For one who loves

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When you come into My presence to adore Me,
and prefer Me to the other things that solicit your attention
and make claims upon your time,
I am consoled and glorified.

The proof of friendship is the choice of one's friend over all else.
I want you to prefer Me,
to give Me time that could be given to other persons and things.
In so doing, you will show Me your love
and offer Me the consolation of a true friendship.

I would ask this preferential love of all My priests.
Friendship, if it is to thrive, must be practised.
This is as true of friendship with Me as it is of human friendships.
I wait for the companionship of My priests.
With them I hold My priesthood in common -- and My victimhood.
This is what makes the friendship of My priests so precious to My Sacred Heart.

With them too I share the purest joy
of living in the presence of My Immaculate Mother
and of experiencing her maternal care
in all the circumstances of priestly life.
Given that friendship is based on treasured things held in common,
My friendship with My priests is unlike that with other souls.
The more My priests come to Me and linger in My presence,
the more can I share with them
the secrets and the treasures reserved for them in My Sacred Heart.

Priests, yes, even My priests,
are sometimes fearful
of finding themselves silent and alone
in My presence.
When they come to adore Me
and to offer Me the consolation of their company,
I do not require that they speak to Me;
it is enough that they remain in the radiance of My Eucharistic Face,
allowing their hearts to reach out to My Eucharistic Heart.
Those who have experienced this movement of the heart to My Eucharistic Heart
will know of what I speak.
Words are not always necessary.
The engagement of the heart, on the other hand,
is indispensable.

Weariness and fatigue are no obstacle to a fruitful time of adoration.
They are incidental;
what matters is the desire to seek My Eucharistic Face
and to abide in My company.

For one who loves, the time in My presence passes quickly,
storing up immense treasures of merit for souls.
The merits of your adoration
I consider as belonging to the neediest and most broken of My priests.

You will not see in this life the good done to the souls of My beloved priests
by your fidelity to adoration,
but in heaven it will be revealed to you,
and this revelation will cause you
an immense increase of delight in My presence.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest


Fr. Mark, this is absolutely beautiful. I sent it on to two priest friends of mine. Did you write it? Sr. Dorcee

Fr. Mark, I heard back from one of my priest friends who teaches in a major seminary. His response: "Beautiful! Thank you so much for this. I'll pass it on to all the seminarians and priest formators. Keep such things coming!!"

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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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