O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit
and give power to the words of priests
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance
and return to You, O Lord.
Lord, give us holy priests;
You Yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest,
may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere
and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares
which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord,
shatter and bring to naught
all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests,
for You can do all things.
I ask You, Jesus,
for a special blessing
and for light for the priests
before whom I will make my confessions
throughout my lifetime.
[Source: Posted on the Franciscan Spirit mailing list on May 12, 2003 by Nadine Mansour; also as prayer # 7 in: Chalice of Strength, pages 17-18. Crusade for Priests, Detroit, Michigan, 1996. (www.opusangelorum.org).]
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