Did you ever wonder what it would have been like to live in the Holy Land while Jesus was alive? Can you imagine watching Him heal the sick and miraculously feed the multitudes? Can you picture being able to actually touch Him? As Catholic Christians, we believe that Jesus still makes His Body and Blood available to us in Holy Communion. We can still encounter His healing touch in the sacrament of Confession and The Sacrament of the Sick. Did you ever stop to think that none of this would be possible without the priesthood?
The next time we feel the urge to criticize one of our priests (even with an innocent comment), why not say a quick prayer for him instead? Taking it a step further, the following prayer by St. Therese of Lisieux would be a great daily Lenten devotion:
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and
everlasting crown. Amen.