This morning I woke up and found slipped under our dorm room door a small note. It said,
Please pray for me. Thank you. – A Seminarian.
I was deeply moved, as I am certain you are, to hear this cry for my family’s prayer; for aid. I at once prayed, and what came into my mind was the image of the paralytic being carried by his friends into the house where Jesus was.
I adjure you, as I do myself, to pray for those men who are discerning the call to give their lives wholly to Christ for us as priests; and for those men who have already done so. Without their self-gift we have no one to bring down to us the Bread of Life, and without our prayer they have no one to carry them up to the altar of God. Any and all of the saved up energy you would use for criticism, spend on prayer.
Pray for seminarians.
Pray for priests.
Pray for bishops.
For for that seminarian.
And pray after the manner of St. John Vianney, who said, “Before God we are all beggars who must beg for everything.”