Reparation

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In her meditations for the Feast of Reparation, solemnized on the Thursday of Sexagesima week, Mother Mectilde reflects on the sins of those who serve in the sanctuaries of the Lord.

The Church, in her desolation, cries, O you who have some love for me, you who know all the glory that my Bridegroom deserves, see and consider if there be any sorrow like unto mine. O you, ministers of the Lord and friends of the Bridegroom, the Bride address these laments to you. Hasten to relieve her pain by making reparation for the affronts to Jesus Christ; give Him the glory that others would strip from Him.

Having once shown the disorders of the children of Israel to the prophet Jeremias, the Lord led him to the entrance of the temple; He ordered him to pierce an opening in its wall, and to look upon what was going on inside. The prophet obeyed, and says that therein he saw even greater abominations.

Who, alas, does not grasp that this is but a figure? Who does not know that the sanctuary is the theatre par excellence of the Lord's ignominies? Who does not know that, alongside of priests who are fervent and truly divine, there are priests who are lukewarm and indifferent, priests who are wicked [...]? And so, the Church, in calling [us] to reparation, begs us not to forget the outrages made against the glory of her Divine Spouse by His own ministers. Yours it is, she says, to expiate the sins of the Sanctuary; yours it is to bear the weight of the sins of the priesthood.

Let us enter into these intentions of the Church, and united in spirit with what remains on earth of fervent Christians, and of priests pressed by the charity of Jesus Christ, let us strive to repair the outrages of indifference and impiety; let us lift up the throne of the Lord, and offer Him the tribute of homage that, by so many titles, He deserves.

Mother Mectilde de Bar, Meditations for the Day of Great Reparation

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Father, I have experienced the strongest interior call to prayer and reparation for sin (my own, but just as much, for the sins of others, esp. priests, bishops and religious. I find that merely reading the latest news on goings-on can set me off, big time. But then, I had some kind of inner communication in which I was told, quite distinctly, "I can do very much with your prayers and suffrages, but nothing whatsoever with your railing and raging."
So, I have been trying (not with much success) to not let the latest scandals, whether church-related or secular-world-related, get to me so much, and to redouble praying, and esp. Eucharistic adoration for the conversion of sinner, believers, unbelievers, and esp. priests, bishops and religious. I very much appreciate your blog and hope that you can continue to offer us your insights and suggested prayers for this intention.

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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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