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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Mother's Prayer for Priests
This morning I attended Holy Mass with the Missionaries of Charity, at their mission in Harlem, New York. The Chapel is very beautiful, with old stained glass windows and a lovely marble altar. Even more special is the fact that Saint Katharine Drexel lived here for a time. Other than the sisters and regular volunteers, there were many young people attending, who spend a good part of their summer staying with the sisters and working with the children at MC summer camp. They are our hope for the future.
Immediately after every Holy Mass, the MC sisters and volunteers get down on their knees and pray, always the same prayers. Now that we are in the "Year of the Priest", the sisters added a new prayer to the list, Blessed Mother Teresa's "Prayer for Priests." Here it is....
Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your mantle of purity over our priests. Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart. Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus. Like Jesus, they too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal. Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, so that He is the one they offer to sinners and to all they meet. Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bring them joy. Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted. Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus. Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart. Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate, so full of love and humility, so that they too, can grow in the likeness of Christ. Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen!
* above image Saint Katharine Drexel