More and more I see this topic in Catholic circles; thanks be to Jesus for this is surely the work of the Holy Spirit.
Small kindnesses and thoughtful wee gestures: do not underestimate the power of these tiny moments to lift another's day and encourage them. Let us also remember to uplift our priests by a kind word and compliments. How difficult it is to shepherd a flock of ungrateful sheep! We pray for more priestly vocations, yet we mistreat our priests we do have with constant whinging about inconsequentials. Let us tame our tongue and develop the habit of thanking our priests at least once a week: an attitude of gratitude from the flock goes far in preventing priestly burnout.
We are told in Scripture:
"But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13and again
1 Thessalonians 5:11 - encourage, build up one anotherLet us remember to encourage one another...including our priests.
On the weather front, we are predicted to receive more rain for which we are quite grateful. The drought here persists and we pray for goodly weather to produce an excellent garden this year. My asparagus is once again sprouting and will need to be covered come Sunday for our last cold spell of the season. While in the garden tomorrow, I shall lift up our pastor in prayer support and in reparation for all the ungrateful attitudes of his flock that he is charged to shepherd. May God bless abundantly all of our priests who faithfully fulfill their ministry for Him who is Eternal.
That's me away then.