Friday, September 18, 2009

Jesus Requests Daily Prayer For Priests

In 1921, Jesus appeared to Sr. Josefa Menendez and asked her to offer all she did for three priests who were wounding His Heart. For a time, she suffered very much in body and soul, offering all for those priests. Jesus reappeared to Sister Josefa on the Feast of His Sacred Heart, joyful that they had returned to Him. Jesus taught Sister the following prayer and told her she was to repeat these words every day:

"O Jesus, by Thy most loving Heart,
I implore Thee to inflame with zeal
for Thy love and glory
all the priests of the world,
all missionaries
and those whose office it is to preach Thy word,
that, on fire with holy zeal,
they may snatch souls from the devil
and lead them into the shelter of Thy Heart,
where forever they may glorify Thee."
In The Way of Divine Love it is related that: "Josefa never forgot that Feast of the Sacred heart. She had witnessed the infinite joy of the Sacred Heart when His priests give Him all the love they owe Him. The prayer He had taught her became her daily petition and priestly souls the first and biggest intention of her consecrated life. A little secret note found only after her death proves that at this time Our Lord kept the thought of the missions constantly before her eyes."
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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