My friends, let us pray, each and every day, for our priests!  Being a priest of the Holy Church is very difficult these days.  Very few Catholics are willing to make the many sacrifices required to serve in the priesthood, and so the numbers of the clergy have declined in most dioceses, making the Sacraments less available to the People of God.  Due to the evil deeds of a number of priests, there is tremendous hostility to priests now in many sectors of the mass media, the intelligentsia, and the popular culture.
O Most Merciful Jesus, look upon your priests and bless them!  Fill their hearts with love, grant them a solid faith, and give them boundless courage and hope to live out their ministry to your people!  Let every priest feel your love and tenderness in a special way this day, and let more and more brothers, sisters, and lay people in the Church feel called to pray for our priests daily.
+ May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts!

My friends, let us pray, each and every day, for our priests!  Being a priest of the Holy Church is very difficult these days.  Very few Catholics are willing to make the many sacrifices required to serve in the priesthood, and so the numbers of the clergy have declined in most dioceses, making the Sacraments less available to the People of God.  Due to the evil deeds of a number of priests, there is tremendous hostility to priests now in many sectors of the mass media, the intelligentsia, and the popular culture.

O Most Merciful Jesus, look upon your priests and bless them!  Fill their hearts with love, grant them a solid faith, and give them boundless courage and hope to live out their ministry to your people!  Let every priest feel your love and tenderness in a special way this day, and let more and more brothers, sisters, and lay people in the Church feel called to pray for our priests daily.

+ May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts!