Tuesday, October 19, 2010

North American Martyrs: The Power of Love

"Priests are to preach Christ. And if you want one intention to pray your hearts out for, that priests might preach Christ in their homilies...Pray that priests might preach Jesus."

"Pray that our bishops and priests might have the blood of martyrs in their veins. The single most needed grace in the Catholic Church today is the courage of martyrs in our priests and bishops, barring none."

"I've read and reread over the years the lives and the martyrdom of these fellow Jesuits of mine often enough to be able to tell you what sustained them in their years of ordeal and prepared them for martyrdom was their devotion to Christ in the Eucharist. Be comforted by this yourselves, tell it to others; you're in trial, come before the Eucharist; you've got a problem, come before the Blessed Sacrament; you don't know where to turn, talk to Our Lord in the Sacrament He instituted to give us strength."

~ Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, S.J.: Excerpts from here ~

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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