The Eucharist – First and Foremost

“Do you not see that the sanctification of priests includes everything and everybody?

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Win over the priests to the Eucharist, and you have the entire parish; win over the parishes and you have the whole country.”

St. Peter Julian Eymard

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Where and Why?

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“Where are my priests? Why am I left alone in thousands of tabernacles all over the world? Why do so many of My priests rush by Me, never stopping to linger in the healing and strengthening radiance of My Eucharistic Face? Why are so many of My priests indifferent to the friendship I hold in reserve for them in the Sacrament that I instituted in order to be close to them and have them close to Me?”

(From In Sinu Jesu)

Jesus Waits For His Priests

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“I long for the adoration of My priests. I see other adorers before My Face and I rejoice in their presence, and I bless them with the tenderness of My Eucharistic Heart. But I look for My priests. Where are they? Why are they not the first to seek Me out in the Sacrament of My love and the last to leave Me at the close of the day? Even in the night I wait for for them. In the night hours it is possible to have an intimacy with Me that one cannot experience at other times. I wait for My priests. …I want My priests to come to Me, and I will draw them, one by one, into the radiance of My Eucharistic face. There I will refresh them and give them the choices gifts of My Heart.”

(From In Senu JesuWhen Heart Speaks to Heart – The Journal of a Priest at Prayer)

Listen My Priest!

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From time to time, it is my privilege to share the powerful exhortations posted on Vultus Christi by Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, O.S.B. –  intended to re-ignite a passionate love for the Eucharist in all of us, and most particularly in his brother priests.

Father is the Prior of the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar at Silverstream Monastery.

And now the reflection:

Listen My Priest!

Leave aside the things
that distract you from Me.
I am the One Thing Necessary to you
in this life.
Save your eyes, your ears,
your mouth, your hands, and your heart,
your whole being for Me,
and I will unite you to Myself.

Click here to read the rest.

Christ Waits For His Priests

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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.
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Stirring Up Souls

[The following post first appeared on my other blog: Harvesting The Fruits of Contemplation. It was suggested I also post it here.]
Thank God for the gift of Father Mark at Vultus Christi!, who recently reminded us:
“There is nothing…as compelling as the sight of a priest in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. In an age of locked churches, of churches opened only for ‘services’ … it is a rare thing. And yet, there is no more effective way of communicating to souls the truth about the Most Holy Eucharist.” (See his full post – When A Priest Adores here)
I certainly concur with the good Father and thank him for both translating and then sharing this excerpt of a November 1855 letter from the Bishop of Lucon to Virginie Danion: