Modern Day Saint
Blessed Methodius Dominic Trcka
(1886 - 1959)
Domnonic Trcka, of Frydlant nad Ostravici (now in the Czech Republic), entered the Redemptorist Congregation at the age of sixteen, and was ordained a priest eight years later. In 1919, he obtained permission form his superiors to minister to Eastern rite Catholics in Lviv (now in Ukraine). He took at this time the eastern name of Methodius.
He founded the first Redemptorist community to serve both Roman rite and Byzantine rite Catholics in Strophov, Slovakia . In 1950, Father Trcka was arrested by the Communists and taken to a concentration camp, where he was interrogated and tortured. Father Trcka’s continued contacts with his superiors in Prague and Rome were branded by the Communists as ‘espionage’ for which he was sentenced to twelve years of imprisonment.
During Christmas of 1958, he was discovered singing a Christmas carol, for which he was confined to a ‘correction cell’, in which he contacted pneumonia. Denied proper medical treatment, he died three months later on March 23, 1959, having forgiven his persecutors.
A Prayer for Priests (AND BISHOPS)
Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your Name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them to live each day through prayer in the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your word in their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken hearted. May the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest.
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