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Friday, October 10, 2014

Guest Post - Waiting For The Company of Even One Priest

Imagine the pain our Lord suffers every day because of those priests who ignore Him and flee from His company.

No need to imagine. 

Read, ponder and share the most recent post from Father Mark on Vultus Christi. These powerful words are taken from In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest, and are set forth below with his permission.

Have the courage to share this reflection with your pastor and priests. Pray for and support your priests!

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Waiting For the Company of Even One Priest

You are always welcome in My presence.
I long to receive you and to keep you close to Me.
This is your vocation, priest-adorer.
Respond to the call of My Heart.
Adore Me for your brother priests
who forget that I wait for them in the Sacrament of My Love.
Seek Me out for them and in their name
and I will bless both you and them. 
 My Eucharistic Heart overflows with love for My priests.
I would give to each of them the grace I gave Saint John, My beloved disciple:
that of intimacy with My Heart
and with the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of My Mother.
I would renew the priesthood of My Church in this way.
I would make My priests resplendent with holiness.
I would impart to their tongues and to their hands
the very graces that I poured out upon My Apostles
in the beginnings of My Church.

The reticence is not Mine.
It is they, My priests, who flee My company.
It is they who turn away from My Eucharistic Face
and leave My Eucharistic Heart
without the consolation of their friendship.
I look for consolers among My priests,
and I find so few among them.

You, say, “yes” to Me.
Be the priest-adorer of My Eucharistic Face
and of My Sacred Heart present in the Sacrament of My Love
and waiting for the company of even one priest
who loves Me and will offer himself
with Me to the Father as a Victim of Reparation.

My Father, too, is grieved
by the coldness and indifference
with which I who am His Beloved Son,
His Eternal Priest, His Immaculate Victim
ceaselessly offered in the sanctuary of heaven,
am treated on earth.

This comes not from strangers,
but from My very own,
from those whom I chose, out of love, to share in My priesthood,
to abide in My presence,
to nourish My people with the mysteries of My Body and Blood.

All heaven weeps over the sins of My priests.
For every sin there is mercy
in the Blood and Water that flow from My wounded Side,
but the sins of My priests call for reparation.
Make reparation for your brother priests by adoring Me,
by remaining before My Eucharistic Face,
by offering the love of your heart purified by My great mercy.

(From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest)