St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil.

My dear Jesus, by Thy most loving Heart, I implore Thee to inflame with zeal for Thy love and glory all the priests of the world, all missionaries, and those whose office it is to preach Thy word. Inflamed with this zeal, may they snatch souls from the devil and lead them into the shelter of Thy Heart, where they may glorify Thee forever.

Amen.

(This prayer was received by Sr Josefa Menendez from Our Lord, who said to her: “Repeat these words every day”).

On entering the convent, Therese was asked to state the reasons she chose the life of Carmel. Her answer was couched in simple though meaningful words: 

“I have come to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” 

Therese, needed no one to tell her of the dignity and the responsibility of the priesthood. The Holy Ghost had secretly instructed her in this important lesson. She saw that by praying for one priest, she could benefit thousands of souls to whom that priest would minister. She had learned on her trip to Rome that priests were human and subject to temptations as are other mortals. She perceived that Satan is especially anxious to bring about the ruin of a priest because the priest never falls alone, but drags thousands of other souls with him to perdition. It was equally evident to her that the good priest was a source of special joy to the Sacred Heart of Christ. By praying for priests, she would be multiplying the number of souls that she might offer to the Thirst of Christ. She had something real, something definite, something noble, something far-reaching and far-embracing for which to pray and suffer.

Saint Therese of Lisieux Daily Prayer for Priests.

O Almighty Eternal God, Look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him, Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray to Thee, for Thy faithful and fervent priests, for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests, for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields, for Thy tempted priests, for Thy lonely and desolate priests, for Thy young priests, for Thy aged priests, for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests, for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly [name a particular priest of your choosing here]. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Source:

(The Life Of The Little Flower By Rev. Albert M. Hutting, Imprimatur: Most Reverend Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit July 8, 1941).

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