Please carry me

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.”

7 comments on “Please carry me

  1. […] 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 …read more […]

  2. Jess says:

    Everyday, I pray this prayer to Mary for seminarians –
    Hail Mary, full of grace, all generations call you blessed.
    Hail Mother of God, when asked by the angel to bear the Son of the Most High, filled with faith, you responded, “Let it be done unto me.”
    Holy Mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast at Cana, you prompted your Son to perform his first sign. Be with us as we discern our life’s work and guide us in the way we are called to follow in the footsteps of your Son.
    Holy Mother of the Savior, at the foot of the cross, you mourned the death of your only Son. Bless and embrace the loving parents of all priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.
    Holy Mother of the Good Shepherd, turn your motherly care to this nation. Intercede for us to the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers in this land
    dedicated to your honor.
    Queen of Peace, Mirror of Justice, Health of the Sick, inspire vocations in our time. Let the word of your Son be made flesh anew in the lives of persons anxious to proclaim the good news of everlasting life.

    We need them, they need our prayers. May God bless our seminarians.

  3. cdperez2013 says:

    Dr. Tom, Thank you for posting and I was also moved. My family will be praying.

  4. WoopieCushion says:

    I will gladly pray.

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