – Our priests need your prayers!

The Knights of Columbus in Tennessee have made available a Lenten novena specifically geared toward praying for our priests.  The Handmaids of the Precious Blood for Christ in His Priest have a good post about this particular apostolate (HERE).  Please consider adding this novena to your Lenten practices of Prayer – Fasting – Almsgiving.

TC-ToT/November:  “Find your mission, find yourself.” 

Calling all 21 to early 40s Catholics! What is your vocation? Have you thought about your life choices in these terms? Will you be married with children? Single? Consecrated? Religious? Are you called to the priest hood? Join Fr. Dan Steele of Christ the King Parish as we discuss all things vocations.Saturday – 11/10/2018 – 7pm – Kimos: 2696 N. Columbia Center Blvd Richland

Theology on Tap is a Tri-Cities wide initiative with national roots.  

 

Recourse to the Holy Cross

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“Let us often have recorse to the holy cross, embracing it in our hearts.  Let us rest in the shade of this holy tree!  It is impossible that anything can hurt us if we keep to our resolution to belong totally to God.  Do not get all upset, therefore, when difficulties come your way.  Laugh in your enemy’s face; you are in the arms of the Almighty.  Therefore, let God be your strength and your love.”

~St. Francis de Sales (Letters 638; O. IX, p. 382)

What’s your vocation?

Hopefully, you said “To become a saint!”

Our fundamental vocation, the foundation to our human existence, is to become holy, to become a saint.  It’s required for entry into heaven.  Now, before you fret, becoming a saint does not necessarily mean you have to live just like Mother Teresa, or St. Joan of Arc, or St. Pope John Paul II.  It simply means saying “yes” to God and ordering your life towards that yes.

What does your yes to God look like?

A Prayer for a Priest

Though they may find great consolation in shepherding souls towards Christ, priests really do have a difficult vocation.  Imagine being the parent of not one, two, even five children, but hundreds, if not thousands!  It’s not easy to give up your life in total service to God and His people.  They need our prayers.   Please consider adding an intention for a specific priest in your life into your daily prayers.  Here is a beautiful prayer that you can use if you find yourself at a loss for words:

A PRAYER FOR A PRIEST
O Jesus, our great High Priest,
Hear my humble prayers
on behalf of your priest, Father [N].
Give him a deep faith,
a bright and firm hope and a burning love
which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him.
In his sorrows, strengthen him.
In his frustrations, point out to him
that it is through suffering that the soul is purified.
And show him that he is needed by the Church,
he is needed by souls,
he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests,
take to your heart your son
who is close to you because of his priestly ordination,
and because of the power which he has received
to carry on the work of Christ
in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength,
and especially help him to live
and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
Amen.

(Source:  Catholic.org)

You can access a printable .pdf copy HERE.

Daily Prayer for Priests

Today, as in every time, the devil works to destroy our relationship with Christ, most notably targeting those who bring Christ to us, especially our priests.  A simple but noble and effective way to shore up our priests is through prayer.  St. Therese of the Child Jesus composed this beautiful petition of support:

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The Daily Prayer For Priests

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 priest
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 (especially …).

O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen. 

Please consider praying for our priests every day so that they may continue to lovingly bring Christ to the world.