Friday, September 18, 2009

Supporting Our Spiritual Sons, the Priests

Jesus and the Women

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many other who provided for them out of their resources. - Luke 8:1-3

Today's Gospel is one that every spiritual mother should take to heart. The women mentioned in above passage, as our priest told us in his homily, were not looking to become rabbis. Instead, they were conscious of the fact that Jesus had given up his work as a carpenter and that the apostles had given up their work as fishermen, to follow God's calling. These women therefore, as the Gospel tells us "provided for them out of their resources."

There are a few ways we can support our priests, especially the one we have spiritually adopted.

- The most important way is through prayer. Remember praying daily for our priest's intentions is so very vital. One suggestion is to pray the way the it has been recommended to us during the Year for Priests: 5 Our Fathers, 5 Hail Marys and 5 Glory Be's for them to live a holy life and carry out in a holy manner the offices entrusted to them.

- Financially is another way if one can afford to do so or if one wants to make a special sacrifice. This is particularly important if you are spiritually adopting a retired priest, an elderly priest or a seminarian.

- Preparing and providing meals. A couple of spiritual mothers in the Prayers for Priests e-group suggested that since they do not have a cook on the weekends, providing a weekend meal for them would be a good thing to do, especially during the Year for Priests.

If you have other suggestions on how we could support our spiritual sons, please leave a comment.