“I long for the adoration of My priests. I see other adorers before My Face and I rejoice in their presence, and I bless them with the tenderness of My Eucharistic Heart. But I look for My priests. Where are they? Why are they not the first to seek Me out in the Sacrament of My love and the last to leave Me at the close of the day? Even in the night I wait for for them. In the night hours it is possible to have an intimacy with Me that one cannot experience at other times. I wait for My priests. …I want My priests to come to Me, and I will draw them, one by one, into the radiance of My Eucharistic face. There I will refresh them and give them the choices gifts of My Heart.”
(From In Senu Jesu – When Heart Speaks to Heart – The Journal of a Priest at Prayer)
From time to time, it is my privilege to share the powerful exhortations posted on Vultus Christi by Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, O.S.B. – intended to re-ignite a passionate love for the Eucharist in all of us, and most particularly in his brother priests.
Father is the Prior of the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar at Silverstream Monastery.
And now the reflection:
Listen My Priest!
Leave aside the things
that distract you from Me.
I am the One Thing Necessary to you
in this life.
Save your eyes, your ears,
your mouth, your hands, and your heart,
your whole being for Me,
and I will unite you to Myself.
Click here to read the rest.
(Image Source: Vultus Christi)
I long to see them enter my sanctuary
and approach the tabernacle of my abiding presence.
I wait for them
in the Sacrament that I left for their sakes
as the expression of my Divine Friendship for my priests,
as their consolation in loneliness,
their strength in weakness,
their sweetness in life’s bitterness.
Continue reading “Christ Waits For His Priests”
Thank God for the gift of Father Mark at Vultus Christi!, who recently reminded us:
“There is nothing…as compelling as the sight of a priest in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. In an age of locked churches, of churches opened only for ‘services’ … it is a rare thing. And yet, there is no more effective way of communicating to souls the truth about the Most Holy Eucharist.” (See his full post – When A Priest Adores here)
I certainly concur with the good Father and thank him for both translating and then sharing this excerpt of a November 1855 letter from the Bishop of Lucon to Virginie Danion: