To each one I said, "Behold thy Mother"

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Have I not told you before that the priesthood is,
above all else and before anything else,
a relationship of intimate friendship with me?
The priests who do not understand this have no notion of what their priesthood means to me and to my Father in heaven.
This is one of the great sorrows of my Sacred Heart:
that priests do not approach me as a friend,
that they fail to seek my company,
to abide in the radiance of my Face,
and to rest close to my Heart.

Seminarians are taught many things,
some useful, and others less so,
but are they taught to love me,
to give me their hearts,
to remain in my presence,
to seek my Face,
and to listen to my voice?
If they are not taught these things, they will have learned nothing useful,
and all their efforts will remain shallow and sterile.
Why are the seminaries of my Church not schools of love,
and furnaces of Divine Charity wherein the dross is burned away
and the pure gold of holiness is produced,
a gold capable of reflecting the glory of my Divinity
and the splendour of my truth
in a world plunged into darkness?

Woe to those who allow men to pass through their institutions without teaching them the One Thing Necessary!
Will I be obliged to say on the last day
to those whom I have chosen,
'You have not yet come to know me,
and though I know you through and through,
I find in you coldness and resistance to my grace?'

Pray, then, not only for my priests, your brothers,
but also for the men whom I have called to be my priests,
that they may learn to love me
before investing their talents and their energies in a multitude of other things
that are perishable and have no value
except in the hands and in the mind
of one wholly converted to the love of my Heart.

Every seminarian and every priest needs to consecrate himself
to the maternal and immaculate Heart of my Mother.
Apart from my Mother they risk growing tepid and, then, cold.
Apart from her they will succumb to habits of sin
and find themselves too weak to rise when they fall.
Apart from her their lives will be devoid of joy, of tenderness, of sweetness,
and of the warmth that her Immaculate Heart diffuses
in the souls of those consecrated to her.

Love my Mother, and make her loved.
In this there can be no exaggeration;
have no gear of loving my Mother excessively.
Your love for my Mother will never approach mine'
in tenderness, in filial piety, in attention to all the desires of her Heart.
I loved my Mother and made her loved during my life on earth;
first of all, I made my apostles love her,
and by loving her they grew in love of me.
After my Ascension they assembled around her
as around a hearth of fire and of light.
Thus were they prepared to receive the outpouring of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.

A priest according to my own Heart will love my Mother with all his heart.
A priest according to my own Heart will attend to all that my Mother desires;
he will listen to her and follow her counsels.

The remedy for so many of the evils that have disgraced my priesthood
and brought shame upon my Church lies in the consecration
of priests and seminarians to the Immaculate Heart of my Mother.
I saw all my priests until the end of time from the height of the Cross,
and it was to each one that I said, 'Behold thy Mother.'

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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Wow, these are powerful words. Thanks for this post Father. I think there is a lot of guidance here for the laity as well. I especially liked this passage"

Love my Mother, and make her loved.
In this there can be no exaggeration;
have no fear of loving my Mother excessively.
Your love for my Mother will never approach mine'
in tenderness, in filial piety, in attention to all the desires of her Heart.
I loved my Mother and made her loved during my life on earth;
first of all, I made my apostles love her,
and by loving her they grew in love of me.
After my Ascension they assembled around her
as around a hearth of fire and of light.
Thus were they prepared to receive the outpouring of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.

I love this Fr. Mark! I am wondering if In Sinu Iesu is your own writing and if there is a full text available somewhere. Also, I would like to know if you would mind if I shared part of this post on my blog with credit to you?

Thanks for all that you do to build up the Church through Vultus Christi!

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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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