Want More Holy Priests? Dissatisfied with the Fidelity of Your Pastor? A Suggestion for You. December 5, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, Restoration, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
I was told this past weekend about an apostolate that has quietly sprung up at a few traditional parishes around the country. It is a most remarkable apostolate, I feel, and something I think should be strongly considered by all who have great concern over the state of the Church today.
We often ask ourselves, as lay faithful, what we can do to help arrest, let alone reverse, the crisis that has afflicted the Church these past several decades. Many of us have had experience with priests who promote error and who seem wholly gone over to the revolutionary changes that have bowdlerized our glorious Holy Mother the Church.
Being the laity whose feelings – being politically unpopular at this time – apparently matter very little to even local priests/pastors, let alone bishops and the rest of the hierarchy, we haven’t much power besides prayer and penance. I most certainly encourage all laity to make use of their power of the purse very wisely to try to support those small areas of the Church that are not morally and/or doctrinally compromised, but after years of making such encouragements, and even feverish arguments, I realize that there aren’t very many who are willing to turn off the monetary tap to the local parish to which they belong, no matter how heretical or abusive Father X or Y may be.
Our best recourse has always been prayer and penance. That’s where this “new” (as in, new to me) apostolate fits in. It’s really simple – get a group of seven women, or groups of women in multiples of seven – and have each individual commit to devoting one holy hour a week for the purpose of encouraging the sanctity/doctrinal rectitude of their priests but especially their pastors. I suppose it could apply to men, as well, but this seems an apostolate uniquely suited to the particular gifts and virtues of women. As I said, this has been ongoing in at least a few locales.
Where or how you do the holy hour is entirely up to do. The apostolate operates on the honor system. This prayer effort can be focused on a particular pastor/priest or for pastors and priests generally, but in general the intention is to pray for those priests assigned to one’s own parish.
This is not meant to be a large, structured effort that has centralized leadership. It’s up to women (or men) at individual parishes to identify likely participants, divvy up days, and just get started with the prayers and holy hours. If you can’t find 7 people, a few individuals could certainly commit to making a holy hour one day a week to the same end. Of course, should someone’s schedule permit, they could perform this service more than one day a week. Individuals can certainly contribute, as well, and some of you may already be way ahead of me. One thing I do recommend that is that groups be segregated according to sex, if possible – that is, groups or women or men but not both.
This apostolate is not intended only for those with sketchy priests. Even if you are blessed to be at a parish with good priests and a good pastor, as some of us are, this is a most worthy effort to help them become still more holy and effective shepherds of souls, and to stave off any potential fall into error or moral turpitude. I can think of about 500 reasons to do this, but I’m sure many will be apparent to you so I won’t waste your time with that. If you do have success getting a group started, I would certainly be gratified to know about it.
In fact, those who know me locally are invited to contact me if you are interested in finding a day a week in which to undertake this effort. There are many similar groups out there, but they tend to have a little different focus. This one is very much focused on the sanctity and doctrinal rectitude of those who can have the most impact on our spiritual lives, our priests. I realize many of you probably already pray for priests generally or even for particular priests, but perhaps making a holy hour at least weekly could help take the spiritual warfare to another level.
Thank you for your kind consideration.