A few weekends ago, my wife and daughter were away. So, I called an old friend, the priest that presided at our wedding. He was reassigned from our parish for over three years now and I had only sporadically kept in touch with him. My wife and I had a great relationship with him. We had him over our house for a football game and had visited him at the rectory to watch a baseball game. He would always be sure to seek us out before mass to say hello and see how things were going with us. I decided to call him to see if he’d like to get together. I told him my wife was away and I was living the bachelor life for a couple of days. I asked him if he would like to go out for dinner or a drink. He was happy that I called and coincidentally he was on vacation that
week. We met up at a restaurant near where he was staying; a place he is a regular at when he’s on vacation. We had a great time catching up and talking about life, family, and faith. Fr. is very down to earth and easy to talk to. I consider him a friend as well as a spiritual leader. He then said something that struck me. He said he was glad that I called because he was just sitting around and he was kind of lonely. He admitted that he isn’t one to pick up the phone and call someone, something that I can relate to, I can be this way too. We had a great night and I told him he would hear from my wife and me more often and we would be visiting more often as well. My point is, besides their families, priests need friends too. Don’t just assume that they are too busy. Give them a call, take them out, invite them to dinner. They need your friendship. These men are very important to our spiritual lives, let’s show them how much they mean to us.
A prayer for priests by Pope John-Paul II
Source: John Paul II, conclusion of the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores dabo vobis” on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day, March 25, 1992.
Mother of Jesus Christ
and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of, your Son and of your sons,
O holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
O Mother of the Savior.
O Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory
the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit
for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth,
in their life ministry accompany your sons,
O Mother of Priests.