Why reparation? Because "this devil in the priestly heart is cast out only by prayer and fasting." Not by prayer alone, but by prayer and mortification. This need not mean extraordinary bodily austerities. But it does mean the patient endurance of whatever trials the Lord may send; or the withdrawal of the pleasures and satisfactions previously had; or the silent endurance of rejection and mistrust; or the quiet bearing up with a painful illness, disability or wasting disease. What form the mortification takes is secondary. What is primary is the will to expiate. And this will should become imperative: "Progressively and always with the restraint that is guided by humble obedience to spiritual direction and to superiors, way down deep we must develop a thirst for reparation; and it will come logically in the supernatural order, as we grow in the love of Jesus."
A Prophet for the Priesthood, A Spiritual Biography of Father Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald. by Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
Prayer for Parish Priests
Almighty and merciful God, who didst bestow upon St. Jean Marie Vianney wonderful pastoral zeal and great fervor for prayer and penance; grant we beseech Thee, that by his example and intercession our parish priests may be able to gain the souls of their brethren for Christ, and with them attain to everlasting glory. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
For Your Own Intention:
Eternal Father, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus for the release of the souls of the most deserted priest in Purgatory. Holy soul obtain for us, the request we so earnestly ask, if it be the Holy Will of God. Amen