I picked up a paper from Cardinal Hummes, the past prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy. The Congregation for the Clergy is that part of the Roman curia that deals with all matters pertaining to the ordained, to bishops, priests and deacons. Cardinal Hummes wrote, “Adoration, Reparation and Spiritual Motherhood of Priests.” In this statement, he encouraged all women to consider that they have a gift in their femininity that orients them to care about people, to journey alongside others to bring them to growth. He was suggesting that women grow spiritually and pick up the task of praying for priests and to awaken more vocations. Hummes sited several holy, yet normal women from our tradition that had lived this life of intercession for the Church, describing that the mothers from a small village of Lu in northern Italy had awaken 323 religious vocations (152 priest, 171 nuns) from their small town. Can’t we do the same. The women from Lu gathered for a few minutes following Sunday Mass and prayed a simple prayer:
“Oh God, grant that one of my sons may become a priest! I myself want to live as a good Christian and want to guide my children always to do what is right so that I may receive the grace, O God, to be allowed to give you a holy priest! Amen.”
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[i] Hummes, Clᾴudio Cardinal, p19