Priests at Every Moment

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I live on in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist,
but few understand
that this Sacrament is the fulfillment of My promise
on the night before I suffered:
'You can see Me because I live on,
and you too will have life.
When that day comes you will learn for yourselves
that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you' (Jn 14:20-21).

You have only to raise your eyes to the Sacred Host to see Me.
There, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, I live on.
There I am present to you and present before My Father
in the glory of the heavenly sanctuary.
Lift up your eyes to Me.
Seek My Eucharistic Face
and you will understand
that My priesthood is one of ceaseless offering
in heaven and on earth.

It is through My silent life
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
that I teach My priests how to be priests at every moment
and not only when,
vested in the insignia of their sacerdotal dignity,
they stand before the altar to celebrate the Holy Mysteries.
The life of the priest IS My life in heaven:
ceaseless attention to the Father
and uninterrupted intercession, thanksgiving, reparation,
and praise on behalf of all men.

There is not a moment
when the priest cannot be united to Me
in praising My Father for his great glory,
in mediating the praises of the saints and of the angels,
in carrying forward every offering to the Father made on earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
The life of the priest is not only his Mass;
it is every Mass that is being offered on earth,
that has been or will be offered,
and all of this in union with Me
who stand in the presence of My Father
as Eternal Priest, as perpetual Victim,
and as Altar covered with the outpouring of My own Blood.

The service of My priests
in the sanctuaries of My Church on earth is but a part of their day:
a passing moment in time.
My desire is that each priest should unite himself
to My eternal service of the Father
in the sanctuary not made by human hands
that is in heaven.

'When that day comes
you will learn for yourselves
that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you' (Jn 14:20).

Oh, that every priest of Mine would say with Me
at the beginning of his day:
'The world must know that I love the Father
and act only as the Father has commanded Me to act.
Rise up, we must be on our way' (Jn 14:31).

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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