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Vocations to the Priesthood

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THE PRIESTHOOD IS A MASTERPIECE OF CHRIST'S DIVINE LOVE, WISDOM AND POWER

Never Attack a Priest

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Thou Art a Priest Forever

To live in the midst of the world,
Without wishing its pleasures;
To be a member of each family,
Yet belonging to none;
To share all sufferings;
To penetrate all secrets;
To heal all wounds;
To go from men to God
And offer Him their Prayers;
To return from God to men
To bring pardon and hope;
To have a heart of fire for charity
And a heart of bronze for chastity;
Tot each and to pardon,
Console and bless always--
What a glorious life!
And it is yours,
O Priest of Jesus Christ!

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Short Prayers for Priests

  1. O Jesus, Savior of the world, sanctify your priests and seminarians.
  2. Lord Our God, in order to govern your people you willed to unite yourself to the ministry of priests. Grant them the grace of accepting your holy will so that, in their ministry and in their life, they may seek only your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
  3. O God, give us holy priests to celebrate the Sacrifice of Salvation, to give sinners the consolation of pardon and thirsting souls the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Amen.
  4. Lord, grant us many and holy priests. Amen.
  5. Grant us holy priests to console those who suffer, to remind all that we are brothers, to bless our homes, our work, our fields so that your kingdom may extend to all souls. Amen.
  6. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant your Church many and holy priests. Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.
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Prayer for the Holy Church and for Priests

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 he 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. Amen.

(Congregation of Marians)

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Prayer for Vocations

Most High Glorious God from whom all good comes.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, call more workers into your harvest to follow in the footprints of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, after the example of St. Francis of Assisi according to the Capuchin way of life. Give them the strength to be generous with the fit of themselves. May they see chastity as love, poverty as freedom and obedience as victory, with an apostle's heart to serve you and your people all the days of their life. Amen

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Prayer to Mary for Vocations

Hail Mary, full of grace; all generations call you blessed.
Hail Mother of God; when asked by the angel
to bear the Son of the Most High, filled with faith,
you responded: “Let it be done unto me according to your word.

Holy Mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast at Cana,
you prompted your Son to perform His first sign.
Be with us as we discern our life’s work and guide us
in the way we are called to follow in the footsteps of your Son.

Holy Mother of the Savior, at the foot of the cross you mourned
the death of your Son. Bless and embrace the loving parents
of all priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.

Holy Mother of the Good Shepherd, turn your motherly care
to our diocese. Intercede for us to the Lord of the harvest
to send more laborers to the harvest.

Queen of Peace, Mirror of Justice, Health of the Sick,
inspire vocations in our time. Let the word of your Son
be made flesh anew in the lives of persons anxious
to proclaim the Good News of everlasting life.

Draw them near to the heart of your Son
so that they can understand the beauty and the joy
that awaits them when the Lord Jesus calls them
to be His witnesses. Amen.

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The Priesthood - A Most Precious Gift

The priest...is something transcendent: through baptism he brings souls to birth, through the sacrament of penance he purifies them, through communion he gives them our Lord's body as He himself did at the last supper, and at their deaths he helps them to appear before the Beloved by giving them...their final forgiveness and their supreme strength...Every single day of his life, he does what Jesus did during his three years of ministry - he teaches men to know, love and serve their good Master. What a vocation!

Charles de Foucauld: from a letter to a young friend preparing for ordination, 1897.

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Qualities of a Candidate for the Priesthood

  1. A strong Catholic faith
  2. A great love for the Catholic church
  3. Generosity
  4. A desire to help other people
  5. Willingness to develop strong relationship with Christ through prayer and adoration of the Holy Eucharist
  6. Willingness to develop strong devotion to the Blessed Mother
  7. A capacity and desire to learn
  8. Courage to take risks and defend the faith
  9. A respect for other people
  10. Openness to other cultures and ethnic groups
  11. Ability to work collaboratively
  12. Good social skills
  13. The ability to enjoy one's own company and a variety of friendships
  14. The courage to take risks
  15. A healthy self-image
  16. The ability to state an opinion that might differ from that of others

Four Steps to Discernment

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  1. Pray to God for direction and especially spend time in a quiet place because you will need to listen to Him.
  2. Talk with people you trust like your priest, parents, siblings, etc. about your gifts and qualities to be a priest.
  3. Listen to your feelings: What brings you peace and joy?
  4. Above all, listen to and trust in who you are; your gut feelings and know that God loves you and wants the best for you.
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Humble Priests Who Became Great Saints

St. Max. Kolbe
St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco
St. Charles Borromeo
St. Charles Borromeo
St. John Vianney
St. John Mary Vianney
Padre Pio
Padre Pio
St. Pius X
St. Pius X


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  3. Life on the Rock
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