Each month Pope Francis invites the people of the world to join him in praying for a particular intention presenting a brief video to extend his invitation.
This month, July, he wants us to pray for priests.
I often ask people to pray for me, and I ask people to take my request very seriously.
The pope in his July video specifically refers to the virtues and defects of priests. At times every person experiences virtue. But the danger is that we fall under the weight of our defects and we struggle to get up. It is the support and prayer of friends and parishioners that inspires priests to continue in ministry. As the pope mentions, priests cannot remain inactive after a disappointment.
So please pray for your priests, and pray for me.
The pope’s July intention:
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.