Introducing a Manual for Helping Priests—Through Our Prayers
History has taught us the power of intercessory prayer, and nobody is in more need of our prayers than Catholic priests battling on the front lines for the salvation of souls. Priests are called to fight evil, but they cannot fight it alone. As attacks on the priesthood intensify, you have a vital role to play in supporting priestly renewal and vocations. Those men who have answered God’s calling depend upon you to wield the most powerful weapon against the evil one — prayer.
Here celebrated retreat director and author Kathleen Beckman offers Church-approved ways in which you can contribute to the welfare of the Church. Priests, seminarians, consecrated religious, and laypeople will all benefit from insights into the indispensability of the Catholic priesthood, the mission of praying for priests in the context of the New Evangelization, testimonies of spiritual mothers and priests, and Scriptural rosaries dedicated to priests, vocations, and reparation.
Learn more about Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization and its connection with the Foundation of Prayer for Priests by listening to a recent edition of Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor:
Priests: Worthy of Our Prayers
"I am among you as one who serves" (Luke 22:27). Understanding the Catholic priesthood—its function, its necessity, its relationship with Jesus Christ—is an essential part of knowing our Catholic Faith. How well do we understand the meaning of the call to minister as Jesus did?
Mary: Model of Spiritual Motherhood
Utter humility. Joyful contemplation. Complete trust in divine providence. These are just a few of Mary's spiritual traits. But do you see Mary as your spiritual mother? Discover this beautiful aspect of her spirituality and how you can imitate her in living out the vocation of spiritual motherhood.
The New Evangelization
Pope Francis inspires the Church as he leads her in advancing the New Evangelization, especially through his recent apostolic exhortation Evangellii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). But what is the New Evangelization? And what does prayer have to do with it? Find out here.
The Power of Intercessory Prayer
Intercessory prayer can strengthen the hearts of priests—and change the world: "Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God's mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ's, as an expression of the communion of saints." - Catechism of the Catholic Church
Spending Time with the Eternal High Priest
"Adore and visit Jesus, abandoned and forsaken by men in His Sacrament of Love. Man has time for everything except for visits to His Lord and God, Who is waiting and longing for us in the Blessed Sacrament. The streets and places of entertainment are filled with people; the House of God is deserted. Ah! Poor Jesus..." - St . Peter Julian Eymard
Spiritual Warfare and Prayer
Drawing from the strength we have in Jesus Christ, we need not be afraid of understanding and, through our prayers, participating in the most important spiritual battle of all: "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).