Christ Waits For His Priests

Monstrance Vultus Christi

(Image Source: Vultus Christi)

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 on Vultus Christi)

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