Give us priests who are on fire


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St. Thérèse’s Prayer for Priests

St. Thérèse’s devotion to the Priesthood is to be found in all its fullness in a prayer which she used to say daily and which she learnt off by heart; this is all the more remarkable in view of her known distaste for lengthy set forms of prayer.

‘O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy Divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the Cross; priests: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the souls of men.

May Thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for Thy beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless love.’
Amen


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#3

** St Therese, please offer this prayer on behalf of priests, that like you they will become holy and on fire with God’s love**

ST. THERESE’S ACT OF OBLATION AS A VICTIM OF DIVINE LOVE
This Act of Oblation St. Therese carried in a copy of the Holy Gospels, near to her heart night and day.

O my God, Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved, to labor for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls on earth and by delivering those who suffer in Purgatory. I desire to accomplish Thy Will perfectly and to attain to the degree of glory which Thou hast prepared for me in Thy Kingdom; in a word, I long to be a Saint; but I know that I am powerless, and I implore Thee, O my God, to be Thyself my sanctity.

Since Thou hast so loved me as to give me Thine Only Son to be my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine; to Thee I offer them with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only through the eyes of Jesus and in His Heart burning with love.

Again, I offer Thee all the merits of the Saints, in Heaven and on earth, their acts of love and those of the holy angels; and finally I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Holy Virgin, my most dear Mother; to her I entrust my oblation, begging her to present it to Thee.

Her Divine Son, my well-beloved Spouse, during the days of His life on earth told us: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.” [John xvi. 23] I am, then, certain that Thou wilt hearken to my desires. My God, I know it; the more Thou willest to give, the more dost Thou make us desire.

Immense are the desires that I feel within my heart, and with confidence I call upon Thee to come and take possession of my soul. I cannot receive Thee in Holy Communion as often as I would; but Lord, art Thou not Almighty? Remain in me as in the Tabernacle; never leave Thy little victim.

I long to console Thee for the ingratitude of the wicked, and I pray Thee to take from me the power to displease Thee. If through frailty sometimes I fall, may Thy divine glance purify my soul immediately, consuming every imperfection, like to fire which transforms all things into itself.

I thank Thee, O my God, for all the graces Thou hast showered on me, in particular for having made me pass through the crucible of suffering. It is with joy that I shall behold Thee on the Last Day, bearing Thy sceptre, the cross; since Thou hast deigned to give me for my portion this most precious cross, I have hope of resembling Thee in Heaven, and of seeing the sacred stigmata of Thy Passion shine in my glorified body.

After exile on earth, I hope to enjoy the possession of Thee in the eternal Fatherland, but I have no wish to amass merits for Heaven; I will work for Thy Love alone, my sole aim being to give Thee pleasure, to console Thy Sacred Heart, and to save souls who will love Thee for ever.

At the close of life’s day I shall appear before Thee with empty hands, for I ask not, Lord, that Thou wouldst count my works. … All our justice is tarnished in Thy sight; therefore I desire to be clothed with Thine Own Justice, and to receive from Thy Love the eternal possession of Thyself. I crave no other throne nor other crown but Thee, O my Beloved.

In Thy sight time is nothing; one day is as a thousand years. [Ps. lxxxix. 4] Thou canst in an instant prepare me to appear before Thee.

In order to live in one act of perfect love, I offer myself as a victim to Thy merciful Love, and beg Thee to consume me unceasingly, letting flow into my soul the floods of infinite tenderness which are contained in Thee, so that I may become a martyr of Thy Love, O my God.
May this martyrdom, having first prepared me to appear before Thee, break life’s thread at last, and may my soul takes its flight unhindered to the eternal embrace of Thy merciful Love.

I desire, O my Beloved, to renew this offering to Thee an infinite number of times, with every beat of my heart, “till the shadows retire,” [Canticle of Canticles, iv. 6] and I can tell Thee my love, face to face through all eternity. Amen.


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O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy Divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the Cross; priests: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the souls of men.

May Thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for Thy beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless love.’
Amen


#5

Flame on!

O’ Holy father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy divine Son Bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the cross: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the Souls of men

May thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by his loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a Mother's care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specifically the Guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.  

Give us Priests who are on Fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with witch Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

 Mother of sorrows and of Love, out of compassion for Thy Beloved Son, open in our Hearts deep wells of Love, so that we may console Him and give him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless Love.

Amen


#6

Forgive me if this thread title made me smile and think, “But not literally!”

During the Easter Vigil when I was Confirmed, it was so windy that the outdoor fire pit went all over the place and the priest nearly lit himself ablaze.

But yes, I pray for fervent and holy priests of all ages and all nations!


#7

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus
Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was
conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the
Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell; the third day He
rose again from the dead; He ascended
into heaven, is seated at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty; from thence He
shall come to judge the living and the
dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the
Holy Catholic Church, the communion of
Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and life
everlasting. Amen.


#8

Prayer for Priests

O Mary, Mother of the High Priest,
you love your priestly Son
with the love of your maternal heart.
Hear my heartfelt prayer today
for all priests.

I pray for faithful and fervent priests,
for unfaithful and tepid priests,
for priests who minister at home,
for priests in the missions,
for young and old priests,
for sick and dying priests,
for the souls of forgotten priests,
for priests who have touched my life.

Maternal heart of Mary, remind us that
your priestly sons are weak and frail human beings.
Give them a deep faith, a firm hope, and a burning love
to faithfully live and preach the Gospel.

I ask that
in their loneliness, you strengthen them;
in their sorrows, comfort them;
in their frustration, support them.

Mary, keep them close to your Son,
The Priest. Bless them abundantly
now and in eternity. Amen.


#9

Lord, thank You for the holy priests You have put in my life. Bless them and make them so bright and good that they resemble Your Son Himself in every respect and at every moment of their lives. Mother Mary, intercede for them always and protect them under your mantle until their souls are safe with You and Jesus in bliss in heaven for all eternity. Amen.


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St. Thérèse’s Prayer for Priests

‘O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy Divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the Cross; priests: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the souls of men.

May Thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for Thy beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless love.’
Amen


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St. Thérèse’s Prayer for Priests

‘O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of Thy Divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the Cross; priests: who as a pledge of Thine own most tender love will lovingly give Thy Divine Son to the souls of men.

May Thy priests be faithful guardians of Thy Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house. Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards Thy children. May they teach souls to enter into close union with Thee through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of Thy Divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for Thy beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in thy school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of thine own spotless love.’
Amen


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