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Watch and Pray with Me

The first thing I asked of my priests, my newly-ordained apostles, and of these, the three closest to My Heart, was to watch and pray with Me. I did not send them out immediately, nor did I entrust them with any priestly task apart from keeping watch with Me in prayer, lest they fall in the hour of trial.

I wanted them close to Me to console Me, to comfort Me in My agony by their union with My prayer of obedience and abandonment to the Father. This was their first priestly action, their first mandate as priests of the New Covenant: not to preach, not to teach, not to heal, nor even to baptize, but to watch and pray with Me.

I wanted them to understand by this that unless a priest keeps watch and perseveres in prayer, all else will be in vain. He will dispense the substance of My mysteries, but without the sweetness of a heavenly unction, without the fire and light of a personal experience of My Divine Friendship. This is why I beg My priests to become adorers: to begin to keep watch and pray close to Me in he Sacrament of My Love.

If you could have heard the urgency and sorrow of My plea to Peter, James, and John! I did not merely ask them to watch and pray, I begged them to do so. In needed their prayer at that hour, just as I need the prayer of all My priests in this final hour that is coming, and that is already upon my Church.

Only the prayer of My priests, made in union with the prayer of My Heart to the Father, will be able to preserve and console My Church in the darkness that lies ahead. I beg for the prayer of My priests, for a prayer of adoration, of reparation, and of supplication. I ask them for a prayer that is sincere and persevering, for a prayer that will become in their hearts a ceaseless murmur rising to the Father as a spiritual offering.

When will my priests begin to pray as I have asked them for so long -- lo, all these centuries -- to pray? I want priests who will watch and pray with Me. I need such priests. Without their prayer, my mystic agony will be prolonged and be without consolation from the friends whom I have chosen to abide with Me in the trials that will soon beset My Church, my poor, frail Bride.

The crisis in My priesthood will continue and will even grow worse unless My priests -- the chosen friends of My Heart -- forsake this passing world's vanities and empty pursuits to become adorers in spirit and in truth.

I pleaded with My apostles to watch and pray; and they slept. Still do I plead with my priests to watch and to pray, and still they sleep, even at this hour when My Church invites them to stay with Me, to linger close to My real presence, and not to forsake Me in the darkness and terror of this night.

Where are My priests? I wait for them. I call to them. I desire that they leave all else to offer Me their companionship, their presence, their wordless love, and their tears.

Those who are responding to My plea, and to the first mandate given to My Apostles, are still too few. Offer yourself so that others may find their way to My altars and learn that there is no sweetness, no comfort, and no presence like the sweetness, the comfort, and the presence that I offer them in the Most Holy Sacrament, which they themselves consecrate for My Church.

Share . . . this desire of My Heart for priests who will keep watch close to My altars, and abide in My presence, even if this means forsaking things that are, in themselves, innocent, and good, and gratifying. The hour is late. Soon there will be no time left to offer Me the prayer and companionship that I have always sought and still seek from my priests. I say this not to cause panic or fright, but because priests must begin to realize that what I asked of My Apostles in Gethsemani perdures -- and it is My request, here and now -- and it is no less urgent today than it was in that awful night in Gethsemani.

Let them begin to carry out the first request I made to My priests, the first mandate I gave them: to watch and to pray. Only then will they live to see the splendour of My glory on the day of My return.

From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of a Priest

Without Me They Can Do Nothing

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What matters is not what you are thinking or saying
[when you are at adoration]
for I am pleased and comforted and glorified
by your simple being with Me.

Be present in My presence.
This is what I ask of you.
So many others among My priests
leave Me alone in the Sacrament of My Love.
They grow cold, indifferent, and hard-hearted.

An hour spent in My presence
would be enough to reinflame their hearts,
to move them to gratitude, and to love,
and to open their souls to the grace of My Friendship.

I ask only that My priests return to My altars
and that they seek Me in the tabernacles
where I am truly present and waiting for them.
So much sin can be avoided
and so many sins repaired
by a simple act of loving presence to My Eucharistic Heart.

I am here for My priests.
I will draw them to My Heart.
I will reveal to them the priceless grace of My Divine Friendship.
And, from the Sacrament of My Love,
I shall renew the face of the priesthood in My Church.

The shortage of priests in some places
is caused, not by Me,
but by the laxity that has come to prevail
and, above all, by the great diminishment of prayer
in the hearts and on the lips of my priests.
Wheresoever my priests return to prayer,
there will I cause a vast harvest of priestly vocations to spring up.
I will multiply my priests
just as I multiplied loaves and fishes to feed the multitude in the desert.

When priests forsake prayer,
they forsake Me,
and so I withdraw My blessing from their labours,
and leave them to themselves,
for without prayer -- without Me --
they can do nothing.

From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of a Priest

Adoration Is Not Idleness

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You do not yet understand the value and the meaning
of what you are doing
when you abide in adoration before My Eucharistic Face.
You are participating in a divine work, in a work of grace.
You are before Me as an empty vessel
to be filled with the power and sweetness of the Holy Spirit,
that souls might drink of My Love
and, drinking, see that My Love is sweeter than any earthly delight.

You are before Me as the intercessor i
n whose soul the Holy Spirit is sighing with ineffable groanings,
and obtaining from My Father, through Me,
all that the Father desires to give My priests
in this world and in the next.

You are the reparator
opening yourself to receive the love
that so many others ignore, refuse,
or treat with indifference, coldness, and disdain.
By offering yourself to Me in an adoration of reparation,
you console My Eucharistic Heart,
which burns with love
and so desires to fill souls with My tender mercy.

When you are before Me,
you are the privileged friend of My Heart,
keeping Me company in My loneliness
and allowing Me to share with you My sorrows,
My grieving over sin,
and My designs for a priesthood made pure
and radiant with holiness.

When you are before Me,
you are with Me a victim of love,
handed over and bound to remain at your place before the altar
with no desires or plans
other than to love, to adore, to make reparation,
and to represent all priests
in a prayer that simple, and confident, and life-changing.

When you are in adoration before My Eucharistic Face,
you are are not idle;
you are working in a way far more efficacious
than any human undertaking can be.
This is your work and it is My work in you.
This is a work that many will criticize and not understand.
You are here in a divinely active collaboration with Me,
who from the Sacrament of My Love,
continue My priestly mediation before the Father
on behalf of poor sinners.

Never doubt of the value of your hours of adoration.
It is this that I have asked you to do,
and I will draw from your presence in the sanctuary
a great good and a superabundance of graces for My priests.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Love's Invisible Radiance

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There are so many tabernacles on earth
where I am, for all intents and purposes,
like one buried, hidden, forgotten, and out of sight.
My divine radiance is diminished
because there are so few adorers
to act as the receptors of My radiant Eucharistic love
and to extend My radiance through space
and into the universe of souls.

Where there is faith in My real presence,
there will be adoration;
and where there is adoration,
there will also be an efficacious radiance of My presence
drawing souls to My Eucharistic Heart
and surrounding them, even at a distance,
with the healing influence of My Eucharistic Face.

In those places where I am exposed upon the altar
to receive the adoration, the reparation,
and the companionship of My friends
-- and, first of all, of My priests --
My radiance is powerful and strong.
Faith., adoration, and love act as receptors;
thus is My power drawn out and made effective,
invisibly but really, in space and in time.
It was the same with My Sacred Humanity during My life on earth;
the faith and love of My friends
drew out the virtue of My Divinity,
and an invisible radiance acted in souls, and upon them,
bringing healing, holiness,
and many graces of conversion.

When I am adored in a place,
My hidden action upon souls is wonderfully increased.
The place where I am adored becomes a radiant centre
from which love, and life, and light
are diffused in a world in the grip of hatred,
and darkness, and death.

Chapels of adoration are not mere refuges for the devout.
They are the radiant, pulsating centres
of an intense divine activity
that goes beyond the walls of the place where I am adored
to penetrate homes, and schools, and hospitals;
to reach even those dark and cold places
wherein souls are enslaved to Satan;
to penetrate hearts, heal the infirm,
and call home those who have wandered far from Me.

For these reasons, the work of perpetual adoration,
or even of prolonged daily adoration,
is intensely apostolic and supernaturally efficacious.
Would that My bishops understood this!
But, alas, they put their trust in human schemes,
in plans devised by the worldly-wise,
and in programs drawn-up along shortsighted human principles.
And so they go, and they will continue to go
from failure to failure, and from disillusionment to disillusionment.

I have not set bishops over My flock
to govern, and to teach, and to sanctify, out of their personal abilities
and by making use of the wisdom of this passing world.
I have set them as lights upon a lampstand
to shine in every dark place,
and I have equipped them with supernatural gifts and divine power
to accomplish that for which I chose them
and set them over My Church.

Woe to those bishops
who trust in purely human solutions
to the problems that beset My Church.
They will be grievously disappointed,
and many souls will fall away
because they have neglected to take up
the supernatural weapons I have prepared for them
in this time of spiritual combat.

My presence in the Blessed Sacrament
preached, and confessed,
and surrounded by adoration, love, and heartfelt reparation
is the single greatest remedy for the evils that afflict My Church
and for the sorrows that weigh so heavily upon My priests.

My ways are not your ways,
nor do I act according to the principles of worldly success.
I act in the silent, humble, hidden reality of My Eucharistic presence.
Adore Me, and the radiance of My Eucharistic Face
will begin to change the face of the earth,
even as it heals My priests, calls sinners home to My Heart,
and enlivens the hearts of those grown weary and sad
(like the disciples on the road to Emmaus)
with a spark of divine vitality and with the fire of My Eucharistic love.

I speak to you in this way not only for you,
beloved friend of My Heart,
but also for those who will receive these words, ponder them,
and out of them draw the inspiration
to love Me more generously, more fruitfully, and more joyfully.
I speak to you for the sake of My priests.
You will be astonished at the reception given to these words of Mine.
Many souls of priests will be quickened and consoled by them.
Many priests will be moved to spend time
in the radiance of My Eucharistic Face,
and to abide close to My pierced Heart.
This is My desire for them.
I want to draw all My priests into the radiance of My Face
and, then, into the sanctuary of My open Heart.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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

Live With the Saints

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Here are photos of three dear friends of mine: Blessed Columba Marmion, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, and Mother Yvonne-Aimée de Jésus.

I have brought so many of My saints and blessed,
so many of My friends here in heaven with Me, into your life
to help you, to guide you, to intercede for you.
You are not always aware of their presence
nor of their intense activity on your behalf.

I give tasks to My saints.
I share with them the ministrations of My merciful love to souls.
I invite them to enter into the lives of My servants and friends on earth,
and to educate and guide
those whom I love and have called to eternal glory.

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The life of My saints in heaven
is one of cooperation with Me
in My two-fold mediation as Eternal High Priest.
Through Me, and with Me, and in Me,
they glorify and praise My Father;
and through Me, and with Me, and in Me,
they dispense graces to souls
and intervene with a perfect love
in the lives of their sisters and brothers
who walk as pilgrims on the earth.

I have charged so many of My saints
to walk with you,
to attend to your needs,
to obtain for you the graces of repentance,
and illumination, and union with Me
that My merciful Heart so desires to give you.

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Some of these saints, though not all of them, are known to you.
They have adopted you, some as a brother, others as a spiritual son.
Their interest in all that you do, and say, and suffer
is continuous and they are, at every moment, attentive to you.
Call upon My saints.
Ask for their help.
Walk in their company.
Invoke those whom I have made known to you.
Welcome those whom I will make known to you.

One day you will be united with them, in Me,
in the glory of heaven where My Face will fill your soul with an ineffable joy,
the same joy that is the delight of all My saints,
and the reward of those who have sought My Face on earth.
Invoke those whom I have already brought into your life
and remain open, for there are others whom I will present to you,
and to whom I will entrust you in the years to come.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

When I see a priest son of mine

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For the Saturday within the Octave of the Assumption: the image is a detail of the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour that is venerated in the Oratory of Silverstream Priory.

I am your Mother,
the Mother given you by my Son Jesus, from the Cross,
in the solemn hour of His Sacrifice.
And you are my son, dear to my Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart,
precious to me, and ever under the mantle of my protection.

Let me live with you
as I lived with John,
the second son of my Heart
and the model for all my priest sons down through the ages.
Speak to me simply
and with complete trust in the compassion of my maternal Heart
and in the power given to my maternal intercession.

There is nothing
that you cannot bring to me,
nothing that you cannot present to me,
nothing that you cannot offer me,
even to your very sins.
Anything given to me by My sons, I press to my Heart;
all that is impure, every vestige of sin
is consumed in the flame of love
that burns in my Immaculate Heart,
in the fire of love that is the Holy Spirit in me,
the very Fire of the Divinity.
Give to me, then, all that you would offer to my Son and to His Father.
It will be purified as gold in the furnace
because I will press it to my Heart.
Nothing impure can endure the flame of love
that burns in my Heart. Only love remains.

Give me your weaknesses,
your past sins, your daily faults,
and I will present to my Son only the love with which,
in spite of all your weaknesses,
you desire to love Him, and with Him, love the Father.

I am your Mother.
I am the Mother from whom you need hide nothing.
Even those things that you think are hidden
appear clearly to me in the pure light of the Godhead.
When I see a priest son of mine disfigured or polluted by sin,
I am moved, not to judge him but, to show him mercy
and to employ all the means at my disposal
for his full recovery from the vestiges of sin.

So many of those who struggle
against inveterate habits of sin and pernicious vices
would find themselves quickly set free from them
if they would only approach me with filial confidence
and allow me to do for them
what my maternal and merciful Heart moves me to do.

There are no limits to my intercessory power
because the Father has so ordained it.
One can never go wrong in turning to me.
No matter how complex the problem,
no matter how sordid the sin,
I am the Handmaid of the Divine Mercy,
the Refuge of Sinners,
and the Mother of all who struggle against the forces of darkness.
Come to me, then.
I can even say those comforting words
first spoken by my beloved Son:
"Come to me, and I will give you rest."

It is not enough to have some practices in my honour
in the course of the day:
I desire more, and you are called to more.
You are called to reproduce
the life of Saint John with me in the Cenacle
and at Ephesus.
If only you knew the bonds of love for Jesus,
and of obedience to the Father,
and of joy in the Holy Spirit that united John's soul to Mine.
We were the nucleus of a family of souls
that has grown wondrously through the ages:
the family of all those who, like John,
lived with me, learned from me, and allowed me
so to love them
that love for my Jesus blazed in their hearts
like a great fire,
the fire that my Son came to cast upon the earth.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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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In a letter dated 28 February 1882, written from Dundrum, to a friend about to be ordained in Rome, the young Father Joe Marmion (Blessed Columba Marmion) speaks of his own loneliness as a newly ordained priest, and of the temptation to look for compensation, diversion, and gratification in society. "The life of a priest," he writes, "is very much more lonely than we anticipate. I have often been for days without opening my lips to a mortal. This may seem very strange, but it is true, and if we can't find our pleasure before Gesù sacramentato, we will, inevitably, go for consolation into society, and then. . . ." Father Marmion left his sentence unfinished. It is significant to me that he saw intimacy with Gesu sacramentato -- Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament -- as indispensable to the happiness of the priest.

You and so many of your brother priests
do not know Me as I would have you know Me.
Many of you are strangers to My Heart.
Come close to Me.
Remain in My presence.
Seek My Eucharistic Face.
Learn of My love for you and you will begin to trust in it.
I am not harsh.
I am not a taskmaster.
I am your Divine Friend.
I am your Advocate, your Comforter, your Refuge in every trial.
Those who persevere in seeking My Eucharistic Face
will begin to read there all the secrets of My Heart,
that is, the unsearchable depths of My love for souls
and, in the first place, for My priests.

This is the root of the evil that eats away at the priesthood from within:
a lack of experiential knowledge of My friendship and love.
My priests are not mere functionaries;
they are My chosen ones,
the friends whom I chose for myself
to live in such communion of mind and heart with Me
that they prolong My presence in the world.
Each priest is called to love My Church
with all the tender passion of a bridegroom,
but to do this, he must spend time in My presence.
He must experience Me personally as the Bridegroom of his soul.

I want you to call priests to the experience of My friendship.
Show them how to remain before My Eucharistic Face
by giving them an example of adoration and reparation.
Draw near to My open Side in the Sacrament of My Love
for them and in their place,
and they will begin to follow you there.
Reach out to My priests, not so much by speaking to them,
but rather by reaching out to Me for their sake.

I tell you again: I want you to be My priest-adorer,
the priest-adorer of My Eucharistic Face
and of My Heart hidden in the Sacrament of My Love.
My Heart is wounded even in My glory.
It is My wounded Heart that you find
when you approach Me in the Most Holy Eucharist.
And from My wounded Heart
there flows a ceaseless torrent of merciful love
to purify souls, to strengthen, heal, sanctify, and glorify them.
The mystery of My Sacred Heart hidden in the Sacrament of My Love
is still so little known.
I want all My priests to know
that in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
there beats for them a living Heart,
a Heart all aflame with the most tender love.

There is no need for My priests to go through life
isolated, lonely, and friendless.
I want to be the Faithful Companion of their days and of their nights.
I want to be their solace and their rest.
I want to be their Friend, ever ready to listen to them,
to welcome them, to heal them, and renew their hope.
Oh, if only they would seek Me out
in those tabernacles where I wait for them,
in those tabernacles where no one joins Me
in My ceaseless prayer to the Father.

Never miss an opportunity to greet Me,
to adore Me, to remain with Me, even if only for a moment,
in the Sacrament of My Love.
In eternity you will see
the inestimable value of every moment
spent in My Eucharistic presence.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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This painting by S. Solomon (1840-1905), a secular Jewish artist of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, is powerfully expressive of the radiance of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus reflected on the face of his priest.

Your union with Me in prayer
lessens the resistance of many priests
to entering resolutely upon the path of holiness
that I am opening before them.
When you represent My priests before My Eucharistic Face,
you are obtaining graces for them,
but also the grace to accept those graces
that I long to bestow upon them.
So much of what I long to give My priests is refused
because they are unable to move beyond their fears and their self-absorption.

I would work marvels in every place on earth
through the ministry of My priests
if they would accept the graces that I hold in reserve for them.
I would first purify and sanctify them,
and then, by means of their sacred ministry,
purify and sanctify a great multitude of souls,
so as to make of them
an offering of praise and thanksgiving to the glory of My Father.

Why do My priests refuse the gifts that I would lavish upon them?
Many are self-sufficient, relying on their natural abilities and talents,
and thinking that these natural gifts are sufficient
for the success of their ministry.
But their idea of success is not Mine.
And the means that they would take are not Mine.
And I have no need of their natural abilities and talents.
I can do more with one poor priest
who, like the Curé of Ars, is humble
and utterly united to Me by ceaseless prayer,
than I can with a priest who astounds the world with his knowledge
and presents himself brilliantly in the sight of men.

When I find a priest who is open to My gifts,
I lavish these gifts upon him.
Nothing is lacking to the priest who comes before Me
in his poverty, and even in his sins,
provided that he give Me his poverty and trust Me with his sins,
and expose all his weaknesses
to the transforming light of My Eucharistic Face.

This is what I ask you to do . . .
not only for yourself, but for all My priests.
I am about to renew My priesthood in the whole Church.
I will purify the sons of Levi in fulfilment of the ancient prophecy,
not those of a physical priestly lineage,
but those who have taken the place of the former priesthood,
and who are one with Me
in the everlasting priesthood of the Order of Melchisedek.
I will change the face of the priesthood
to make it resplendent
with the light reflected from My Eucharistic Face.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Letter to a Novice Oblate X

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Painting by John Everett Millais


On the Call to Perpetual Adoration

My dear sons and daughters,

I think that you will find the following page from In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest, helpful. I know how much each one of you long to spend time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and I know that this desire of yours often appears to conflict with your duties at home, in the family, and at work. In the words below, Our Lord assures us that in order to adore Him perpetually it is not necessary to be, at every minute, kneeling before the altar. The essence of perpetual adoration is perpetual adhesion to the Will of God in the real circumstances of your life, and this, as an expression of love.

Cling to the Will of God

Even here in the monastery it is not possible to dedicate to actual adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament all the time that I would want to give to it. We are, in reality, living in a construction site. There are a hundred different things soliciting my attention and clamouring for my presence. I take comfort in knowing that my desire to adore Our Lord is as good as the act of abiding before His Real Presence, provided that I am clinging to His Will, and in all things, trying to respond to His Love with love.

To Adore Is to Adhere

Mother Mectilde de Bar used to say that to adore always is to adhere always to the Will of the Father. This, my dear Novice Oblates, can be done anywhere: in the kitchen, on the ranch, in the laundry, or in the classroom. There is no place that cannot become a sanctuary of perpetual adoration, provided that we remain united by faith, hope, and love to the Most Holy Trinity present in the secret of our souls.

With my loving blessing,
Father Prior

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You are always in My presence,
and when your heart is directed towards My Heart,
there is no distance between us.
My Sacramental Presence, though unique, substantial, and real,
is not the only form of My presence.
It is not possible for you to remain at every moment of the day
close to me in the Sacrament of My Love and before my altar,
but it is possible for you to adore Me at every moment
in the inner sanctuary of your soul
where I am also present
together with My Father and with the Holy Spirit.

Adhere to My will at every moment,
and you will be adoring Me at every moment.
I understand the complexities and circumstances of your life.
Be with Me by desiring to be with Me.
The desire never to leave My Sacramental Presence is,
in effect, as precious in my sight
as if you were physically before Me,
adoring Me, loving Me, listening to Me, speaking to Me.

Learn . . . how to adore Me perpetually
without forsaking the things that require your attention.
I am present intimately and in the secret sanctuary of the soul
to all who desire to be with Me,
to all who seek My Face
and all who desire to rest upon My Heart.

Give me your inability to carry out all that you propose to do,
and I will receive your incapacity
and change it, by My love,
into an offering more pleasing than the successful accomplishment
of what you propose to do.

Trust Me with your weaknesses.
Give Me your inability to do even what I have inspired you to do.
Your poverty, your infirmity, even your inconstancy
is no obstacle to My work in your soul,
provided that you abandon all to Me
with complete confidence in My merciful love.

Do what you can do reasonably,
and what you cannot do, give Me as well.
I am pleased with the offering of the one
as much as I am pleased by the offering of the other.

Let these words comfort you.
Know that I am not a taskmaster, but a friend,
and the most loving and welcoming of friends.
What friend would greet the one he loves with a reproach
rather than with a tender welcome.

Yes, I have called you to a life of adoration and of reparation,
but I call you also to humility,
to the little way of spiritual childhood,
and to a boundless trust in My mercy.
Adore Me, then, in the Sacrament of My Love as much as you can,
and when you are unable to do this,
adore Me in the meeting place with Me
that is your infirmity, your weakness, and the needs of the present moment.

To love Me is to adore Me,
and to adore Me is to love Me.
Love Me at every moment and you will adore Me at every moment.
Adore Me ceaselessly in the sanctuary of your soul
and know that your adoration there glorifies Me in the Sacrament of My Love
and in the glory of heaven,
where, one day, I will unite Myself to you forever.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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For the First Saturday of the Month

I am your Mother,
the Mother given you by my Son Jesus, from the Cross,
in the solemn hour of His Sacrifice.
And you are my son, dear to my Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart,
precious to me, and ever under the mantle of my protection.

Let me live with you
as I lived with John,
the second son of my Heart
and the model for all my priest sons down through the ages.
Speak to me simply
and with complete trust in the compassion of my maternal Heart
and in the power given to my maternal intercession.

There is nothing
that you cannot bring to me,
nothing that you cannot present to me,
nothing that you cannot offer me,
even to your very sins.
Anything given to me by My sons, I press to my Heart;
all that is impure, every vestige of sin
is consumed in the flame of love
that burns in my Immaculate Heart,
in the fire of love that is the Holy Spirit in me,
the very Fire of the Divinity.
Give to me, then, all that you would offer to my Son and to His Father.
It will be purified as gold in the furnace
because I will press it to my Heart.
Nothing impure can endure the flame of love
that burns in my Heart. Only love remains.

Give me your weaknesses,
your past sins, your daily faults,
and I will present to my Son only the love with which,
in spite of all your weaknesses,
you desire to love Him, and with Him, love the Father.

I am your Mother.
I am the Mother from whom you need hide nothing.
Even those things that you think are hidden
appear clearly to me in the pure light of the Godhead.
When I see a priest son of mine disfigured or polluted by sin,
I am moved, not to judge him but, to show him mercy
and to employ all the means at my disposal
for his full recovery from the vestiges of sin.
So many of those who struggle
against inveterate habits of sin and pernicious vices
would find themselves quickly set free from them
if they would only approach me with filial confidence
and allow me to do for them
what my maternal and merciful Heart moves me to do.

There are no limits to my intercessory power
because the Father has so ordained it.
One can never go wrong in turning to me.
No matter how complex the problem,
no matter how sordid the sin,
I am the Handmaid of the Divine Mercy,
the Refuge of Sinners,
and the Mother of all who struggle against the forces of darkness.
Come to me, then.
I can even say those comforting words
first spoken by my beloved Son:
"Come to me, and I will give you rest."

It is not enough to have some practices in my honour
in the course of the day:
I desire more, and you are called to more.
You are called to reproduce
the life of Saint John with me in the Cenacle
and at Ephesus.
If only you knew the bonds of love for Jesus,
and of obedience to the Father,
and of joy in the Holy Spirit that united John's soul to Mine.
We were the nucleus of a family of souls
that has grown wondrously through the ages:
the family of all those who, like John,
lived with me, learned from me, and allowed me
so to love them
that love for my Jesus blazed in their hearts
like a great fire,
the fire that my Son came to cast upon the earth.

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In our monastery, and for those who are associated it with it, every Thursday is a day of adoration and reparation for priests. The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen is an example of perseverance in adoration and in reparation, and this over a lifetime. I ask him today to intercede for Silverstream Priory and for all priests.

How it grieves My Heart when the unique love I offer a soul
is spurned, or ignored, or regarded with indifference.
I tell you this so that you may make reparation to My Heart
by accepting the love I have for you
and by living in My friendship.
Receive My gifts, My kindnesses, My attention, My mercies
for the sake of those who refuse what I so desire to give them.
Do this especially for My priests, your brothers.

I would fill each one of My priests with My merciful love,
I would take each one into the shelter of My wounded Side,
I would give to each one the delights of My Divine Friendship,
but so few of My priests accept what I desire to give them.
They flee from before My Face.
They remain at a distance from My open Heart.
They keep themselves apart from Me.
Their lives are compartmentalized.
They treat with Me only when duty obliges them to do so.
There is no gratuitous love,
no desire to be with Me for My own sake,
simply because I am there in the Sacrament of My Love,
waiting for the companionship and friendship of those
whom I have chosen and called from among millions of souls
to be My priests
and to be the special friends of My Sacred Heart.

Would that priests understood
that they are called not only to minister to souls in My Name,
but even more to cling to Me,
to abide in Me, to live in Me and for Me, and by Me and no other. . .

So many of My priests have never really heard and understood
the invitation to an exclusive and all-fulfilling friendship with Me.
And so, they feel alone in life.
They are driven to seek out in other places
and in creatures unworthy of the undivided love of their consecrated hearts,
the fullness of happiness, and hope, and peace that only I can give them.
So many go forward in bitterness and disappointment.
They seek to fill the emptiness within with vain pursuits,
with lust, with possessions, with food and drink.
They have Me, very often, near to them
in the Sacrament of My Love,
and they leave Me there alone,
day after day and night after night.

Oh, how My Heart longs to raise up
a company of priest-adorers
who will make reparation for their brother priests
by abiding before My Eucharistic Face.
I will pour out the treasures of My Eucharistic Heart upon them.
I want to renew the priesthood in My Church,
and I will do it beginning with a few priests
touched to the quick by My friendship,
and drawn into the radiance of My Eucharistic Face.
The graces stored up in My Heart for priests are inexhaustible,
but so few open themselves to receive them.

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This painting depicts Our Lord as he appeared in the Sacred Host exposed in the monstrance at the Institute of Loreto in Bordeaux, France on Septuagesima Sunday, 3 February 1822. Read about this manifestation of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus here

Lord Jesus Christ,
King who art all meek and humble,
Beloved Friend,
and Physician of souls and bodies,
I adore Thee who art present here before me,
with all the love of my heart,
and I thank Thee that Thou hast brought me
into Thy Real Presence
-- to be hidden as Thou art hidden
-- to be silent as Thou art silent,
-- to be welcoming to Thee
as Thou art welcoming to me,
-- to be poor as Thou art poor,
--and to be offered
as Thou art offered
at every moment
to the Father
in this the Sacrament of Thy Love.

O Divine Victim,
Thou art the pattern of my life,
and the very form of my consecration to the Father:
hostia pura, hostia sancta, hostia immaculata!
Let me gaze upon Thy Eucharistic Face
so as to become a reflection of Thy Eucharistic Face,
and an image in this world,
at at this hour,
of Thy perpetual oblation to the Father
and Thy fidelity to the Church, Thy Body and Thy Bride.
Amen.

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You have only to prefer My company
to every other companionship,
the love of My Heart to the love of every other heart,
and the sound of My voice in the silence of your soul
to every other voice.

I have called you to be for Me another John
and this vocation of yours remains My plan for you.
You have only to abide close to Me,
to seek Me before all else,
and to put nothing whatsoever
before My love for you
and the love I have placed in your heart
to love Me in return.

Love Me in this way
not only for yourself,
but for all your brother priests
whose hearts have grown indifferent and cold.
Love Me for them.
Take their place before My Eucharistic Face.

Persevere in loving Me and in adoring Me
for those poor priests of Mine
who no longer love Me
and who never adore Me.
They are many
and the sorrow of My Heart over such priests
is a sorrow that no human language can describe,
for it is a divine sorrow;
it is the grieving of a Divine Heart.
It is the pain of an infinite Love rejected again and again
by finite creatures who have become blind
in a terrible darkness of the spirit.

Love Me, then, and console My Heart
by adoring Me for them.
When I see you before Me,
I will see them,
and in seeing them,
I will be moved to show them pity,
and many of those who are far from Me
will return to My tabernacles;
and many of those who have spurned My Divine Friendship
will, in the end, surrender to the embrace of My mercy.
Do your part,
and I will fulfil all that I have promised.

There is no need to force your prayer
as if it were something of your own doing.
It is enough to remain with Me,
content to be in My presence
as I am content to be in yours.

Adore Me and trust Me to restore your energy,
your health, and your joy in My service.
Those who adore Me know that My presence
renews the soul and the body.
Experience this -- as you already did today --
and teach others to find in My presence
the rest for which they long,
the peace that the world cannot give,
the joy that renews the heart,
and the strength to follow Me in My sufferings,
even along the way of the Cross.

To adore Me is to demonstrate
that all your hope is in Me.
To adore Me is to show Me
that you count not on yourself nor on others,
but on Me alone.

To adore Me is to give Me the freedom to act
within you and upon you
in such a way
as to unite you wholly to myself
as you have asked Me to do:
My Heart to your heart,
My Soul to your soul,
My Body to your body,
My Blood to your blood.

The work of adoration is little understood,
even by those who claim to be My adorers.
There is no need to fill up the time of adoration
with thoughts and words,
as if it all depended on your doing something.

It is sufficient to speak to Me
as the Holy Spirit gives you to speak,
to listen to Me with the ear of your heart,
and to abide in the light of My Face
for those who languish in the darkness of sin
and in the refusal of My love, My truth, and My life.

There is no work more precious than this work.
In My presence, you are ministering to souls in every time and place.
In My presence, I am using you to accomplish
all that My Heart desires to communicate to souls,
and, first of all, to My priests.

I have not called you to build nor to organize,
nor have I called you to speak much,
nor have I called you to appear much in the sight of men.
I have called you to a life as hidden
as is My life in the Sacrament of My Love.

Consent to be hidden.
Let Me hide you
as you hide Me in the tabernacle.
My Heart is your tabernacle,
and you are My host.

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Deus Absconditus

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Observe Me in the Sacrament of My Love.
The Sacred Host that you see is silent,
still, humble, poor, and hidden.
Imitate Me in the Sacrament of My Love.
Become silent, still, humble, poor, and hidden.

Hide yourself in Me
as I am hidden in the tabernacle,
and as I am hidden beneath the appearance of the Sacred Host.

Outside of Me there is nothing for you,
and with Me,
in My presence,
is all that your heart desires.
Do not look outside of Me
for anything to fulfil your heart's desires.
Instead, hide yourself in Me,
as I hide myself for love of you
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

How I love hidden souls!
In them I see a reflection of My Mother's hiddenness,
and of the hiddenness of Saint Joseph,
My human father on earth.

Hiddenness is the virtue of those who adore Me hidden
in the Sacrament of My Love.
I am a hidden God,
but I reveal myself face-to-face
to those who hide themselves in Me.

Withdraw more and more from the sight of men.
Seek to go unnoticed.
Hide yourself in Me and with Me
in the bosom of My Father.
Rest in Me,
and be content to abide
where you are not seen, or known, or praised.

Do the work that I entrust to you,
and then be content to disappear,
once you have led souls to the contemplation of My Eucharistic Face
and to the love of My Eucharistic Heart.

The grace of hiddenness and silence
is not given to all,
but it is the grace by which I mark souls
destined to a Eucharistic life,
to a life of adoration
in which they grow in resemblance to Me
hidden in the Sacrament of My Love.
This does not happen all at once;
but it will happen to all who give their consent
to the work of My love in their souls,
and who are faithful to the adoration of My hidden Face,
My Eucharistic Face.

This hiddenness cannot be imposed from without,
nor can it be taught as one would teach a skill.
It is My gift,
and the realization of My likeness
in the souls I have called to a life of Eucharistic adoration.

See how hidden I am in the Gospels,
even when I reveal myself, I remain hidden.
Only the Father knows Me
and those to whom the Father gives the knowledge of My hiddenness.

I am a hidden God
and those whom I call to adore Me
must hide themselves in Me,
becoming hidden from the eyes of the world,
and hidden even from themselves,
having a pure gaze fixed upon Me alone,
even as My pure filial gaze is fixed upon My Father in heaven.

Learn what it means to be hidden:
it is to be free of preoccupations with yourself,
with the opinions of others,
and with what the world may say
of you or of Me.
It is to live for Me alone
even as I live for the Father.

Hide yourself in Me
as I am hidden in the glory of My Father.
Hide yourself in Me
as I am hidden in the bright cloud of the Holy Spirit.
Hide yourself in Me
as I am hidden in the sacred species.
Hide yourself in My Heart
as I am hidden in the tabernacles of the world,
unseen, unknown, and forgotten by men.

I call you to this hidden life
because I am the hidden God
and because My Eucharistic life in your midst is a hidden life.

Those who would be My adorers
must consent to live in My tabernacle hidden with Me
and, at the same time,
loving as I love:
loving the Father as I love Him,
loving souls as I love them,
suffering coldness, rejection, misunderstanding
and abandonment
with Me and for Me.

Understand these things
and you will have begun to understand the Eucharistic life
to which I call you more and more.
Apart from those souls
whom I call to this life of adoration,
such a hiddenness will appear foolish and inhuman,
but it will act as a leaven upon the whole mass of dough
until it rises and becomes a perfect loaf fit for My oblation.
It is a spark of light being kept burning
for a world plunged into darkness.
It is a drop of divine sweetness
in a sea of bitterness and misery.
It is a presence of Love
in a world from which love is absent.

Love My hiddenness
and hide yourself in Me.
Withdraw from all that solicits your attention,
your energy, and your time
into the secret of My Eucharistic Face.
There I will show you
how best to do the things I ask you to do.
There I will give you a peace
that no one will perturb or take from you.
There I will use you
for the sanctification of My priests
and for the consolation of My Church.
Do you want this?

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Come Unto Me

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Intercession for other souls is a work of love.
It consists in placing oneself with Me before the Father,
with a boundless trust in the merits of My Passion
and in the wounds that I present to the Father
on behalf of all who approach Him with confidence,
through Me.

I live in the Sacrament of My Love
as I live in heaven,
in a ceaseless state of intercession
for all who believe in Me
and come to Me with the weight of life's burdens and sorrows.
There is nothing that I will not do
for the soul who approaches Me with confidence.

For this reason did I wish to remain present
in the Sacrament of My Love
until the end of time:
so that souls might know where to find Me,
and approach Me easily,
certain of being heard,
and trusting in the mercy of My Heart
for a world marked by suffering
and ravaged by sin.

There is no form of intercessory prayer more efficacious
than that of the soul who approaches My Eucharistic Presence
certain of finding Me,
and certain of being heard.
I am not distant from souls in need.
I have made Myself close to them,
as close as the nearest tabernacle.
Would that my people understood this!
My churches would be filled to overflowing
at every hour of the day and night.
I would never be left alone in the Sacrament of My Love.

The exercise of faith increases faith.
The exercise of confidence causes confidence to grow.
One who approaches My tabernacle in faith
is giving evidence of a complete reliance on My Merciful Love.
The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is My Heart
open to receive those who will respond
to My timeless invitation:
Come unto Me,
all you that labour, and are burdened,
and I will refresh you.
Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me,
because I am meek and humble of heart,
and you shall find rest to your souls.
For My yoke is sweet, and My burden light.

One who approaches Me frequently
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
will discover that he is yoked to Me
by an unbreakable bond of love.
He will discover, by personal experience,
that I share in all his sorrows,
that I bring him relief in afflictions,
that I carry his burdens with him,
and that he is never, not even for a moment,
forsaken or left to himself alone.

What I am teaching you
is more than the simple visit to Me in the Sacrament of My Love;
it is a way of approaching Me marked by absolute confidence
in My intercession with the Father.
It is an act of faith in My Merciful Love,
and a way of disposing oneself to receive
the waters of life that stream abundantly
from My open Side.

Do souls believe in My Real Presence
in the tabernacles of My churches?
Have they altogether forgotten
who I am and where I am to be found?
Has the faith of My priests in the Sacrament of My Love
grown so tepid and so weak
that the souls entrusted to them
have lost the simple instinct of the believing heart,
that is, to seek Me out
in the Most Holy Eucharist,
and to abide in My presence,
loving Me, and allowing Me to love freely
those who come to Me,
to heal their wounds,
and to draw them into the sanctuary
of My open Side?

The emptiness of My churches
is an affront to My Love,
to the Love that compelled Me to give Myself,
by the hands of My priests,
under the forms of bread and wine,
so that no one might perish from hunger or thirst
on the road to eternity.

I am all Love in the Sacrament of My Love.
My Heart is open to receive all,
even those who have in their souls
no more than the faintest spark of faith
in My Real Presence.
Let them come to Me,
and that little spark will become a shining flame
giving joy and hope to all who perceive its light.

The emptiness of My churches
apart from the hours of the liturgical offices,
is an indictment,
first of all, of My priests,
and then, of my faithful.
My Eucharistic Presence meets with coldness,
with indifference, and with a chilling ingratitude,
even on the part of My priests
and of consecrated souls.
They fail to recognize in the mystery
of the Most Holy Eucharist
the pearl of great price,
the treasure once hidden in the field,
but now offered freely
to all who would partake of its inexhaustible riches.

I am left alone in a world where so many lament their loneliness.
If only souls would come to Me
and would tarry in My presence,
they would discover a Love that fills the heart so completely
that it dispels every loneliness
and becomes wondrously fruitful
in the live of those who accept it.

Your life, your vocation, your mission now
is to abide in My sacramental Presence.
It is to console My Eucharistic Heart
and to expose your soul to the radiance of My Eucharistic Face
for the sake of so many of your brother priests
who stumble about in a darkness
that no earthly light can dispel.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Only those wounded by Me

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I who am here before you,
I am the Word.
No book, however beautifully written,
can speak to your heart as do I,
for I am Eternal Wisdom,
and Infinite Love,
and Uncreated Beauty
in dialogue with your soul.
My words are not like the words of men,
My words surpass even the words of My saints,
though I often speak through them
and continue to touch souls through their writings.
My words are like arrows of fire shot into the heart
and wounding it
so as to inflame it,
and heal it with Divine Love.

Make yourself vulnerable to My words.
Allow Me to speak to you in such a way as to wound you
with the piercing of Divine Love.
When you come before Me and wait upon Me in silence,
you are, in effect, waiting upon Me and allowing Me,
when I choose and in the way I choose,
to wound you with an interior word
and to set you on fire with a communication of Divine Love.
Expect Me, then, to speak to you,
to console you, and to enlighten you,
but also to wound you.
Unless I wound you in this way,
you will be incapable of withstanding the attacks of the enemy
and of bearing witness to Me in the midst of darkness and tribulation.

In the spiritual battle that is coming,
only those wounded by Me will emerge victorious.
This is why I call all My priests to seek and to accept the healing wounds of My Love. Those who keep watch before My Eucharistic Face
will be among the first to be so wounded.
I have called you to adoration because I desire to wound you not once,
but again and again, until your whole being is wounded
and so, purified and set ablaze with the fire of My Love.
Were that your soul were wounded
as many times as I was wounded in My Body for love of you
in the combat of My most bitter Passion.
Allow Me, then, to pierce you through and through
until, wounded by Divine Love,
you are wholly sanctified and made fit for My purposes and designs.

This I desire not only for you, but also for all My priests.
I would wound each one again and again with My burning love
so as to purify the whole priestly order in My beloved Church,
and present it to the eyes of the world as a victimal priesthood
made holy in the holocaust of Divine Love.

Until My bishops and My priests allow Me to wound them
with the fiery arrows of My Divine Love,
their own wounds -- wounds of sin -- will continue to fester
and to spread a filthy infection of corruption and of impurity in the Church.
Let each one beg Me to wound him,
for in wounding My beloved priests,
I will heal them, and in healing them,
I will sanctify them, and in sanctifying them,
I will offer glory to My Father
and fill the world with the radiance of My own Face
and the love of My own Heart."

This is, in truth who you are:
a sinner held fast in the embrace of My Divine Friendship.
When I withdraw this grace of conversation with Me for a time,
it is so that you will not mistake it for the product of your own imaginings,
and also, so that you will not grow accustomed to My words
and so, little by little, fail to take them to heart and to treasure them.
I speak to you so that you might share My words
when the occasion arises to do so.
Share My words humbly, with no thought for yourself.
Remain hidden in Me:
I will hide you from the observations of men in the secret of My Face,
I will prepare for you a secret place deep within the sanctuary of My pierced side.
There you can go to remain hidden and silent,
sharing My words freely and without the fear of being noticed or praised.
Ask Me to hide you in My wounds.
There is a place for you in each of My five wounds;
each of them represents a refuge against the temptations that threaten you,
and the traps set by the devil,
who would ensnare you and rejoice to see you fall.

The wound in My right hand
is your refuge from sins of disobedience and self-will.
Take refuge there
when you are tempted to take the path that is easy and broad.

The wound in My left hand
is your refuge from sins of selfishness,
from directing all things to yourself, and grasping the attention of others
by seeking to take to yourself what your right hand has given Me.

The wound in My right foot
is your refuge from sins of inconstancy.
Take refuge there when you are tempted to be inconsistent,
and when you waver in your resolutions
to love Me above all things,
and to place Me first in your affections and in your desires.

The wound in My left foot
is your refuge against sins of sloth and of spiritual lethargy.
Take refuge there when you are tempted to give up the struggle
and to consent to despair and discouragement.

Finally, the wound in My side
is your refuge from every false love
and every fleshly deceit promising sweetness,
but giving bitterness and death instead.

Take refuge in My pierced side
when you are tempted to look for love in any creature.
I have created you for My love,
and My love alone can satisfy the desires of your heart.
Enter, then, the wound in My side
and, penetrating even into My Heart,
drink deeply of the springs of love that will refresh and delight your soul,
and wash you in preparation for the wedding of your soul with Me,
for I am the Bridegroom of your soul,
your Saviour from all that would defile you,
and your God who is love and mercy
now and unto the ages of ages.

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I am close to you now, and you are close to Me in the Sacrament of My Love.
I accept your presence here tonight
as an offering of friendship and reparation
for the sake of all My priests, your brothers.

Tonight I look for them.
I wait for each one to seek Me out.
I continue to hope that My chosen ones,
even those who have allowed their hearts to grow hard against Me,
will be converted tonight
and find their way to My tabernacles where I wait for them.

There are graces destined for My priests
in this the night of My agony and of My betrayal
that are not given at any other time.
I am bound tonight.
I have already been taken,
and My captors led Me away as a lamb to the slaughter.
I am silent but My Heart watches and waits for My priests.
If only they would come to Me, I would undo the bonds that hold them in slavery.
I would give them light in the spiritual darknesses that oppress them.
I would speak to them words of comfort and of compassion.

Your being with Me tonight
allows Me to touch the souls of many priests who have stayed away from Me.
You are here only because My grace has worked within you,
changing your heart,
and drawing you into the grace of My abiding friendship.
What I have done in My infinite mercy for you,
I would do for every one of My priests.

I am about to renew the priesthood of My Church in holiness.
I am very close to cleansing My priests of the impurities that defile them.
Soon, very soon, I will pour out graces of spiritual healing upon all My priests.
I will separate those who will accept the gift of My Divine Friendship
from those who will harden their hearts against Me.
To the first I will give a radiant holiness
like that of John and of My apostles in the beginnings.
From the others I will take away even what they think they have.
It must be so.
I want the priests of My Church clean in heart
and faithful in responding to the immense love
with which I have loved each one of them
and chosen each one for Myself
and for the realization of the designs of My Heart.
Those who do not live in My friendship betray Me and impede My work.
They detract from the beauty of holiness
that I would see shine in My Church.
I weep over their hardness of heart
and My Immaculate Mother, their sorrowing Mother, weeps with Me over them.

The renewal of My priesthood in the Church
will begin from the fire of love that blazes in the Sacrament of My Body and Blood.
I call all priests to seek My Eucharistic Face and to abide in My presence.
I want all My priests to discover My open Heart,
My living Heart beating with Love for them,
and pouring forth a purifying stream of Blood and of Water for their holiness,
and for the life of the world.
I summon all My priests into My Eucharistic presence.
They must learn that in My company is the fullness of joy.
They must discover in the Sacrament of My Love
the sweetness and strength of My Divine Friendship.

Many, so many, have forsaken Me in the Sacrament of My Love,
but I will not forsake a single priest who comes to Me in the Sacrament of My Love.
There I wait for My priests.
There I offer them My Divine Embrace.
There I would draw them to My open Side,
and through the wound in My Side, into the sanctuary of My Sacred Heart.

Adore Me for the sake of your brother priests who do not adore Me.
Let Me give you what I would give each of them.
Accept My Love.
Receive the gift of My Divine Friendship.
Make My Eucharistic Presence the very heart of your life
and the centre to which you return
for warmth, for healing, for comfort, and for light.
Seek My Eucharistic Face, and invite others to do the same.

In the light of My Eucharistic Face great things take place in souls.
You have only to present yourself before Me,
and the light of My Countenance,
veiled in the Sacrament of My Love,
begins at once to work in your soul.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

It has always been so

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It is the little and the poor who come to Me in the Sacrament of My Love
and who console My Heart by their presence to Me.
It has always been so.

The proud and the worldly have no time for Me
because I am hidden,
because I am poor,
because I am silent
in the Sacrament of My Love.

But those who are themselves humble and poor
are drawn to the humility and to the poverty of My Eucharistic Presence.
I welcome them.
I take comfort in their presence,
and I recognize them as those blessed of My Father
to whom belongs already the Kingdom of Heaven.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

The Little Moment

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No moment spent in My presence is without value.
Every moment given Me is precious in My sight
and becomes fruitful for the whole Church.
It is not a question of quantity,
of spending long hours in My presence
when the duties of one's state in life require something else.
What I ask instead is the moment of pure adoration and of love
offered to Me from a simple, childlike heart.

Just as a mother takes delight in a single wild flower
offered by her child,
as much as in a great bouquet of flowers,
so too do I take delight in the moment offered Me out of love.

Begin, then, by offering Me what you can.
You will see that I will move you to add moment to moment
until you are giving Me all the time of adoration and of love
that I desire from you.

Too many souls are discouraged when they attempt to pray.
They think, wrongly, that unless they can undertake much,
they should undertake nothing.
And so they abandon prayer and leave Me alone,
waiting for their little moment of presence,
a consolation to My Heart.

Give Me the little moment of adoration and of love
and I will multiply it,
making it possible for you to give Me hours of adoration and of love,
as they become available in your life,
and as I ask them of you.

Too many souls try to do much
and end up doing nothing.
Better to begin by doing what is very little,
and by entrusting that little offering to Me,
confident that I will receive it
and turn it to My glory
and to the glory of My Father.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Intercession: A Work of Love

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Intercession for other souls is a work of love.
It consists in placing oneself with Me before the Father,
with a boundless trust in the merits of My Passion
and in the wounds that I present to the Father
on behalf of all who approach Him with confidence,
through Me.

I live in the Sacrament of My Love
as I live in heaven,
in a ceaseless state of intercession
for all who believe in Me
and come to Me with the weight of life's burdens and sorrows.
There is nothing that I will not do
for the soul who approaches Me with confidence.

For this reason did I wish to remain present
in the Sacrament of My Love
until the end of time:
so that souls might know where to find Me,
and approach Me easily,
certain of being heard,
and trusting in the mercy of My Heart
for a world marked by suffering
and ravaged by sin.

There is no form of intercessory prayer more efficacious
than that of the soul who approaches My Eucharistic Presence
certain of finding Me,
and certain of being heard.
I am not distant from souls in need.
I have made Myself close to them,
as close as the nearest tabernacle.
Would that my people understood this!
My churches would be filled to overflowing
at every hour of the day and night.
I would never be left alone in the Sacrament of My Love.

The exercise of faith increases faith.
The exercise of confidence causes confidence to grow.
One who approaches My tabernacle in faith
is giving evidence of a complete reliance on My Merciful Love.
The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is My Heart
open to receive those who will respond
to My timeless invitation:
Come unto Me,
all you that labour, and are burdened,
and I will refresh you.
Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me,
because I am meek and humble of heart,
and you shall find rest to your souls.
For My yoke is sweet, and My burden light.

One who approaches Me frequently
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
will discover that he is yoked to Me
by an unbreakable bond of love.
He will discover, by personal experience,
that I share in all his sorrows,
that I bring him relief in afflictions,
that I carry his burdens with him,
and that he is never, not even for a moment,
forsaken or left to himself alone.

What I am teaching you
is more than the simple visit to Me in the Sacrament of My Love;
it is a way of approaching Me marked by absolute confidence
in My intercession with the Father.
It is an act of faith in My Merciful Love,
and a way of disposing oneself to receive
the waters of life that stream abundantly
from My open Side.

Do souls believe in My Real Presence
in the tabernacles of My churches?
Have they altogether forgotten
who I am and where I am to be found?
Has the faith of My priests in the Sacrament of My Love
grown so tepid and so weak
that the souls entrusted to them
have lost the simple instinct of the believing heart,
that is, to seek Me out
in the Most Holy Eucharist,
and to abide in My presence,
loving Me, and allowing Me to love freely
those who come to Me,
to heal their wounds,
and to draw them into the sanctuary
of My open Side?

The emptiness of My churches
is an affront to My Love,
to the Love that compelled Me to give Myself,
by the hands of My priests,
under the forms of bread and wine,
so that no one might perish from hunger or thirst
on the road to eternity.

I am all Love in the Sacrament of My Love.
My Heart is open to receive all,
even those who have in their souls
no more than the faintest spark of faith
in My Real Presence.
Let them come to Me,
and that little spark will become a shining flame
giving joy and hope to all who perceive its light.

The emptiness of My churches
apart from the hours of the liturgical offices,
is an indictment,
first of all, of My priests,
and then, of my faithful.
My Eucharistic Presence meets with coldness,
with indifference, and with a chilling ingratitude,
even on the part of My priests
and of consecrated souls.
They fail to recognize in the mystery
of the Most Holy Eucharist
the pearl of great price,
the treasure once hidden in the field,
but now offered freely
to all who would partake of its inexhaustible riches.

I am left alone in a world where so many lament their loneliness.
If only souls would come to Me
and would tarry in My presence,
they would discover a Love that fills the heart so completely
that it dispels every loneliness
and becomes wondrously fruitful
in the live of those who accept it.

Your life, your vocation, your mission now
is to abide in My sacramental Presence.
It is to console My Eucharistic Heart
and to expose your soul to the radiance of My Eucharistic Face
for the sake of so many of your brother priests
who stumble about in a darkness
that no earthly light can dispel.

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Be for Me another John,
a friend for My Heart,
a consoler in My loneliness,
an advocate on behalf of poor sinners
and, especially on behalf of fallen priests,
and of those who have lost hope in My infinite mercy.

Be a companion for Me in the Sacrament of My Love,
the Sacrament of My Divine Companionship for every human wayfarer
in this valley of tears.
I remain unknown.
I am left alone.
Even those who claim to profess
the mystery of My real presence
in the Sacrament of the Altar
forsake Me.

I am treated with a terrible indifference,
with coldness,
and with a lack of respect
that causes the Angels to weep
because they cannot offer me reparation
for the coldness and indifference of human hearts.
Only men can make reparation for men.
What is lacking is the loving response of a human heart
to My Eucharistic Heart,
pierced, alive, and beating in the Sacrament of the Altar.
Only a human heart can make reparation for a human heart.

For this reason the Angels are sorrowful.
The adoration and the praise they offer Me is angelic.
It is the expression of the perfections I have place
in their angelic nature.
Without ever dying, they immolate themselves before Me
in the tabernacles where I dwell on earth
by lowering themselves in the most humble adoration
and by placing all their angelic perfections
--their beauty, their strength, their intelligence--
beneath My feet.
The Angels are like living flames
who burn in My Eucharistic presence
without ever being consumed.

For all of this, My Angels cannot replace
a single human heart in My presence.
What I look for from men,
what I wait for, above all, from My priests,
my Angels cannot give Me.

And so I turned to Saint John to comfort Me;
to love when the love of others grew cold;
to hope in Me when the trust of others was shaken;
to remain faithful to Me when the faith of others was put to the test.

John was, among the Apostles, My loving friend,
My adorer, the one who understood the mystery of reparation to My Heart.
John made reparation for Peter's denial of Me,
not by standing in judgment over Peter,
whom he honoured and loved as a father,
but by weeping with Peter,
and by offering himself in reparation for Peter's fall.

Again, it was John who offered Me faithful love
in exchange for Judas; faithless betrayal.
He made reparation to My Heart that suffered so grievously
when Judas walked out of the Cenacle into the night.
In that moment, John gave Me all the love of his heart,
begging Me to accept it
in reparation for Judas' cold and calculated plot against Me.

Be another Saint John for My Heart.
Offer Me reparation by offering Me yourself
in the place of those who flee from before My Eucharistic Face;
in the place of those who cannot bear to remain
in my presence, close to My Heart;
in the place of those priests of Mine
who have time for all else save for Me.

Give Me your companionship,
give Me your confidence,
give Me your grateful affection.
Let nothing keep you from carrying out this design of Mine.
One who makes reparation for My priests
will discover on the last day
that His own sins, though they be many,
will be covered over by a single act of reparation,
for reparation is the exercise of love,
and love covers a multitude of sins.

Love Me, and you will fulfill all that I am asking of you.
Love Me, and I will fulfill all that you ask of Me. . . .
I desire a company of Johannine souls, priest adorers and reparators,
and upon them I will pour out rivers of grace
for the renewal of My priesthood
and the joy of My Spouse, the Church.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

Holiness Through Adoration

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The practice of adoration is not difficult.
It is a gentle abiding in My presence,
a resting in the radiance of My Eucharistic Face,
a closeness to My Eucharistic Heart.

Words, though sometimes helpful, are not necessary,
nor are thoughts.
What I seek from one who would adore Me in spirit and in truth
is a heart aflame with love,
a heart content to abide in my presence,
silent and still,
engaged only in the act of loving Me
and of receiving My love.

Though this is not difficult,
it is, all the same,
my own gift
to the soul who asks for it.
Ask, then, for the gift of adoration.

Adoration is an austere prayer
because it rests upon faith alone.
Out of faith there rises the pure flame of hope,
and out of the flame of hope,
I enkindle in the soul a great conflagration of charity;
that is, a communication to the soul
of the fire that blazes in My Eucharistic Heart.

The fire of Divine Love does not destroy what I created:
a soul fashioned in My image and likeness.
It purifies that soul
and burns away only what is incompatible with My infinite holiness,
and with the purity of My Essence.
The soul, however, is not annihilated.
The soul remains,
even in the midst of the purifying flames of Divine Love,
fully capable of believing, of hoping, and of loving Me.

Adoration is a furnace and a forge.
The soul called to a life of adoration
must expect to suffer the intensity of the fiery furnace,
and the reshaping of all that is misshapen in her
in the forge of My Divine Will.
For this to happen,
it is enough that the soul offer herself to My love,
and remain humble, peaceful, and quiet
as I purify and transform her in My presence.

If only souls knew the power to purify and to transform
that emanates from My tabernacles!
If only My priests knew this
they would hasten into My presence
and remain there,
waiting for Me to do in them
what, of themselves, they cannot do.

It is the simple prayer of adoration
that renders a priest fit for the sacred ministry
by giving him a pure heart
and by correcting all that is incompatible with My Divine Holiness
and with My Priestly Love in his life.
This way of holiness through adoration
is a secret revealed to My saints in ages past,
and it is a gift that I am offering My priests
in these times of impurity, persecution, and darkness.

For impurity,
I will give them a shining purity
that will blaze before the eyes of the world
as a testimony to Divine Love.
For persecution
I will give them a manly strength and a resoluteness of purpose
that will confound those who plot their downfall.
For darkness
I will give them a clear light by which to order their steps
and see what choices are pleasing to My Heart.

Time spent in My presence is not time wasted.
It is the ground and support
of every word spoken by My priests in the exercise of their ministry;
it is the secret of a priestly action that is supernaturally fruitful,
bearing fruit that will last.

If this is true of the priests whom I have chosen
to labour in the vineyard of My Church,
how much more must it be true of [those]
whom I have chosen and set apart
to live cloistered in the Cenacle
with My Most Holy Mother and with Saint John, My Beloved Disciple.

John was most at home in My Eucharistic presence
and in the company of My Mother.
John understood better
and more than the other Apostles
the mysteries that I instituted in the Cenacle
on the night before I suffered.
John was the first of a long line of Eucharistic priests
called to love Me and abide in My Eucharistic presence,
close to My Heart, and in the radiance of My Face.
This is the particular grace that Saint John would share
with those who, responding to My call,
will find their way to the Cenacle of adoration
that I am bringing to birth
as a living organism within My Church,
enlivened by the Holy Spirit
and formed in the Heart of My Immaculate Mother.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Into the Shelter of My Wounded Side

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How it grieves my Heart
when the unique love I offer a soul
is spurned, or ignored, or regarded with indifference.
I tell you this so that you may make reparation to my Heart
by accepting the love I have for you
and by living in my friendship.

Receive my gifts, my kindnesses,
my attention, my mercies
for the sake of those who refuse what I so desire to give them.
Do this especially for my priests, your brothers.

I would fill each one of my priests with my merciful love,
I would take each one into the shelter of my wounded Side,
I would give to each one the delights of my Divine Friendship,
but so few of my priests accept what I desire to give them.
They flee from before my Face.
They remain at a distance from my open Heart.
They keep themselves apart from me.
Their lives are compartmentalized.
They treat with me only when duty obliges them to do so.
There is no gratuitous love,
no desire to be with me for my own sake,
simply because I am there in the Sacrament of my Love,
waiting for the companionship and friendship
of those whom I have chosen and called
from among millions of souls to be my priests
and to be the special friends of my Sacred Heart.

Would that priests understood that they are called
not only to minister to souls in my Name,
but even more to cling to me, to abide in me,
to live in me and for me, and by me and no other.

I want you to tell priests of the desires of my Heart . . .
Make known to them these things that I have made known to you.
So many of my priests have never really heard and understood
the invitation to an exclusive and all-fulfilling friendship with me.
And so, they feel alone in life.
They are driven to seek out in other places
and in creatures unworthy of the undivided love of their consecrated hearts,
the fullness of happiness, and hope, and peace
that only I can give them.
So many go forward in bitterness and disappointment.
They seek to fill the emptiness within with vain pursuits,
with lust, with possessions, with food and drink.
They have me, very often, near to them in the Sacrament of my Love,
and they leave me there alone,
day after day and night after night.

Oh, how my Heart longs to raise up a company of priest-adorers
who will make reparation for their brother priests
by abiding before my Eucharistic Face.
I will pour out the treasures of my Eucharistic Heart upon them.
I want to renew the priesthood in my Church,
and I will do it beginning with a few priests
touched to the quick by my friendship,
and drawn into the radiance of my Eucharistic Face.

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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.

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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

Our Lady and the Priesthood

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My Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart
is to be your refuge and your place of solace.
Go to my Mother in all your needs.
She is your Mother of Perpetual Help, that is, of unfailing help.
My Mother is at the service of all my priests.
She is their Mother, but she is also the humble handmaid of the Lord.
In every priest of mine she recognizes me,
and she places herself wholly at my service in my priests.
For all of that, she remains the Immaculate Queen of heaven and of earth.
All the riches of my Sacred Heart are hers to give away as she sees fit.
She administers the treasury of my Kingdom,
and all that is mine is hers to bestow freely and lavishly
according to the desires of her maternal and merciful Heart.

If all my priests knew this
-- not merely with their minds, but in their daily experience --
the priesthood would be transformed.
My Most Pure Mother is the faithful and indispensable collaborator
of the priest who represents me and pursues my work in the Church.
My Mother is attentive to the ministry of the priest
and to his personal spiritual needs,
as she was attentive to my ministry
and to all my needs during my life on earth.

Priests who do not collaborate with my Immaculate Mother
will be stifled in the exercise of their priesthood.
I Myself chose to have my Mother at my side
at the Hour of my Supreme Sacrifice.
I gave her to my beloved disciple John
so that all my priests would understand
that my Mother's place is at the side of every priest of mine,
especially when he stands at the altar
to offer my Sacrifice to the Father, and to speak and act in my Name.

Never fail to recognize the mystical presence of my Mother in the Mass.
She is there at your side.
She rejoices in your distribution of the fruits of my redemption,
and participates in it.
The hands of every priest are, in some way, held in my Mother's hands.
She acts with the priest.
Her participation in the Holy Sacrifice renewed upon the altar is silent but efficacious.
Her presence at the altar, though invisible, is real.
My Church has long acknowledged the presence of my Mother
at every offering of my Holy Sacrifice,
but it is now more than ever necessary
that priests should deepen their awareness of this most precious gift.
She is the Coredemptrix.
Just as my Sacrifice is renewed mystically in every Mass,
her offering, her participation in my offering, is also renewed.
The priest who knows this and allows it to penetrate his heart
will be graced with a holy fervour in every Mass he celebrates.

I grieve over the carelessness with which some priests approach my Holy Mysteries.
The remedy for this lack of reverence, attention, and devotion
is a filial recourse to my Mother.
Hers it is to prepare the heart of the priest
to offer the Holy Sacrifice worthily.
My Mother is full of solicitude for all her priest sons.
She wants to see them go to the altar clothed in humility,
in purity, in innocence of heart, and in profound adoration.
She accompanies every priest in the sacred actions of his ministry.
She sustains every priest by means of her all-powerful intercession.

My Mother is the guardian of all priests
and it is my desire that she be recognized as such.
The priest who knows this will have a refuge in temptation;
he will be safe under her protecting mantle.
If he should fall out of weakness, or negligence,
she will be there to raise him up
and to direct his steps into the way of penitence and of holiness.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest


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I am your Mother of Perpetual Help
and I am the Mediatrix of all graces for my dear children.
My eyes of mercy are turned toward you.
My Heart is open to you.
My hands are ever raised in prayer for you,
or open over you, to shower abundant graces upon you
and upon those for whom you pray.

I am pleased that you want to imitate my son Saint John
in making your home with me, in opening to me every part of your life.
In this way, you allow me to act upon you,
but also you allow me to act with you and through you.

My presence and my action are revealed in gentleness,
in sweetness, and in mercy.
I want you to resemble me spiritually just as my Jesus resembled me physically.
Jesus, looking at me, saw the perfect reflection
of all the dispositions and virtues of His Adorable Heart.
I, looking at you, want to see my own Immaculate Heart mirrored in yours.
I want to communicate to you and to all my priest sons the virtues of my Heart.
By consecrating yourself to me, you have made this possible,
and already my transformation of you has begun.

My Son has given me sway over the hearts of His priests.
I will transform, and purify, and sanctify
the heart of every priest consecrated to me.
Mine it is to change the souls of priests,
to wash them, to lift them up into the heavenly places
so that their conversation may be with my Son,
and through Him with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
For this reason am I rightly called Porta Caeli, the Gate of Heaven.
It is the will of my Son that His priests should live,
while they are yet on earth, in the heavenly places.
He would have them enter with Him into the sanctuary of heaven,
beyond the veil where, as Eternal High Priest,
He offers Himself ceaselessly
as a Victim of praise and propitiation to His Father.

The Holy Spirit is the living flame of this heavenly holocaust.
All of heaven glows with the Fire of Love
that burns in the Heart of the Son
who stands before His Father as Eternal High Priest.
I am for all my priest sons the Gate of Heaven.
If any priest would ascend, even in this earthly life,
into the glory of the heavenly liturgy
ceaselessly celebrated by my Son before the Father's Face,
he need only approach me.
I will open the way into the mysteries of heaven for him.
I will teach him the reverence, the silence, the profound adoration
that befits one called to serve at the altars of my Son, and in His place.

Let me be for you the Gate of Heaven.
Come to me at every opportunity.
Pray my Rosary.
I will make you share in all that I hold in my Heart.
I bless you now and I bless those for whom you have prayed to me.
I bless my priest sons.
I love them with all my Heart and I follow them in their comings and goings.
When they fall I weep over them,
and all my desire is to lift them up, to cleanse them, to heal their wounds,
and to see them restored to the grace of friendship with my Son.

I am present to you and I hear the prayers you address to me.
I will open my hands, full of graces and blessings,
over the souls whom you recommended to me.
I am ever willing to come quickly to the aid of my poor children.
I am every ready to help them them,
to lift them when they fall,
to bind up their wounds,
and even to intervene in such a way
as to repair the effects of their wrongdoing.

I am not distant. I hear every prayer addressed to me.
My maternal Heart is moved to pity when my children,
and especially my priest sons, have recourse to me in their needs.
I am the Mother of Mercy, Mater Misericordiae,
honoured by the Church in her chant to me.
I do turn towards you my eyes of mercy, and I am ever willing to help poor sinners.
Let sinners come to me; I will never turn them away.
Let them appeal to my Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart;
they will never be disappointed.

As for you, dear son of mine, persevere in praying to me.
Hold fast to my Rosary
and beware of every ploy of the Evil One to separate you from it.
My Rosary is your safeguard and your weapon
in the fight against the forces of evil.
At the same time, for you it is a remedy and a comfort.
Do you not see how the Rosary has stabilized you?
Do you not experience its healing and all its benefits?
Pray my Rosary and teach others to do the same.
Trust me for the unfolding of the plan of my Son.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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My love for you is constant and unchanging.
It does not fluctuate according to moods or seasons.
My love for you glows and burns like a steady flame that is tall and bright.
Never doubt of my prevailing love for you,
the love that will triumph in you and around you,
provided that you come to me with confidence
and offer me all your infirmities, your weaknesses,
and even your sins.

Nothing so grieves my Divine Heart as the doubt of my merciful love.
Sin in all its forms and manifestations offends me
and grieves my most loving Heart,
but one who doubts of my merciful love
grieves me in a way that you cannot imagine.
It is because I am Love, and all Love;
it is because my Mercy is the expression of my Love towards sinners,
that my Heart suffers when these same sinners close themselves to me
by doubting that I am all Love
and ready to forgive all.

Never let sin become a pretext for staying away from me.
Instead, let sin be a catalyst pushing you into my presence.
There, in my presence, as in a furnace,
sin is consumed in the fire of merciful love,
souls are made clean, healed, and restored to my friendship.

I reject no one who comes to me with confidence in my merciful love.
My arms are open to receive repentant sinners
into the embrace of my my merciful love;
even more, my side was wounded,
so as to give sinners a way into my inmost Heart:
their hospital, their refuge,
their place of healing, and refreshment,
and holiness,that is, separation from all that is incompatible with my love.

When you are weak, come to me.
When you are burdened, come to me.
When you are fearful, come to me.
When you are assailed by doubts, come to me.
When you are lonely and fearful, come to me.

Let no thing separate you from my Heart,
which is ever open to receive you.
It is the Evil One who seeks to turn souls away from my Heart.
It is the Evil One who sows the seeds of doubt, of fear, of sadness in souls,
so as to turn them away from me
and drive them into the cold pit of darkness and despair
that he himself inhabits.

My Mother, on the other hand, raises souls when they fall;
she instills in them a confidence in my loving mercy,
a readiness to believe in my merciful love,
a desire to come into my presence
and to expose to me, the Divine Physician,
the wounds suffered in spiritual combat.

My Mother is the Mother of Holy Hope.
She is the Mother of Holy Confidence.
One who entrusts himself to my Mother will never fall into the pit of despair.
Even when sorely tempted, there will remain in that soul
enough confidence to turn to me,
and make an act of abandonment to my merciful love,
that will touch my Heart,
and release from it a torrent of forgiveness, of healng, and of mercy.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Indwelt by Love

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Your prayer of intercession is pleasing to me
because it is an act of love.
No act of love goes unrewarded,
not in this life, nor in the next.
Love calls to Love.

Prayer is the expression of love;
it engages with Divine Love
and so, Divine Love,
--the love of my Heart for the Father
and the Father's love for me
and the flame of unifying Love that is the Holy Spirit--
descends into the soul of the one who prays.
Thus does your soul possess heaven within itself,
for heaven is the abode of Trinitarian Love.

It is my desire to see you pray always in this way.
Allow yourself to be moved by Love towards Love,
and so Love will descend to you
and take up Its dwelling within you.

Where Love is present, all things are possible,
for where Love is, there am I, together with my Father and the Holy Spirit.
You are indwelt by Love.
Believe this, and go forward in confidence and in peace.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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On this feast of Christ the King, I am compelled to recommend to the readers of Vultus Christi the little invocation revealed by Our Lord to Mother Yvonne-Aimée of Malestroit in 1922.

The picture to the right is her own work. Some judge it sentimental and too sweet. It has been, nonetheless, an invitation to confidence and hope for the little and the childlike. Our Lord Himself told Yvonne-Aimée to depict him as a little Child, a King of Love whom no one would fear to approach. A crown of lilies rests upon His Head, for He is the King of Virgins and the Restorer of innocence to those who give Him the burden of their sins. In His right hand He holds the olive branch that signifies healing and peace, and with His other hand, He points to His Sacred Heart, all aglow with merciful love.

As for the little invocation, for countless souls it is a healing balm, a fountain of living water in the heart, a inextinguishable flame in the darkness. Pray it today: O Jesus, King of Love, I put my trust in Thy merciful goodness.

Those who know me
have a boundless confidence in my mercy,
and trust me to resolve even the most difficult situations
with a love that is at once tender and mighty.

Pray to me with confidence then,
for I am the King of Love, and I want to be recognized as such.
I rule in souls, not by coercion, but by my most sweet love.
I rule as a Child King,
with gentleness and with an affection that is wholly divine.
I am not a tyrant, nor will I force my rule upon anyone.

I am the Child King who comes in the guise of a beggar,
seeking the hospitality of one heart after another.
To those who welcome my rule,
I impart warmth and light,
food and drink,
a glorious raiment,
and a share in my kingdom forever.

Make me known as the King of Love,
as the little poor One who waits to be admitted into your company,
and welcomed into the midst of you,
there to rule, not by might, but humbly and with an infinite compassion.

If souls knew my kingship for what it is,
they would submit to me in an instant,
and I, in response, would fill them with happiness in my presence.
Love me, then,
and allow me to love you with my Royal Heart.
It is a great thing to be loved by the Heart of a King,
and I am the King of all that is, that was, and that will be.
My Heart is yours.
Give me your heart in return.
Thus will our friendship be sealed in heaven and on earth.

From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of a Priest

The "Yes" of Even One Soul

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No soul need ever be afraid of meeting my gaze,
for in my eyes there is naught but mercy and love.
Those who turn away from my gaze,
those who fear the encounter with me face-to-face,
are those who fall away from my love.

I call you to a life of adoration
so that you might contemplate my Face
and read thereon all the love of my Sacred Heart for poor sinners,
and especially for my priests.

Whenever a soul seeks my gaze,
my Heart is moved to show that soul an immense pity,
to lift her out of the sin into which she has fallen,
to bind up her wounds,
and restore her to the joys of friendship with my Heart.

When a priest begins to avoid looking at my Face,
he has begun to alienate himself from the merciful love of my Heart.
This will he begin, little by little,
to lose confidence in my mercy,
to consent to sin,
and to descend into the darkness of a life
from which I have been exiled.

Look upon me for those who turn away from me.
Seek my Face for those who avoid my Divine gaze.
Accept my friendship for those who refuse it.
Remain with me for those who flee from my presence.

This is the reparation I ask of you.
Offer yourself to me as did the little Thérèse;
thus will you allow me to love you freely,
and through you, my merciful love will triumph
even in the souls of hardened sinners.

The "Yes" of even one soul to my Merciful Love
is of immense benefit to a multitude of souls
who fear to say it,
or who are hardened in the refusal of my love.

From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of a Priest

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The 8th Sorrow of my maternal and Immaculate Heart
is that my Son is so offended in the Sacrament of His Love.

This sorrow of mine will endure until the end of time,
when the Real Presence of my Son in the Most Holy Sacrament
will give way to the sight of His Divine Majesty.

Then will faith give way to vision,
and hope to possession.
Then will love be secure and everlasting
for all who will have died in the embrace of His Divine Friendship.

Until then, know that my maternal Heart suffers and grieves
over the irreverence, the coldness, and the ingratitude of so many souls
towards the Sacrament of my Son's undying love.
It is in this Sacrament that He loves His own,
loving them to the end --
to the end of every created possibility
and to the end of this passing world.
His Eucharistic Love surpasses all the laws of perishable nature:
there is no greater miracle on the face of the earth
than the Real Presence of my Son in the Sacrament of the Altar.

Even so, He is forsaken, neglected,
and handed over to sinners to be betrayed again and again,
and this by His chosen ones, His beloved priests,
the men whom He chose to be the consolation and joy of His Heart.
This is my own Heart's 8th Sorrow:
the betrayal and neglect of my Son
in the Most Holy Eucharist.

How is He betrayed?
His priests, my own sons, betray Him
when they fail to make Him known,
when by not teaching the mystery of His Real Presence
they leave souls in the darkness of ignorance,
without fire or light.

They betray my Son when, by their example,
they discourage reverence, and adoration,
and a loving attention to His presence.

They betray Him
when they offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass unworthily,
and when they hand Him over to sinners
who have no intention of giving Him their hearts
and seeking His mercy and His pardon for their sins.

They betray Him
when they leave Him alone in locked churches
and when they make it difficult or impossible
for souls to approach His tabernacles,
and rest in the radiance of His Eucharistic Face.

They betray Him
when they allow His churches
to become places of noise and worldly chatter,
and when they do nothing to recall souls
to the living Mystery of His Love,
that is His presence in the tabernacle.

Shall I tell you more of this 8th Sorrow of my Heart?
It is when you are lacking in generosity,
when you fail to respond to love with love,
when you are not generous
in being present to Him
who is present in the Most Holy Eucharist
for love of you.

I speak here not only to you,
but to all my priest sons
and to all consecrated souls
who live with my Son under the same roof,
and yet treat Him coldly, or casually,
or with a distant formality.

This too is the 8th Sorrow of my Heart:
that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated quickly,
with little reverence,
with no thanksgiving,
and with all the attention given,
not to my Son, the Lamb,
but, rather, to the human presence of His minister,
who, by calling attention to himself,
takes from God what belongs rightly to God alone:
the loving attention of every heart during the Holy Mysteries.

What more shall I tell you?
Do you not grieve with me over this 8th Sorrow of my Heart,
made up of many sorrows repeated again, and again, and again?
Grieve with me today,
and console my maternal and Immaculate Heart
by adoring my Son,
the blessed fruit of my womb,
and by giving Him all that you are
in an immolation of love.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

I know your heart's desire

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Many priests experience, at some point in their interior life, the call to focus on adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. They sense, in some way, that Our Lord is asking them to spend more time in His sacramental presence, to linger in the radiance of His Eucharistic Face and, even, to console His Eucharistic Heart. Some priests, including those engaged in demanding pastoral work, may even, paradoxically, hear within their souls a gentle but persistent call to perpetual adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In The Priest in Union With Christ, Father Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. writes:

Every follower of Christ -- but especially His priests ‚-- are invited to worship Him in the Eucharist, but there are some who receive a special vocation to this devotion -- the Eucharistic vocation. "Nobody can come to Me without being attracted towards Me by the Father who sent Me" (John 6, 44). And the Father attracts everyone to salvation but not necessarily along the same path.
What is this Eucharistic vocation, in the opinion of Saint Peter Julien Eymard? It is a special attraction of grace, gentle but compelling -- as if Christ were saying to the soul: Come to my sanctuary. Provided no resistance is offered, this attraction gradually becomes supreme.
The faithful soul responding to this invitation finds peace, as though it had discovered at long last its natural home and spiritual food: "I have found my resting place." Books and conferences no longer give the help required; this can only be found in more intense prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

The priest who senses this particular call to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament may also, at the same time, have difficulty responding to it in the midst of other demands on his time and energy. Even after having discerned what Father Garrigou-Lagrange calls the Eucharistic vocation, he may find himself solicited on all sides by pastoral, administrative, and social obligations. He may find himself disorganized and overwhelmed by all that he has to do. He may even allow days to go by without making the changes that will allow him to consecrate more time to adoration.

I would suggest that, before doing anything else, he go before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and make a very simple prayer along these lines: "Lord Jesus, I want to adore Thee more. I desire to adore Thee always. I beg Thee to teach me how best to order my day." This is the sort of prayer that Our Lord is pleased to answer. It is the sort of prayer that can open the soul to the graces necessary to pass from preoccupation with "many things" to peace and joy in the choice of The One Thing Necessary.

The following words from In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest, may also prove helpful:

Adore me always and in all places by a simple movement of your heart.

Consider that wherever you are, I see you
and know your heart's desire.

Desire to adore me always,
and know that I accept that desire of yours with great delight.

Come to me as frequently as you can.
Use every opportunity to come before me in the Sacrament of my Love.

There is no need to calculate the length of time
you give me in the course of a day.

If your heart is always in a state of adoration,
you will find your way to my tabernacle frequently
and you will abide in my presence willingly and gratefully.

Allow me to lead you and instruct you
in the life of adoration to which I have called you.
The Holy Spirit will be your infallible guide
and the teacher of your adoration.

Accept my merciful love

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"My Heart is moved to pity
for those whom you recommend to my merciful love.
There is no limit to my merciful kindness.
Souls that doubt my mercy
or fear me as a severe judge is feared
grieve my most loving Heart.
What I want from souls is their confidence in me
and their trust in my merciful goodness.

Accept my merciful love,
accept it for those who refuse to accept it,
for those who turn away from me
to go in search of false comforts
and of deceptive teachers.

Too many priests have lost confidence in my mercy,
and for this reason they are unable to inspire confidence in my mercy
in the souls entrusted to them.
One cannot speak convincingly of my Divine Mercy
without having first experienced it.

I wait for my priests in the Sacrament of my Love.
Let them all approach me to experience my mercy.
Then will I make them channels and heralds of my mercy
in a world that needs the Divine Mercy more than anything else."

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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Let us come with confidence to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid. (Hebrews 4:16)
(Introit, Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 22 August)

In today's Introit the Church borrows boldly from the Epistle to the Hebrews to call the Immaculate Heart of Mary "the throne of grace." Indeed, her Heart is the throne of grace, as depicted in the icon of the Mother of God of the Sign. Jesus, Eternal Wisdom, thrones in her Heart and, from her Heart, dispenses mercy and grace to all who approach His Mother in time of need.

O Blessed Virgin Mary,
behold, I come to thy maternal and immaculate Heart
as to the throne of grace
to receive mercy and help in time of need.

I come to thy Heart
as to the refuge of sinners.

I come to thy Heart
as to the pure and spotless sanctuary of the priesthood.

I come to thy Heart
as to the paradise of the saints in heaven and on earth.

Receive me into thy Immaculate Heart
even as I would receive thy Heart into my life,
allowing thee and begging thee to count me among thy beloved sons,
and to consider me another Saint John for thy maternal Heart.

So do I renew today
the total and irrevocable consecration of myself
-- of my past, my present, and my future --
to thy maternal and immaculate Heart,
confident that thou wilt take all my necessities,
all my cares,
and all my weaknesses to thyself
so as to present them to Jesus
as if they were thine own.

May thy sorrowful and immaculate Heart, O Mary,
be my habitual recourse in this valley of tears,
and my delight in the everlasting joys of heaven.
Amen.

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There is nothing that I will not do
for those who come to me,
ready to abandon themselves entirely
into my Divine Embrace.

There is nothing that I will not give them
for all that I have is theirs
from the moment that they entrust themselves
to my Heart.

This is what it means to surrender
to the embrace of my Divine Friendship:
it is to rest upon my Heart
and to renounce every other comfort,
every other security,
ever certainty except that
of my undying love.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

You pass me by

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Nothing so grieves my Heart
as the coldness and indifference of priests and of consecrated souls
to my living presence among them.
Had they not the privilege
of my abiding sacramental presence close at hand,
they might be excused for the hardness of their hearts,
but those who have me near,
those who dwell close to my tabernacles
have no excuse for the estrangement of their souls
from the Sacrament of my Love.
On the Day of Judgment I will hold them accountable
for the neglect and indifference
by which they alienated themselves from me,
while I, the living God,
the God who is love,
the God who is all mercy
and who sought their friendship and their company
waited for them,
and waited in vain.

Even you, O my priests,
my adorers, my chosen friends, consolers of my Heart,
disappoint me when,
although I wait for you
and although it is within your power to approach me,
to adore me even for a moment,
and to console me,
you pass me by
and live as though I were not here waiting for you,
yearning for your companionship,
ready to embrace you.

Come to me, then,
come to me as often as you can.
Come, even if only for a moment
to allow me to refresh you,
to inflame you with my love,
to illuminate your mind,
and to pacify your soul.
Come to me and, for a moment,
remain with me
for the sake of those who walk away from me.
Come to me
for the sake of those who pass me by.
Come to me for the sake of those
whose hearts are cold
and who seek their happiness in passing things.

Come to me, and I will welcome you.
Come to me, and I will bless you.
Come to me, and I will press you against my open Heart.
Come to me, and I will show you the beauty of my Eucharistic Face.
Come to me, and your soul shall live.
Come to me, and yours shall be the joy that the world cannot give.
Come to me, and I will place you next to myself.
Come to me, and know that I come to those who come to me,
together with my Father and the Holy Spirit.
Come to me, for I wait for you.

From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of a Priest

Remain Close to Me

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The image of Saint John resting in sinu Iesu is a detail of the fresco in the monumental refectory of the Sacro Speco Monastery at Subiaco.

Remain close to me
and I will unite you
to my own adoration of the Father.

Remain close to me
and I will unite you
to my priestly intercession for souls.

Remain close to me
and I will give you the peace
that the world cannot give.

Remain close to me
that I may hide myself in you
and hide you in my Sacred Heart.

Adore me in my silence
and I will make you silent.

Adore me in my solitude
and I will separate you from all save from myself.

Adore me in my humility
and I will make you humble.

Adore me in my obedience
and I will make you obedient.

Adore me in my prayer to the Father
and I will begin to pray my Father in you.

Adore me in my merciful love for sinners
and I will save sinners through you.

Adore me in my weakness and in my poverty
and I will make you strong in my grace
and rich in heavenly blessings.

Adore me,
and I will live in you.

Adore me,
and at the hour of your death
I will take you to myself
and show you the beauty of my Face unveiled in glory.

From In Sinu Iesu, the Journal of A Priest

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Photographs by Brother Benedict Maria Andersen, O.S.B.

I have so much to tell you
and, at the same time, all that you need to know . . .
is already given to you in the Gospel of Saint John, the friend of my Heart.

Yes, I have called you to become another John.
I want you to gaze upon my Face
with all the tenderness and adoration
that the Holy Spirit gave him during the years he spent in my company.
Even after my Ascension
he discerned my abiding presence in the Sacrament of my Love
and learned to contemplate there the glory of my Eucharistic Face.

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John was the friend of my Heart.
When he saw my Heart pierced on Calvary, his own heart was pierced too.
This created between him and my Most Holy Mother the deepest of bonds.
This it was that sealed the covenant of filial and maternal love
that I established between them
by the virtue of my words from the Cross.
It was this that made their life together
after the birth of my Church at Pentecost
a model of perfect unity and of burning charity.

John and Mary together graced the Church
by living in fidelity to the words I spoke from the Cross
and by abiding in the mystery of my pierced Heart.
Their own hearts -- the Immaculate Heart of the Mother
and the pure heart of the son
were a single channel of mercy and of light for souls.
I want it to be the same for you and for all my priests
in their relationship to my Most Holy Mother.
Allow your heart to be pierced as was hers on Calvary.
Thus will your heart be united to mine through hers.

John's heart was mystically pierced
when he saw blood and water gush forth from my side.
Your heart will be pierced in the mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist,
not only when you stand at the altar to offer me to my Father,
but also when you remain in my presence,
seeking my Eucharistic Face,
eager to receive my instructions,
and allowing me to reshape you
into the priest I have, from the beginning, wanted you to be.

The piercing of your own heart will not be in a single thrust.
It will be a work of my grace
and an intimate, even hidden, action of the Holy Spirit.
You will know that your own heart has been pierced
when you begin to experience a continual and sweet union
with the Heart of my Mother and with my own Sacred Heart.

This I will do for you,
but I desire to work the same grace in the souls of all my priests.
Even in the beginning,
I wanted my friendship with John
to serve as a model for the other apostles.
I will not refuse the intimate friendship of my Heart
to the priests I have chosen for myself.
This is the secret of priestly holiness:
union with my Eucharistic Heart
through the pierced Heart of my Mother and of yours,
the Blessed Virgin Mary.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest.

The Joy of the Cenacle

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It is right that you should feel joy and peace
in my presence here tonight
because it is the presence of Love,
infinite, living Love.

So few souls understand that my Eucharistic Presence
is all Love,
and that when they approach my altar,
or kneel before my tabernacle,
or gaze upon my Sacramental Form,
they are in the presence
of Love so powerful and so gentle
that nothing created can be compared to it.

I instituted the Sacrament of my Body and Blood
so that souls might eat Love,
drink Love,
and abide in Love's company.

I did this for all souls until the end of time,
but especially for my priests.
My priests hunger for Love,
my priests thirst for Love,
my priests seek the company of Love,
but so few of them come to me
in the Sacrament of Love.

You are experiencing joy in my presence tonight:
that too is right
for I intended,
--from the night before I suffered, this night--
that the Sacrament of my Body and Blood
should be a fountain of pure joy
set in the midst of my Church
to irrigate the whole world.

Where I am present
there will always be joy.
Nothing so demonstrates the reality of my presence
as the joy that souls find
when they approach me in the Sacrament of my Love,
and leave my presence changed,
transformed because they have encountered in me
the one joy that contains no admixture of bitterness,
the one joy that will never disappoint,
or decrease,
or come to fail in any way.

This is the joy of which I spoke to my Apostles
in the Upper Room:
not joy as the world knows it and promises it,
but joy that is divine in its source
and wonderfully fruitful in all its effects.

Read what I said concerning joy,
and take it to heart:
"Ask and you shall receive,
that your joy may be full."

My Sacramental Presence is a wellspring of joy
that will never run dry.
My thirst is that souls should quench their thirst
by coming to me.

The world peddles so many false joys:
joys that turn to bitterness,
to sorrow,
and to a sentiment of emptiness.
Too many, even among my priests,
are deceived by what the world counts as joy.

If only they would come to me,
I would give them a joy that surpasses
all that the world can offer;
for the joy that I give is a sharing in my Divine Life
with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.

There is nothing old about this joy;
it is forever young
and it revitalizes those who experience it.
In my life with the Father and the Holy Spirit
there is an eternal youthfulness:
our Trinitarian life is fresh, pure, and lovely
in itself and in all its works.

For this reason
joy is a sure sign of Our presence
and of Our work in the Church and in souls.

I created you for Love:
infinite Love, divine Love,
and that Love is here, for you,
in the Sacrament of my Body and Blood.

Remain in my presence
and you will know the Love
for which I created your mind and your heart.
Remain in my presence
and your soul will experience the joy
that is my kiss of Love, my kiss of friendship,
the seal of my fidelity,
and the communication of my sweetness.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Christ Waits for His Priests

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I wait for my priests.
I long to see them enter my sanctuary
and approach the tabernacle of my abiding presence.

I wait for them
in the Sacrament that I left for their sakes
as the expression of my Divine Friendship for my priests,
as their consolation in loneliness,
their strength in weakness,
their sweetness in life's bitterness.

When my priests seek my company
I am moved to show them the compassionate love of my Heart.
When they draw near to me
it is because I have already drawn near to them,
set my gaze upon them,
given them my Heart's love of predilection,
and claimed them for myself
and for my Bride, the Church.

If they come in search of my Eucharistic Face,
it is because the light of my Face
has already illumined their darkness.
Some see the light of my Face
and walk in its radiance.

Others see it and turn away,
choosing darkness over my light.
Even among my priests
there are those who forsake the light of my Face
for the demon-infested darkness
that will lead to their destruction.

How I grieve over those of my priests who turn from me.
How I grieve over those of my priests
who pretend not to have seen my light
nor to have recognized my Face.
These, like Peter in his weakness,
deny having known me.

Still, I wait for them to turn to me.
My Face is, at every moment, turned towards them.
I will give them light to return to me.
I wait for them in the Sacrament of my Love.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

Te igitur clementissime Pater

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Allow me to live my sonship in you.
Allow me, in you, to be the Father's beloved Son,
the Son in whom He takes delight.

You allow Me to live my sonship in you
when you believe in me
and when you open yourself humbly and confidently
to the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

You allow me to live my sonship in you
when you love me
and when your single great desire is to be united to me,
and to participate in all the sentiments and dispositions
of my Filial Heart.
These are communicated to you by the Holy Spirit,
for it is the work of the Holy Spirit
to perfect the filial spirit in souls
by uniting them to me.

Too often my Father is forgotten.
He is acknowledged as God,
but His Fatherhood remains unknown,
and it was to reveal His Fatherhood
that I came into the world.

I prayed to Him, saying "Father"
so that souls in every age until the end of time
might learn from me
how to address the living God
with the confidence and tender affection of sons.

Learn to trust in my Father,
for to trust in Him is to believe in His love for you.
To trust in Him is to walk in imitation of me.
To trust in Him is to obey the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
who schools souls,
not in a servile fear,
nor in a heartless execution of rites,
but in a filial abandonment to the Father's love.

Nothing delights the Heart of the Father more
than the abandonment to Him
of a soul who believes in His love
and trusts Him with all things great and small.

My Father is unknown even now,
after two thousand years,
and because He is unknown,
souls continue to live in fear, in bondage, and in darkness.

Yes, a soul that has not learned to call God "Father"
is still in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Such a soul suffers the cold chill of alienation
from my Father's Heart.

Much of the suffering and scandal
that wounds and disfigures my priests
could have been avoided
had they been taught in their formative years
how immense a grace it is
to live as sons cherished by my Father at every moment.

My desire is that every priest of mine
should pass entirely into the grace of Divine Filiation;
should pray to the Father as I prayed to Him
during my earthly life;
and should rest secure and joyful in my Father's tender love,
never despairing of His mercy.

The grace to address my Father as "Father"
is conferred in Baptism,
but it is wonderfully perfected in ordination to my priesthood.
In a very real sense,
a man is ordained a priest
to stand at the altar
and pronounce that most sacred name: "Father".

So long as there are priests to stand at my altars
and to say "Father",
there will be a remedy for the bitterness
that so poisons the world We created.
The name of "Father" pronounced by my priests at the altar
introduces a divine sweetness
into the harshness and bitterness
that so mark your life
in this vale of tears.

When, standing at the altar,
a priest says "Father",
it is the beginning of a new creation,
it is the restoration to sonhood
of souls held in the bondage of slavery and fear.
It is the opening of the Kingdom upon earth.
It causes immense joy among the angels in heaven.

Be conscious of this when,
vested in the sacred adornments of my priesthood,
you stand at the altar
and say that one word that makes all else possible:
"Father".

"Father" on the lips of a priest
is "Father" on my lips.
The Father hears and receives the filial utterances of His priests
calling Him by the Name
that glorifies Him above all other names,
-- because it is the Name by which I address Him --
with an ineffable joy,
with a divine delight
that causes jubilation among the Angels
and exultation among all my saints.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

When a priest suffers . . .

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This painting depicts Our Lord as he appeared in the Sacred Host exposed in the monstrance at the Institute of Loreto in Bordeaux, France on Septuagesima Sunday, 3 February 1822. Read about this manifestation of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus here.

My Heart is moved to compassion by the sufferings of my priests,
by those that they inflict upon themselves
and by those that they inflict on each other.

The sins of my priests cause me an immense sorrow.
I grieve over my priests
with a tender and sorrowful love.

I want them to understand
that every trial, every suffering, every humiliation is,
for them, an occasion to turn to me with confidence
and to discover the depth and the height and the breadth
of my merciful love,
of my Divine Friendship for them.

This is the answer and the remedy
for every crisis in the life of a priest:
a return to my Divine Friendship,
a humble and confident return to my most loving Heart,
a return to the foot of my altar
and to the comforting radiance of my Eucharistic Face.

The trials and sorrows that I permit to befall my priests
will serve my designs for their holiness
and for their growth in love.
Everything a priest suffers should send him to my Heart.
And where will he find my Heart,
opened by the lance and still beating with love,
if not in the Sacrament of the Altar,
the abiding sign of my friendship of predilection
for each and every priest?

I am calling my priests back to my altars;
I am calling them into the healing radiance of my Eucharistic Face.
I am calling my priests
into the intimate friendship of my Eucharistic Heart.

Why do so few respond to my call?
It is, in effect, more than a call:
I plead with them to become entirely Eucharistic priests
living from my altar and for my altar,
and abiding as often as they can
in the radiance of my Eucharistic Face.

A priest who spurns my Divine Friendship
is an empty vessel,
a cause of sorrow to my Heart,
a blight upon the Church,
a disappointment to my faithful.

Do what you can, do what you must,
to draw your brother priests . . .
into the radiance of my Eucharistic Face.
There they will taste and will come to know the sweetness of my love
and the infinite treasures of my mercy for them.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

Holy Abandonment to the Father

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Into His Hands

Turn all things over to my Father and yours. As soon as a person, a situation, or a thing begins to weigh upon you, and cause you anxiety, refer it to my Father and abandon it entirely into His hands.
Nothing glorifies my Father more than the total self-abandonment of His children to His faithful and tender love.

The Father Is Close

The Father cares for you, not merely in a general way by controlling the course of events from afar, but in a profoundly personal way by His presence to you in all the circumstances of daily life.
At no moment is the Father distant from you or unavailable to you. At every moment His providence and His mercy are there for you. Give every care of yours into my Father's hands and go your way in peace of heart, trusting that He will attend to it and cause all things to work together for your ultimate good.

Reparation

Make reparation for the offences against my Father's goodness that are committed by those who refuse to trust Him. Nothing so grieves my Father's Heart as the refusal to trust Him and to rest secure in His love.

The Cross

For this did I come into the world and suffer death on the Cross: so that all would see in me the way of abandonment and obedience to the Father, even unto death.

Three Steps of Abandonment

First, believe in my Father. Then, imitate me by receiving the Father's love and by looking to Him for all things. Finally, abandon into the Father's hands every anxiety, fear, and need, trusting Him to care for you, and praising Him in advance for the wonders wrought by His faithful love and paternal providence.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

Priests: Sons and Fathers

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Spiritual Childhood and Fatherhood

One who has not known the joys and the security in love of divine sonship cannot receive the grace of supernatural fatherhood. One learns to be a father by being a son and, even in the perfection of spiritual fatherhood, one remains a little child, a son beloved of my Father, full of confidence in His Providence and ready, at every moment, to embrace His Will as it unfolds.

Wounded Sons

So many of my priests are retarded in the exercise of their spiritual paternity because they are wounded in their identity as sons. I am about to heal many of my beloved priests who bear, deep within their souls, the wounds of a sonship that did not unfold as I would have wanted it to unfold because of the sins of fathers, and this over many generations.

Reconciliation of Sons with Fathers

I desire to fill my Church with spiritual fathers by healing a great number of wounded sons among my priests. I desire the reconciliation of sons with their fathers, and of fathers with their sons. Through this reconciliation the wounds inflicted on the souls of my priests will be healed, freeing them to enter fully into my love for the Father, into my obedience to the Father, into my glorification of the Father.

Paternal Generativity in the Church

Those who will be healed in this way will become fathers of souls, participating in the tenderness and strength of the Eternal Father and sharing in the fatherhood that the Apostles recognized in me whilst I lived on earth among them in the flesh. I revealed the Fatherhood of God to my Apostles and graced them with a new birth into my own Divine Sonship. Thus were they rendered capable of a supernatural fatherhood that even today generates life in my Church.

Where Healing Takes Place

O my priests, I call you to myself in the Sacrament of my Love. There I will heal you of those childhood wounds that have impaired your response to my Father for too long. I will free you to enter into the grace and mystery of my own Sonship, and you will discover, each one for yourself, what it means to be "a son in the Son." This is my desire. This is my plan for you. Let me heal your souls. Let me restore you to the security and joy of divine sonship. Let me call you to fatherhood in my Church and to a strong and tender care for souls.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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Christ Crowned With Thorns (c. 1622) by Guercino.

It is not by privileges, special graces, or mystical experiences
that souls are perfected in love;
it is by a total adhesion to my Will,
and by a real death to all that is not my Will.

This life of yours will pass quickly.
In the end, you will take comfort in one thing only:
in the "Yes" that you will have said to my Love for you,
and in your adhesion to my Will as it will have unfolded
minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day in your life.

Tell me, then, that what I will, you will.
Tell me that all that is outside of my will for you is so much rubbish.
Ask me to cleanse your life of the accumulated rubbish of so many years.
Ask me to make you clean of heart and poor in spirit.
Seek nothing apart from what my Heart desires you to have.
Ask only for what my Heart desires to give you.
Therein lies your peace.
Therein lies your joy.
Therein lies salvation and glory.

Your plans, your desires, and your anxieties
are but puffs of smoke blown away by the wind.
Only what I will endures.
Only what I will gives you happiness.
Seek then what I will, and trust me to give you what you seek.

Souls who chase after rainbows
pass by the treasures that I have laid beneath their feet,
leaving them behind to pursue a future that is not,
and that will not come to be.

This is an exhausting exercise for you
and for so many souls like you,
who, enchanted by an ideal,
fail to see my work, and the splendour of my Will for them,
revealed in the present.

Live, then, in the present moment.
Choose to be faithful to me
in the little things that I give you
and ask of you from minute to minute,
from hour to hour, and from day to day.
It is foolish to pin your hopes and to spend your energy
on an imaginary good,
when the real good that I offer you is here and now.

It is not forbidden you to dream dreams
or to imagine a future that you think will make you happy
-- I give you your imagination and I am not offended when you use it.
The imagined good becomes an evil, however,
when it saps you of your energy;
drains you of the vitality
that I would have you offer me in sacrifice
by being faithful to the reality that is here and now;
and when you use your imagination
to flee from obedience and submission to me
in the circumstances
and in the places where I have placed you at this time.

Plan for the future by living in the present.
Open your heart to my voice each day,
and cling to the smallest manifestations of my Will.
Renounce all that springs from your own desires and imaginings,
and say "Yes" to all that springs from my most loving and merciful Heart.
Therein lies your peace, your joy, and your salvation.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

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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