“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:17
This week I had the honor to participate in the funeral vigil and the funeral Mass of one of our beloved priests: Father Steven Tallman. I felt so grateful for this holy, kind, courageous
and faithful priest. One vigil participant said that Father Tallman was the defender of the family. He was bold in standing up for the truth but did it with much love. He was courageous as he stood with other people of faith praying in front of an abortion
I got to experience Father Tallman’s kind heart when I participated in a Sycamore Tree retreat weekend. Father
Tallman was so easy to talk to, because he was filled with joy and a wonderful sense of humor. Father Tallman along with Father Wang celebrated many Divine Mercy Sunday’s at the little parish in Helmville Montana which I went to almost every year.
At the funeral Mass I got to see many of our beloved priest from throughout our Diocese. I was filled with much joy at seeing these beautiful
priests. I was also feeling very grateful that God has brought these holy priests in my life especially when I was so lost.
have guided and encouraged me to study scripture and to participate more fully in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I am given beautiful inspired words of wisdom from these holy confessors. The words of these priest have changed
the direction of my life for the better.
Our priests are people like us filled with shortcomings but striving to become holy
people of God. We must always pray for our Bishop and all our priest as they too are fighting a difficult battle.
Let us Pray:
O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred
Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s
contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. ---St. Therese
of Lisieux’s prayer for priests