JULY 2018: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

The tiredness of priests… Do you know how often I think about it?[1]

Priests, with their virtues and defects, work in many different areas.

Working on so many active fronts, they cannot remain inactive after a disappointment.[2]

At such times, it’s good for them to remember that the people love their priests, need them, and trust in them.[3]

Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.[4]

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[1] Holy Chrism Mass. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis. Vatican Basilica. Holy Thursday, 2 April 2015

[2] Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis. Jubilee of Mercy for Priests. Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. St Peter’s Square, 3 June 2016.

[3] Homily of Pope Francis. Priestly ordinations. Vatican Basilica, 21 April 2013.

[4] Monthly intention of the Holy Father for July 2018 entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.