Dear Jesus, how can we ever thank you for our priests? They have given up everything for us, forsaking the world to nourish our souls with the Eucharist and to heal our wounds through Confession. All that we can give them are our prayers. Here is a prayer for our beloved priests by Late John Joseph Cardinal Carberry.
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 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 Oh, 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.