From a priest in a European country writes…
First thanks for your blog. It`s one of the things that kept me sane during my seminary years. [Thanks for that!] I`m a newly ordained priest from ___. A few moments ago I returned from a late evening walk on the streets of the parish where I work (in my cassock!). I prayed for people and blessed streets few times and it came to me as something very powerful: I`m responsible for the salvation of those people, they are mine and I should be the first one to go around and help them in the battle – even in a very “secret” way. I will use exorcised and blessed salt next time. Which prayers do you recommend for a “pastoral” walk like that (fortunately I was on my own, so no “synhodos” this time!)?
I did Sancte Michael Archangele and Magnificat few times, but I`m sure you have some powerful ideas! It`s dark – so something which I can memorize easily would be appreciated.
Si vis pacem para bellum!
That’s a good question. Secret?
You might memorize the prayers for the blessings of houses, cars, various objects you might see often.
You might buy small medals and bless them and leave them in different places.
Be careful sprinkling salt around. “Hello, Police? There’s a guy in a robe out here sprinkling some kind of ‘white powder’….”
It may be that some readers have other serious ideas.
The war must now also move to the supernatural front. Priests are both the officers leading the troops and they are the scouts and resistance fighters behind the lines.
Be The Maquis.