I read the news that former priest and liberal critic of the Catholic Church James Kavanaugh died at the age of 81. The story is on mlive.com.
One of my spies told me something that the obituary does not mention: Kavanaugh asked for and received the Apostolic Pardon just before he died.
Never stop praying for priests… priests who are faithful and those who are not, those who are capable and those who are less so, those whom you like, those you don’t.
The devil HATES priests with a malice that humans cannot fathom. With diabolical angelic abilities they do what they can to drag priests – upon whom so much rests – down and then farthest down of all.
Pray for priests.
I once had an experience that underscores this plea.
I used to commute by train into Rome from Velletri everyday at oh-dark-hundred … every…day.
One morning there was a commotion on the platform in one of the little stops on the way.
Someone had thrown himself in front of the train.
There were a couple other priests there, standing around with their hands in their pockets. Therefore, I – who always carry an oil stock – got down on the messy track and anointed the still slightly shuddering body and sent him heavenward with the Apostolic Pardon.
The next day my bishop called me in and asked for my version of what had happened. I told him.
He then told me that the man was an ex-priest, a Salesian.
Simply the luckiest desperate ex-priest ever, perhaps.
Who knows what prayers, what work of angels sent by others, saved that man that morning.
Never stop praying for priests, effective or hapless, faithful or not, near saints or obviously lacking.
Do not stop praying for priests.