By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The faithful are being invited to participate in the preparation of a massive spiritual bouquet to be presented this fall to U.S. priests.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced the program today and is inviting the faithful to pledge prayers, rosaries, chaplets, holy hours, and sacrifices for priests so that they may be protected in body and spirit, and may grow in holiness and in the fruitfulness of their ministry.
“At Priests for Life, we focus on how priests are, by definition, heralds of the Gospel of Life,” Fr. Pavone says. “By saying mass, the priest brings us the victory of life over death. He carries out his ministry in the person of Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life. The priest teaches the way of life that gives priority to the poor and vulnerable – and none are more vulnerable than the unborn. The priest is called to mobilize and lead the faithful to work to build the Culture of Life. In the sacrament of Penance, the priest heals the wounds of the culture of death.
“Priests need our prayers and encouragement each day. Now you can assure them that they have yours, so they can be strong and faithful.”
The following are some suggested spiritual bouquets that can be offered to our priests:
• A specific number of rosaries, chaplets, holy hours, or Masses;
• A specific number of days of fasting or abstaining from some particular food or activity;
• An offering of the sufferings or sacrifices you make in your daily life or work, for a particular week or month or other period of time;
• An offering of the merits of a particular type of charitable or apostolic work that you perform.
In addition, the program is also inviting the faithful to share stories about a priest who has made a difference in their life.
To become involved in the program, visit www.YearofPriests.org
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