The Devil and the fallen cohort of Hell hate everyone. They hate and fear priests with a particular viciousness.
Something must be up in the ongoing invisible battle on the spiritual place. In the last couple weeks, I have noted an uptick in hate-mail and mail which conceals more subtle forms of spiritual and psychological attacks. At the same time, however, I also have received email from lay people asking about how they can be of greater help to priests, to support them in their ministry.
Red flags are waving. Perhaps we should move to SpiritDefCon2.
So. What can people do to help priests? Here are a few quick and easy things.
- First and foremost, pray and fast for them.
- Volunteer to help in the parish.
- Say “thank you” occasionally. It isn’t expected, but it helps.
On another track, two organizations need your support.
The first, I have mentioned before: Opus Bono Sacerdotii
They assist priests who are in trouble in different ways. They need donations to do their work. I have had contact with someone who benefited from their help.
I haven’t mentioned them before, but I was recently sent back issues of their newsletter, which I have been perusing. Justice for Priests and Deacons gives canonical help in situations when clerics have been unjustly treated after an unfounded allegation or whose rights or due process has been denied. Priests would do well to take a look at the resources at that site. I am sure they need money, too.
I suggest that you all take a few minutes to scan the sites of both these organizations.
Remember that you are of the Church Militant. You need your officers, who are slogging along side you and yours.