Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fr. Greg Maturi: "Operation Redemption" in Youngstown, Ohio

"My biggest problem is not fear of being attacked by gangs;
my biggest problem is keeping people from falling into despair and becoming cynical."

~ Fr. Greg Maturi ~

Please pray for Fr. Maturi and all priests.


O Jesus, our great High Priest,
hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N].
Give him a deep faith,
a bright and firm hope
and a burning love
which will ever increase
in the course of his priestly life.

In his loneliness, comfort him.
In his sorrows, strengthen him.
In his frustrations, point out to him
that it is through suffering that the soul is purified,
and show him that he is needed by the Church,
he is needed by souls,
he is needed for the work of redemption.

O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests,
take to your heart your son who is close to you
because of his priestly ordination,
and because of the power which he has received
to carry on the work of Christ
in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort; be his joy; be his strength,
and especially help him
to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

John Joseph, Cardinal Carberry (+1998)
Archbishop of St. Louis 1968-1979

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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