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To All the Precious Priests Who
Minister to Us
THANK YOU for donating your celibacy and chastity to God to be a
spiritual father to all of us.
YOU for showing us the importance of having a personal daily
relationship with Jesus.
YOU for urging us to strive for holiness in the every day circumstances
of our lives.
YOU for accepting us as we are, but not remaining content to leave us
YOU for providing us the Sacraments and being with us for Baptism, Penance,
first Eucharists, Confirmation (with or instead of the bishop), Marriage or
Holy Orders (for some), and Annointing of the Sick.
YOU especially for making it possible for us to have Holy Masses and the
opportunity to often receive the true presence of Jesus Christ in the
YOU for working hard to provide Catholic parishes and education, leading
us in prayer, and encouraging us to be faithful to all the teachings of
our Catholic faith.
YOU for preaching and showing us your commitment to true peace and
justice grounded in frequent prayer and self-sacrifice.
YOU for giving us confidence that we can and must be pure in thought,
word, and action in order to love God and our neighbor with our whole
heart, soul, mind, and strength.
YOU for your patience in hearing our confessions and advising us on how
to do better.
YOU for teaching us how essential it is to confess any serious sins and
to work on eliminating minor attachments to sin.
YOU for urging us on and helping us overcome negative habits that impede
our relationship with the Blessed Trinity and those around us.
YOU for gently challenging us to give more time and attention to our
family and others around us in order to overcome our selfishness and not
dwell on our own problems.
YOU for encouraging us to give our lives and service to Jesus Christ
every day so we can become more like Him in every way.
YOU for teaching us about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her powerful
intercession through the Rosary and the many feasts we celebrate in
honor of her.
YOU for sharing stories of the saints who inspire us and show us ways to
YOU for your humility
in teaching us that our merit in eternity will not depend on the
greatness of our mission or the success of what God accomplishes through
us, but instead on the work we do in our soul, the control of our ego,
our growth in the virtues, our self-sacrifice, and the love that we give
to other souls.
YOU for the tireless donation of your life to serve us as a priest
in persona Christi.
MAY GOD REWARD YOU WITH GREAT
HOPE, AND JOY – NOW AND IN ETERNITY!
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