Over the last few months people have asked me if I know Fr John Corapi, and what my thoughts on his whole situation is. I do not know Fr Corapi - though we both work for EWTN, our paths never crossed when I was over recording, and I presume when we are next over in Alabama we will not bump into him now. I have not blogged on the situation, nor do I intend to say anything because I do not know the full facts, though it seems from the statement issued by his superior things are not good.
What I am going to say, though, is that we need to pray for him and for all priests. As a priest I know too well that I am a weak human being entrusted with great privileges and graces and like any priest, I could be a sitting duck for any fall. We need grace, and perhaps we need it more than lay people because if the devil wants to attack the flock he will go first for the shepherds. I was told when in seminary that the devil walked the corridors, and it is true - the roaring lion is wandering around looking for someone to devour. That helps me understand, for example, why things were so bad in seminary. Those priests who were not as faithful to the Church as they should have been, needed a lot of prayer because they were appointed to form the clergy of the future so they were definitely in the firing line.
Many good people pray for priests, and I hope they continue to do so. If you, dear reader, do not pray for priests, please start now and remember us every day. Of late I have started to pray more intensely for priests, and I would like to share with you what I do so if you are not praying already for priests, you might join me. I call it my "Daily Mite" for my brother priests, and I offer it twice a day, once after Morning Prayer and after Evening Prayer, that way I won't forget it. Its very simple: an Our Father, three Hail Marys and the Glory Be, like this:
For priests in trouble and in need....Our Father
For deceased priests, especially those who have no one to pray for them...Hail Mary
For our bishops, that they may be faithful...Hail Mary
For priestly vocations and the protection of our seminarians...Hail Mary
In thanksgiving for the priesthood, and in honour of the holy priests in heaven...Glory be
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for themSt Jean-Marie Vianney, Patron of All Priests, pray for them