"Those who are more fervent and devout are turning their eyes and their minds to the priest with a great deal of hope and expectation. For, at a time when you find flourishing everywhere the power of money, the allure of pleasures of the senses, and too great an esteem for technical achievements, they want to see in him a man who speaks in the name of God, who is animated by a firm faith, and who gives no thought to himself, but burns with intense charity."
-- Pope John XXIII (Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia)
Prayer to Saint John Eudes
O Holy Spirit, Saint John was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After many years of preaching at parish missions, he came to the conclusion that the best way to bring people to Christ was to provide better spiritual formation for the priests, so that they could serve their flocks with humility and charity.
I ask him to pray to Jesus and Mary for all priests and seminarians to be blessed with the continuation of their formation process. Help them grow into greater holiness, faith, and awareness of Your love. Protect them from the attacks of the enemy. Saint John, pray for us. Amen