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Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.

Keep them, for they are Thine

The priests whose lives burn out before

Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them, for they are in the world,

Though from the world apart.

When earthly pleasures 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  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.

Author: John J Cardinal Carberry
Picture: http://www.thepriests.com/images

P ray a novena that ends with a celebration on the anniversary of his ordination.

R emember him on Father’s day with a plant, candle, prayer card or homemade picture.

I nclude him in family celebrations as a special member of your family.

E ncourage him by praising his sermons and often thanking him for being your shepherd.

S peak only of the good in him, for this is Christ present.

T ake him homemade, healthy, individually frozen meals.

H umbly offer assistance in the ways you are gifted with no expectations.

O rganize a party for him on Priest day, August 4, feast of St. John Vianney, patron of priests.

O ffer St. Michael & Vocation prayers, masses and rosaries to strengthen him in his vocation.

D onate a clerical shirt to him with your family name and blessings on the back of the white collar.

Source: http://www.catholicspot.com/priests.htm
Picture: http://www.allfunnypictures.com/pages/funeral.htm


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