I came across a website today (of course, through Father Z's blog: http://wdtprs.com/blog/) that offers help for priests who are in crisis and gives suggestions that the laity can do for them. It struck me that I very well could know a priest who has no family living or family in the area who are available to help them in need. We all have either known a priest who went through a hard time with either his parish, his diocese, his family or other matters. If you haven't then you might not even be aware that a priest you know may experience times of loneliness. Think of the times in your life when you have been sad or depressed and who have you turned to? Not all priests have those options available to them.
It is a good thing when parishioners go out of their way to extend invitations to dinner and give gifts to their pastor. Even if they are not able to accept a dinner invitation they at least know that people love them and want their company.
Anyway, here is the website take a look when you can: www.priestsincrisis.com/blog/
I don't know how successful they are in helping out priests but even if they have been there for just one then they have made a difference.
If we are unhappy with our Catholic identity and desire for more unity within our own Church what better way than for it to start with our priests? This is the Year for Priests so we should be more diligent about offering up prayers for priests in our daily prayer then ever before. I'm going to make time today to pray the Rosary for priests. What are you going to do?