“The sins of the clergy should not lessen your reverence for them.”
Saint Catherine of Siena, (Dialogue 116)
Prayer for the Church and Priests (St. Catherine of Siena)
My Lord, do not look upon my sins, but hear Thy servant through the clemency of Thine inestimable charity. When Thou left us Thou didst not leave us orphans, but Thou left us Thy vicar and Thy ministers who give us the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and not only once, but always, through Thy holy power they wash our souls from sin.
O eternal Piety, may Thy vicar and all ministers be hungry for souls, may they burn with holy desires for Thy honor, may they remain with thee always, because Thou are the almighty and the eternal goodness. Once again, eternal God, sanctify these Thy servants so that, with simplicity of heart and a perfect will they may follow Thee and Thee alone. Do not look upon my misery, but place them in the garden of Thy will.
I know, eternal God, that Thy arm is so strong as to be able to free the Church and Thy people, to pull them out of the devilʼs hands, and to cease all persecutions against the Church. I know that the wisdom of Thy Son, which is one with thine, can illuminate the eye of my intellect, that of Thy people and lift the darkness from Thy spouse the Church.
I thus supplicate Thy almighty power, O eternal Father, the wisdom of Thine Only-begotten Son, the clemency of the Holy Ghost, fire and abyss of charity, so that Thy mercy may be given to the world and that there may be the warmth of charity with peace and union in the holy Church. I pray that Thine infinite goodness will lead Thee not to close the eye of Thy mercy upon Thy holy spouse. Sweet Jesus, loving Jesus.