Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Priests in Crisis: Spiritual Warfare

An important resource, Priests in Crisis, has been added to the sidebar. Anyone sincere about helping our Catholic priests should check out this site and pass it on to your priests. You never know when the information on this site might be of help to them or to some suffering priest that they know.

This need for support when priests are in crisis was sadly obvious last week when 60-year-old Father Dennis Rocheford jumped to his death from a bridge in Rhode Island. May his soul rest in peace. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

All the armies of hell are waging war against the Catholic Church. Their main targets are priests and those who are being called to the priesthood. They want weak priests, lax priests, discouraged priests, fallen priests. They would be happiest if there were no priests. They recognize the power of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in this spiritual warfare for souls. They know too well the power of the Eucharist. They work persistently to encourage anything that results in fewer Masses, less reverently said Masses, a congregation less reverent and more distracted at Mass or when in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament--these are some of their weapons.

The powers of darkness hate Jesus and they hate His priests. Without priests there would be no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, no Holy Communion, no Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in our tabernacles, no Sacrament of Reconciliation, no last Sacraments for the dying, no Sacrament of Confirmation, no Sacrament of Holy Orders.

We are in a serious situation in the Church and in the world. We need holy priests more than ever. It is time for all Catholics to think about what is most important in their lives. If having the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is important to us, prayer and sacrifice for priests should be an important part of our lives.
We need more priests. We need holy priests. If priests are in short supply and some are not as holy as they should be, we need to ask ourselves what have we done to help the situation. We also might ask ourselves what we would want done for ourselves if we (or our son or brother) were in their shoes. In reality, what we do for priests, we do for Jesus. Can any of us say we have done enough?
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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