Women and Priests
Liana Marabini believes in the evangelization of the culture.
In Rome, she is surnamed “The Mother of the Priests”. She dedicates her life and work to the Church. She considers the priests as “the best share of humankind, because they heal the souls and take care of us, in the best - and the worst - moments of our lives”.
She invites all of you to read and to reflect on this beautiful letter written by John Paul II in 1995. It describes the beauty and the magic of the relationship between the women and the priests.
This letter is the main theme of the autumn "Alter Christus" spiritual retreat (the details will be published soon in the site).
The Importance of Women in the Life of the Priest
Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 1995
The Testimony of Liana - One Hour of Prayer for a Priest
I pray one quarter of hour in the morning, after the orison, for his vocation: I ask God to give him the strength to observe his vows, to keep him away from the temptations, to always fulfill his soul with the love of God, to let him feel the absolute joy of being a priest, to be immune against the flattery and the vanities, to never covet or regret the paths he hasn’t taken.
Then, I pray during one quarter of hour after the Angelus: this time is dedicated to his apostolates, which are many. I pray that he succeeds in his action. It is important for a priest to see that what he does is appreciated; this helps him not to be discouraged, and to see that his efforts are not useless.
In the afternoon, after the vespers, I pray during one quarter of hour that God gives him the strength, the imagination and the faith necessary to pass on the values of the priesthood to the young seminarians; I pray that he becomes, with his example, a source of inspiration for them.
Finally, before midnight, I dedicate one quarter of hour of prayer for him: I pray not only for his physical and mental health, but also for his interior peace, and peace before his death. The last hour before death is the most important one for all of us; it is the hour when we review our life; it is the hour when we are anxious to join the Lord and to be with him. God is the greatest love of my priest, of all the good priests, and mine also. This time must be an occasion when we thank him for having given us the possibility of living on this earth and leaving an everlasting imprint in the souls of others...