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Sunday, December 01, 2019

A PRAYER FOR THE REDEMPTION OF BAD PRIESTS

A PRAYER FOR THE REDEMPTION OF BAD PRIESTS

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Thou are the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling. Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost! Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace which emanates from Thine all-merciful love! Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people. O most compassionate Savior! Remember that Thou didst once redeem the souls of Thine erring priests with Thy Precious Blood and in infinite preferential love didst impress upon them the indelible character of the priesthood. Put wholly to shame those miserable helpers of Satan who lay snares for the virtue of priests and endanger the holy ideal of the priesthood. Most graciously accept our prayers and sacrifices for poor priests who have gone astray and hear our earnest petition.
 Amen 
Imprimatur - Bishop John F. Noll (April 18, 1948)

St. Anthony of Padua, defender of the Holy Eucharist, obtain for us holy priests
St. John-Mary Vianney, model of sacerdotal holiness, obtain for us holy priests

St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionary priests, obtain for us holy priests
St. Therese of the Child-Jesus and of the Holy Face, victim offered for the sanctification of priests, obtain for us holy priests

Saints and Servants of God, obtain for us holy priests.

2 comments:

  1. Also:

    For bad priests, including apostates, antipopes, false popes and murderers of souls.

    Wow. Custom fit for Cardinal Bergoglio.

    That’s a prayer I can say for him. Finally. Thanks.

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  2. Prayers for Good Priests
    Prayers for Good Priests
    (to offset the presumptuousness of the "lay elite"):

    Prayer for Good Priests from St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897)
    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;
    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.
    A Priest
    A priest is a lover of God. A priest is a lover of men.
    A priest is a holy man because he walks before the Face of the All Holy.
    A priest understands all things.
    A priest forgives all things.
    A priest encompasses all things.
    The heart of a priest, like Christ's, is pierced with the lance of love.
    The heart of a priest is open, like Christ's, for the whole world to walk through.
    The heart of a priest is a vessel of compassion.
    The heart of a priest is a chalice of love.
    The heart of a priest is the trysting place of human and divine love.
    A priest is a man whose goal is to be another Christ.
    A priest is a man who lives to serve.
    A priest is a man who has crucified himself, so that he too may be lifted up and draw all things to Christ.
    A priest is a man in love with God.
    A priest is the gift of God to man, and of man to God.
    A priest is a symbol of the Word made flesh.
    A priest is the naked sword of God's justice.
    A priest is the hand of God's mercy.

    A Prayer for the redemption of judgmental laity (For those Catholiscisti) "holier than thou types":
    From becoming so-called watchdogs of priests- deliver us!
    From running to the bishop when we disagree with our pastor (or running to the Vatican when we disagree with our bishop) - deliver us!
    From attempting to spiritually form our priests instead of ourselves- deliver us!
    From thinking we are being more Catholic than the Pope- deliver us!
    From setting a higher standard for priests that we would never follow ourselves-deliver us!
    From setting clergy and laity against one another for personal gain- deliver us!
    From lapsing into congregationalism- deliver us!!
    From being divisive rather than incisive; and destructive rather than constructive- deliver us!
    From whining “if it is not done my way, I will leave!” (Go ahead and leave the parish in peace!)
    Lord hear out prayer; AMEN!

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