Thursdays of Adoration and Reparation for Priests: December 2011 Archives

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This morning Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Roman Curia. In the course of the exchange of Christmas greetings, His Holiness spoke of the experience of Eucharistic Adoration at World Youth Day.

Silence Before the Lord
A third element, that has an increasingly natural and central place in World Youth Days and in the spirituality that arises from them, is adoration. I still look back to that unforgettable moment during my visit to the United Kingdom, when tens of thousands of predominantly young people in Hyde Park responded in eloquent silence to the Lord's sacramental presence, in adoration.
Physical Presence of the Risen Christ
The same thing happened again on a smaller scale in Zagreb and then again in Madrid, after the thunderstorm which almost ruined the whole night vigil through the failure of the microphones. God is indeed ever-present. But again, the physical presence of the risen Christ is something different, something new. The risen Lord enters into our midst. And then we can do no other than say, with Saint Thomas: my Lord and my God!
An Act of Faith
Adoration is primarily an act of faith - the act of faith as such. God is not just some possible or impossible hypothesis concerning the origin of all things. He is present. And if he is present, then I bow down before him. Then my intellect and will and heart open up towards him and from him.
Adoration Determines My Life
In the risen Christ, the incarnate God is present, who suffered for us because he loves us. We enter this certainty of God's tangible love for us with love in our own hearts. This is adoration, and this then determines my life. Only thus can I celebrate the Eucharist correctly and receive the body of the Lord rightly.

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.

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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