Of those daring sinners who, though full of bad habits, take priesthood, an ancient author, Gildas, say, “It is not to the priesthood that they should be admitted, but they should be dragged to the pillory.”
-- St. Alphonsus de Liguori (The Religious State: Together with a Short Treatise on the Vocation to the Priesthood, 1889 )
Supplication to the Compassionate Heart of Mary for the Church
O Queen of Martyrs! Who hast, in every age, overthrown heresies, stretch forth the arm of thy power against the spirit of Satan, now unchained upon earth, and against the men of sin, who have become his agents. Behold the impious war which they do not cease to wage against Jesus Christ, thy Son, His Vicar, His Church, His Priests, and His Children. See, the ruins which they have heaped around us, the waves of blood which they have caused to flow, the countless souls which they have perverted, and cast into hell.
O! Holy Virgin, powerful Help of Christians, we entreat thee, come to our aid. Come quickly with the celestial army, especially the intrepid Archangel Michael. Kindle in all hearts, especially in the hearts of Priests, the sacred fire of most ardent zeal. Place thyself at our head, august Mother of the God of hosts, and lead us to the battle. Sustain us by thy prayers; encourage us by thine eye. Scatter before us these new infernal legions, as the wind scatters the clouds. Powerful Help of Christians, give us victory, give us triumph and peace; obtain for us a holy life and a holy death. Amen.
Who is like to God, quis ut Deus?
Who is like to Jesus, Son of God and of Mary, quis ut Jesus?