We did the Storm Novena today in the Hour of Divine Mercy, and I spent an hour in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. There is a prayer for priests I'd like to share with you.
Keep them. I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine-
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pressures tempt, allure,-
Shelter them in Thy Heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord to bless.
Our Father... Hail Mary...
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them.
Please keep my husband's mother, Vera, in your prayers, as she is nearing the end of her journey through life. She is in the final stages of Emphysema. Please pray for her to receive the grace of final perseverance.