(c)Mary TV 2011
Fr.Cardoni blessing in Medjugorje
May 10, 2012
Dear Family of Mary!
"My children, you cannot be without the shepherds. May they be in your prayers every day. Thank you." (May 2, 2012)
More beautiful testimonies of the power and mercy of God that flows through our priests! Dee Dee writes:
Your testimony on priests really hit a cord. My Ukrainian mother had a horrible life - as a young girl she was in Germany during the war, lost her relatives as she personally witnessed their brutal murder, got raped multiple times by the soldiers, forced into slave labor and on and on. She was beaten down her whole life although she managed to give birth to us five girls. She had one bad experience with a priest just before I was born - 60 years ago - and never went back to church until she came to live with me and my husband during her final years. I tried so many times to get her to go to confession and she never would. It broke my heart.
Well one day I had to rush her to the hospital for what I thought was pneumonia (it turned out to be lung cancer) and they gave her six months to live. So I asked my priest Father George to come to the hospital to anoint her. When he walked out of her room I looked at him and he said he heard her confession also. I was stunned. I walked into mom's room and she laid there looking more peaceful and pain free than I had seen her in weeks. I asked if she was ok and I'll never forget her comment to me nor the way she said these words with such conviction: "I'm all filled up". And then she went to sleep. I stood there in shock, crying tears of joy. What took Father only a few minutes took me years of prayers. I couldn't be more grateful to our priests in times of great need. Mom died 3 months later with her girls surrounding her in a great send-off of love to Heaven. Thanks - God Bless. Dee Dee
And from May Lou:
Dearest Cathy...I also have an experience of a dear Priest who brought Jesus to me on the day that I passed through a crisis which was taking my physical life. Following gallbladder surgery I was given a procedure to clean out my biliary ducts. Unknown to anyone...there was an accidental puncture of my pancreas. The pain was extreme and immediate. I was in the hospital for two weeks fighting for my life. I developed pancreatitis...and a large abdominal cyst which burst and resulted in peritonitis of my abdomen. The doctors tell me I should not have survived the event. Anyway...while hospitalized I could not receive Holy Communion because of my illness...and inability to keep foods down. On the day I passed through the crisis of life and death the visiting Priest decided to give me Holy Communion in spite of my condition and prayed with me. As I drifted in and out of a morphine haze...peace fell upon me. If that HOLY PRIEST had not made that decision...I doubt I would have lived. From that time of reception of the Sacrament I progressed back to full health. God bless our shepherds...we truly cannot be without them. Sincerely...Mary Lou/Minnesota
Thank you, Dee Dee and Mary Lou, for sharing these beautiful testimonies to the power of the priesthood. Our Lady knows that we could not survive without our priests. She asks us to pray. Sinead from Ireland sent us this little prayer for priests. Let's never forget to pray for them!
A Prayer For Priests
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
keep them for they are Thine-
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
though from the world apart.
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure,
shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hours
of loneliness and pain,
when all their life of sacrifice
for souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and O remember, Lord,
they have no one but Thee,
yet they have only human hearts,
with human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
that daily they caress
their every thought and word and deed
deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
Hail Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2012