Come celebrate with me!
It was a little over four years when I put my fingers to the keyboard and wrote my first ever Imprisoned in My Bones blog post. And today, this very post that you are reading is post number 1000! Ta-da and woo-hoo!!!! Who would've guessed I had that many thoughts inside my head? (Ahem.) A lot of bloggers might celebrate this type of milestone by holding a give-away of some sort, but I thought, a give-away only benefits one person, the winner. I think that anybody who has been following this blog for any part of these past four years, or has taken the time to read or comment or offer a word of encouragement along the way, deserves some type of gift to show my gratitude.
So I thought that I would celebrate by thanking all of you, my dear readers, with a reward that will hopefully have everlasting benefits-the gift of prayer. I'm sure it's no surprise to you that I am deeply devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. So I have been praying the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the sanctity, well-being and intentions of all of the Imprisoned in My Bones readers. On this Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus I hope that you can feel the benefit of my prayers for you.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in thee!
And could I ask for a present from you, my friends? Would you please offer a prayer today for all of the special priests who have touched your lives in any way, whether large or small, on this the World Day of Prayer for Priests? Perhaps you'd be willing to pray my favorite prayer for priests by Fr. William Doyle,SJ along with me? I am certain that many a priest will be grateful to you for the kind words of prayer offered on his behalf.
O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become victims, to be burnt up for souls, to live without ordinary joys, to be often the objects of distrust, injustice, and persecution.
The words they say every day at the altar, “This is my Body, this is my Blood,” grant them to apply to themselves: “I am no longer myself, I am Jesus, Jesus crucified. I am, like the bread and wine, a substance no longer itself, but by consecration another.”
O my God, I burn with desire for the sanctification of Thy priests. I wish all the priestly hands which touch Thee were hands whose touch is gentle and pleasing to Thee, that all the mouths uttering such sublime words at the altar should never descend to speaking trivialities.
Let priests in all their person stay at the level of their lofty functions, let every man find them simple and great, like the Holy Eucharist, accessible to all yet above the rest of men. O my God, grant them to carry with them from the Mass of today, a thirst for the Mass of tomorrow, and grant them, ladened themselves with gifts, to share these abundantly with their fellow men. Amen.
Behold this Heart, which has so loved men!
|Sacred Heart of Jesus by C. Jentz|