- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (July 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1622822110
- ISBN-13: 978-1622822119
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Praying for priests is not an option; it is a holy duty and divine mandate. Kathleen Beckman strikes at the hearts of women to let loose a stream of spiritual maternity that flows into the hearts, souls, and ministries of our priests.
Johnnette Benkovic, Host of EWTNs Women of Grace
Praying for Priests is filled with insight, encouragement, and inspiration to lead both priests and laity to a more profound love of God s priceless gift of the priesthood.
Fr. Peter John Cameron O.P., Editor of Magnificat
A masterful work of spiritual simplicity and richness. I recommend making this book a part of your day, every day.
Most Reverend David D. Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck, North Dakota
Kathleen presents practical ways to be a prayerful supporter of those in Sacred Orders who are in need of the intercession of others to successfully maneuver through the battlefield of the world.
Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia O.P, Titular Archbishop of Oregon City
An eloquent reflection on the reality of the prayerful support needed by priests and bishops.
Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, California
Praying for Priests reminds everyone that one of the most essential works of the laity to support clergy is to pray for priests.
Msgr. Richard Soseman, Official of the Congregation for the Clergy
Kathleen encourages and equips all the faithful to take up the power of prayer and spiritual fellowship, and in a special way calls upon women to embrace more deeply Jesuss invitation to become spiritual mothers for His priests.
Msgr. John R. Cihak S.T.D., Official at the Holy See
Kathleen shows us a way to make the blessings of the priesthood outshine and overpower a myriad of new challenges confronting priests today. As a priest, I am both grateful and indebted to her for the rich graces that will come through this work of prayer.
Fr. Robert Spitzer S.J., Ph.D., President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith
This books focus on praying for the interior renewal of priests points to the hidden fountain which is meant to strengthen the hearts of priests as they live their vocation in these challenging times.
Fr. Richard J. Gabuzda, Executive Director, The Institute for Priestly Formation
Through the lens of the teachings of the Church, this book demonstrates the importance of sacramental priesthood and priestly ministry. I pray it touches many hearts!
Fr. Abbot Eugene Hayes, O. Praem., J.C.D., St. Michaels Norbertine Abbey (Silverado, California)
Pastors and all priests should find this book a useful tool to encourage young men to take up the most important vocation in the Church.
Fr. Romano Cessario, O.P., Professor, Saint Johns Seminary (Brighton, MA)
I am thrilled that there is now a book like this for people to use as they continue to pray for my brother priests and me. It is essential ammunition for the weapon of prayer.
Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer
This inspiring book is a compelling reminder to all Catholic of their sacred responsibility to pray unceasingly for our beloved priests.
Mother Judith Zuniga, O.C.D., Superior General, Carmelite Sisters of the most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
Would that all Catholics boldly join the Blessed Virgin in lifting up, fortifying, and protecting her beloved priest-sons.
Barbara McGuigan, Host of EWTNs Open Line and The Good Fight
About the Author
Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., serves as Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests. She is an author, radio host and retreat director who frequently speaks to priests, seminarians, religious and laity in the United States and abroad, emphasizing Eucharistic spirituality, healing and deliverance, and the New Evangelization. Kathleen hosts the weekly program Living Eucharist, which airs internationally on Radio Maria, and has been a frequent guest on EWTN TV and Radio programs. Since 1991, Kathleen has served in leadership for Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women, an international apostolate. Since 2002, she has worked with priests in the ministry of healing and deliverance, and in 2013, she became a faculty member and spiritual director at the Pope Leo XIII Institute. Also a certified medical assistant and business owner, Kathleen and her husband have two sons and live in Orange, California. Learn more at kathleenbeckman.com.
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The author offers in the Appendices a Reflection On Sanctification based on the Anima Christi prayer; a Scriptural Examination of Conscience for Priests and Laity; Seven Holy Hours for Priestly Virtue; a Litany for Receiving and Giving Forgiveness; Spiritual Exercise on Surrender; and, For Priests and Bishops to do: A Litany of Reparation for Offenses Against the Laity (yes, no one is getting a pass here)! There is a Litany for Offenses Against the Priesthood; a Reflection on Marian Consecration; For Priests Who Have Died; Self-Offering and Suffering for Priests; a section of Testimonies from Today’s Priests; a section explaining the Foundation For Priests; the Holy Rosary: A School of Prayer which includes a scriptural rosary for priests with reflections for all 20 mysteries and more. . .
Highlighted is the role of Spiritual Maternity for priests. But if you’ll check out the web site given in the book, www.foundationforpriests.org, this is much bigger and one that is inviting men as well to Spiritual Paternity for priests in this worldwide movement. On this site you can subscribe and receive suggestions how to support the clergy by establishing Vianney Cenacles of two or more in your home or parish. . . or simply by praying and sacrificing daily, privately. Praying For Priests: A Mission For the New Evangelization, addresses this mission as coming from the request of the Congregation for the clergy. The chief way is to pray the Rosary daily and Eucharistic Adoration for the sanctification of priests. There are things like Seven Holy Communions for Priests offered on seven consecutive days or on seven Sundays.
The focus is the obligation that each of us has as intercessor for the Church and for souls. This is something everyone can do no matter your state in life or condition of health. Let us join together and build up the Church we love and let us thank God for anointing the priest whose hands bring healing and life to souls.
"Why do priests need special graces from God? They need special graces because they have extraordinary responsibilities before God. They are to be more than ordinarily holy, more generous, more zealous, more patient. In a word, those who are responsible for Christ's presence on earth they are to be, of all people, most Christ-like. They are to be patterns of what Christ wants all of us to be. Count all of the grave crises in the Church over the centuries. Every single one of them, somehow at heart, was due to the fact that priests had failed the people of God."
"As long as I live, I will never forget the retreat of the late Fr. Daniel Lord gave us scholastics before our ordination. He recalled the episode of a conversation that Pope Pius had with Fr. Edmond Walsh, then of Georgetown who had just returned from a mission in Russia, where millions were starving because of the treachery of their Communist overlords. After the famine had abated, Fr. Lord was told to meet with the Holy Father. Late into the night Pope and Jesuit were in conversation over the conditions of the Church in that day. And the Pope asked Fr. Walsh who do you think are the greatest trials to the Church? Are they the persecutors, the Neros and Attilas, the Communists? The Pope answered his own question. No, they are unfaithful priests. It is no overstretch of language to say as the priesthood goes, so goes the Church."
"We go on. In our day, more than I believe in any other day before, there are pressures on all those who wish to remain faithful to Christ such as were not experienced ever before. But the pressures are experienced by priests with a violence and a virulence such as no one else but a priest can understand. One saint after another has declared that the devil's principal target on earth is the Catholic priest. Stands to demonic reason - if the devil can deceive and delude a Catholic priest and draw him away from Christ, what happens? What happens is what we see happening in our world today. Priests are subject to extraordinary temptations from the devil, first and mainly, but also from the world."
A little commentary on the above line, "as the priesthood goes, so goes the Church," I have seen as a "Lesson of Priestly Sanctity." It's listed here as anonymous, but I have heard it also attributed to Saint John Vianney, the patron saint of priests:
If the priest is a saint, his people will be holy.
If the priest is holy, his people will be good.
If the priest is good, his people will be fair.
If the priest is fair, his people will be mediocre.
If the priest is mediocre, his people will be Godless.
Hopefully this book will help people to understand the need and further inspire them to follow through and to pray for their priests.