The Life of a Priest: A Ceaseless Oblation

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Abandon yourself to me in complete confidence
and I will abandon myself to you
so that your words will be my words
and your presence my presence.
This is what I long to do with every priest of mine.
If only my priests would allow me to speak and to act through them!
What miracles of grace they would see!

A holy priest is quite simply
one who allows me to live in him as in a supplementary humanity.
In every priest I would speak and act,
delivering souls from the powers of darkness and healing the sick;
but most of all, I desire to offer myself in every priest
and to assume every priest into my own offering to the Father.
This I would do at the altar in the celebration of my Holy Sacrifice,
but not only there;
the life of a priest united to me is a ceaseless oblation
and he, like me, is a hostia perpetua, a perpetual victim.
You cannot imagine the fruitfulness of such a union,
and this is the fruitfulness that I desire
for my Father's glory and for the joy of my Bride, the Church.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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