Fr. John Blum, pastor of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, St. Pete Beach, FL. Fr. Joseph Eddy O.de.M, Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, Fr. Daniel Bowen O.de. M
“The Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.” – St. Jean Vianney, the Curé of Ars
I could not agree more with St. Jean Vianney! How many of us have known and been ministered to by good, holy priests throughout the years? These priests have baptized us, given us our first holy communion, married us, counseled us, encouraged us, and continue to hear our confessions.
Now it is our time to encourage them and let them know they are loved and appreciated!
I am not ignoring the recent reports coming from the grand jury in Pennsylvania, but most are allegations. People tend to forget this. However, we all know the abuse of one child is never acceptable, especially by our shepherds. As Catholic Christians, we are heartbroken. We need healing. Our Church needs purifying, repentance and forgiveness from the victims. I urge fellow Catholics, not to let this be an excuse to refrain from coming to mass and receiving Jesus, the source of all healing. The laity are all parts of His Body, the Church. We are all needed to bring our gifts to the altar, and to build up the Church especially now. St. Paul tells us, “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love.” 1 Corinth. 16:13
In this post, I seek to offer love and encouragement to so many thousands of priests across this country who have sacrificed much, and continue to offer the beautiful sacraments of the Church daily, striving to be the face and hands and heart of Jesus here on earth. I myself have been so blessed by so many faithful priests. I would not be in ministry without them guiding me. I will continue to “stand firm in the faith” beside you.
Before the priest scandal in 2002, I was given a song by our Lord, “You are a Priest Forever.” I remember Fr. Andrew Apostoli C.F.R., ( God rest his soul) told me, “Annie, I believe that song is anointed.” He later told me to use this song to encourage faithful priests in their vocations after the scandal of 2002. Once again, I sing and share this song as a prayer to these good priests everywhere. Please know that there are many laity who love you, support you, pray for you daily.
“You are a Priest Forever”