8/12: Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception – Pray For Priests Today… 

Ave Maria, Gratia plena
Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Dominus tecum
The Lord is with thee

Benedicta tu 

Blessed art thou

in mulieribus
among women

Et benedictus fructus ventris
 tuae, Jesus
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb – Jesus

Sancta Maria
Holy Mary

Mater Dei
Mother of God,

Ora pro nobis, peccatoribus
Pray for us, sinners,


Nunc et in hora mortis
now and at the hour of our death

Amen.

Comment: 

Firstly, on this beautiful Feast, Catholic Truth wishes all readers, bloggers and visitors to this site every happiness and grace. For the sake of those visitors who may not be Catholics and unsure of the meaning of this Feast, you can read an explanation here

I suggest that we pray especially for priests today.  Our Lady has a particular love for priests – they are, after all, “other Christs” in the world.  Much as it pains me to say so, however, we are hearing of all sorts of terrible scandals involving the ordained, almost on a daily basis. The Devil has clearly targeted the priesthood at this time of terrible trial in the Church.  Given the exalted place of the priest in God’s plan of salvation, this should not surprise us:  “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. 

As always with devotional threads, share your thoughts about any relevant issues, as well as your favourite prayers, hymns, etc.   

A very happy Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception to one and all…  

Should Catholics Join Prayer Groups?

A reader recently emailed the following message …

“Prayer groups to me suggest emotionalism, swaying, chanting, charismatic-type activities and I want none of it – but I am struggling to explain why I Padre Pioam instinctively against them.  I am not aware of any Church Teaching in this area, apart from Group Prayer in the form of the Mass, being the most powerful of prayers. Could you bear this in mind as a possible topic for some time in the future?  “The dangers of emotionalism, fired up in prayer groups”. 

I have to admit that I’m with our reader on this – prayer groups do not appeal to me, at all.  It always surprises me that Padre Pio was apparently staunch advocate of such groups.  Click  here to read more on the topic of Padre Pio prayer groups. Then share your thoughts.