Please pray for the innocent priests who have dedicated their lives to serving God and folks like us.
It’s not easy today to be a priest. Let’s reach out to our priests and let them know that we support them. Just a hi and goodbye on Sunday morning is not enough. Many of them go back to an empty rectory after mass and suffer from isolation. We need to not only pray for them but to include them in our lives, even if only in a small way. An invitation to a meal would be nice. Or perhaps remembering a birthday, or a note or card on another special occassion. Or better yet, a “Call me when you need me.” would be great.
Celibacy is a great path to take in order to serve effectively in a pastoral capacity. Just ask any busy Protestant minister, or rabbi, who’s juggling husbandry and fatherhood to boot. Still better, ask the poor minister’s wife who has to share her hubby with his flock.
But celibacy is obviously tougher for some than for others. While it would be nice to hang onto that wonderful celibate option, perhaps it is time to also offer the marriage option, as in the ancient church. But that’s another discussion and not my point here.
We all know about the many who have fallen prey to the snares of the world. And then there are those who should never have chosen the priesthood in the first place.
It will take years for the truth about their guilt or innocence to be exposed. We are too close to the situation now to see it objectively. But thank God that what was once dark is being brought into the light. All the victims need to be rescued now, and all the false plaintiffs need to be exposed in a timely way.
So for now my prayer will go something like this:
Oh Lord, strengthen my parish priest(s) and give him the grace to resist the temptations of this world. Help him to remain focused, and to uphold Christ as the measure of all things. May his heart find both power and comfort in your Holy Word.