Thursdays of Adoration and Reparation for Priests: January 2013 Archives

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Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

I am often asked what it means to make reparation or to be, as we say here at the monastery, a reparator. To be a reparator is to give Our Lord Jesus Christ what others deny Him; it is offer Him what other souls refuse to give Him, not in condemnation of such souls, but by identifying with them, and by representing them before Our Lord.

Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. (John 19:28)

Long ago, Our Lord said, "I thirst" -- yet that thirst continues, not yet quenched, because it is a thirst for souls and for the faith, and love, and adoration, and hope, and thanksgiving, and confidence that only souls can offer Him freely. The terrible thirst of Our Lord's Passion will continue until the end of time, but so too will the call to reparation continue to enliven His Church with souls who will offer themselves in the name of their brethren, to quench His thirst, and to comfort His grieving Heart.

Between the porch and the altar the priests the Lord's ministers shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: and give not thy inheritance to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them. Why should they say among the nations: Where is their God? (Joel 2:17)

The Sacrament of Love is rightly the object of reparation because it is there that Our Lord suffers the coldness, the indifference, the ingratitude, and the irreverence of men, beginning with His priests. For this reason, reparation must begin with His priests, with priests who will adore Him and, in adoring Him, offer themselves to His Heart as victims of reparation and of love.

I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled? (Luke 12:49)

Those who offer themselves to Our Lord Jesus Christ, in this way, will experience the consuming fire of His merciful love making of them a holocaust of love to Love. Our Lord will send upon them the fire of the Holy Ghost, not to destroy utterly, but to purify, leaving nothing, after its flames have done their work, but what is wholly acceptable to Him and pleasing to His Father.

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Why art Thou left alone in this Most Holy Sacrament? Where are Thy adorers and Thy friends? Has Thy Church failed to announce Thy Gospel to the world, and to make Thy presence known? Why art Thou so ignored, forsaken, and left alone in Thy tabernacles, without honour and with no one to thank Thee for the gift of Thy real presence? Why is the world kept in the dark concerning Thee in this Most Holy Sacrament, when Thou art all that this world needs, and all that souls desire?

Lord Jesus Christ,
I adore Thee who art truly present here,
with all the love of my heart.
Thou who art here for me so that I may be here for Thee,
give Thou Thyself to me
so that I may give myself to Thee.

Let nothing separate me from Thee,
and let all things work together
to bring me to Thee in faith, in hope, in love,
and in adoration.

Let me believe in Thee for those who do not believe in Thee;
hope in Thee for those who do not hope in Thee;
love Thee for those who do not love Thee;
and adore Thee for those who do not adore Thee,
especially for those of Thy priests who find themselves far from Thee,
in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Go Thou in search of them, O Jesus,
and send Thy Holy Angels out to find them wherever they may be;
and bring them back to Thee
who awaitest their return to Thy altars
and to Thy Heart
in this Most Holy Sacrament. Amen.

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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