O Jesus, our great High Priest,
hear my humble prayers on behalf of Thy priests.
Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.
In their sorrows, strengthen them.
In their frustrations, point out to them that ‘it is through suffering that the soul is purified,’ and show them that they are needed by the Church;
they are needed by souls;
they are needed for the work of redemption.
O Loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests,
take to Your Heart Your sons who are close to You because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much.
Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength, and especially help them to live and defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
The above prayer is from the late Cardinal John J. Carberry of St. Louis.
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