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Pray For Our Priests

Perhaps it is because my brother is a priest.  Or maybe because I spent 12 years working as a cook for the priests of my parish, It could be that being involved in ministry has given me the opportunity to work alongside some amazing priests.  Honestly, I am not sure of the reason - but I am sure that I am compelled to pray for our priests.  Our priests sacrifice their lives to bring us closer to Jesus - they need our prayers.  I have heard a priest friend of mine say that he depends on the prayers of the faithful.  Join me today in praying in a special way for our priests.  Pray for the ones you know by name. Beg the Lord to pour out his grace and mercy on them - to give them a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they may complete the mission entrusted to them.  Thank the Lord for the gift of the priesthood and the many holy, humble priests you have met in your life that have enriched your faith. Forgive any priest who may have hurt you and surrender them to the Lord. I partic

"Father, Forgive Them..."

These three words, uttered by the Lord as he hung in agony on the cross, present one of the most challenging aspects of being a Christian. It is difficult for us to forgive - it is not natural and our whole selves bristle at the thought.  When hurts run deep, the idea of forgiveness seems to be an insurmountable obstacle. Our bodies tense up, anxiety and anger rise within us -...they hurt us.....they don't deserve our forgiveness....these are the thoughts that race through our minds. And yet, forgiveness is exactly what Jesus asks us to do. Each time we profess the Our Father, we recite the Lord's conditions for forgiveness:  forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us .  Our very prayer can be the words that pass sentence upon us if we are caught in the chains of unforgiveness. What to do if we deeply desire to follow the Lord, and yet are struggling to forgive those who have hurt us? First, we must realize that forgiveness doesn't imply that