06 September 2013

Fr Ray Blake And All PPs

I'm not going to repeat what we all know and what lots of people have already posted about the press attack on Fr Ray in particular and on the Church in general.  I note from where the support has come.  I also note from where it hasn't.

Can I invite you to join me in a Novena to St Michael for priests who live in parishes by themselves, starting perhaps on Sunday after we have observed the Pope's Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syria.  There are few people the Devil hates as much as holy priests; there are few paths to holiness harder than that of being a priest, with all of the awesome obligations that entails.  So let's ask St Michael to help.  There are lots of good prayers available online: it might be instructive that there are even two alternative prayers on Wikipedia.

And even if you don't want to join me in this Novena, please pray for priests.


Left-footer said...

Starting tonight!

Thanks and God bless!

Chloe said...

Prayer for Priests

Keep them I pray Thee, dearest Lord
Keep them for they are Thine.
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy Consecrated Shrine
Keep them for they are in the world
Though from the world apart.
When earthly pleasures tempt. allure,
Shelter them in Thy Heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hour
s of loneliness and pain
When all their lives of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain
Keep them and O remember Lord
they have no-one but Thee.
Yet they have only human hearts and human frailty
Keep them as spotless as the Host that daily they caress
Their every thought and word and deed
Deign dearest Lord, to bless.

Our Father, Hail Mary. Mary Queen of the clergy
Pray for them