"...I want souls who are dedicated with fervor,
with determination and without looking for rest,
to plead day and night for My priests."
~ Jesus to Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida ~
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Union With God
The good news is that
God wants closer union with us here and now
and for all eternity!
The Creator of the whole universe does not need us.
He could have been perfectly content
for all eternity
in the unity of the Holy Trinity.
God is Love! We were created by Love because He wants to share all that is good with us. We did nothing to deserve His generosity. God knew before He willed us into existence all of the ways in which He would be disappointed in us, scorned by us, rejected by us. From all eternity He knew that the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross would be unrecognized or unappreciated by many. Even so, He created the universe and all that's in it for an undeserving and often ungrateful humanity--BECAUSE HE LOVES US!
The Word, the Son of God, became flesh and dwelt among us to save us from our sins and open heaven's gates to us. The true extent of His physical, mental, and spiritual sufferings are barely known to mankind, and what is known is seldom meditated upon. We live in a world where pleasure and indulgence have become false gods for many and where the value of the cross, and what it signifies, holds little appeal for most of God's children.
Before Jesus suffered and died for us, He left His first priests, the apostles, with the mandate to stand in His place and repeat the words that change bread and wine into His Body and Blood. He arranged it so that we Catholics and the world would not be without His Real Presence, His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist. We need our Catholic priests in order to have Jesus in the Eucharist.
Jesus is both God and man. If the purpose of our lives is intimate union with God, the best place to start is with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and then spending time with Jesus outside of Mass in Eucharistic adoration. This applies even to priests as Pope Benedict XVI has said, "...the secret of their sanctification lies precisely in the Eucharist...the priest must be first and foremost an adorer who contemplates the Eucharist."
Please, Lord, sanctify Your priests, and send us many more holy priests!
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests.
Photograph by Brother Lawrence Lew, O.P., his commentary here.
The aim of one grateful heart is to express--and hopefully inspire--love, praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and reverence for Jesus in the Eucharist, and to offer an appeal for Eucharistic adoration for the sanctification of His priests as requested by Pope Benedict XVI and the Congregation for the Clergy. This site is presented in loving support, appreciation, and intercession for all Catholic priests to whom we are indebted for making the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist available for the rest of us Catholics and for the benefit of the whole world.
I am a Roman Catholic wife, mother, and grandmother who -YES- has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! What could be more personal than
receiving His Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion every day, or spending precious time with Him in daily Eucharistic adoration? Outside of heaven, I can't be closer to Jesus than when He gives Himself to me in Holy Communion or when I bask in His Eucharistic Presence.
Jesus to St. Margaret Mary ~
"Make Reparation for the ingratitude of men. Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy for sinners, to honor Me, to console Me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by My Apostles, when they did not WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME."
Jesus to Saint Faustina ~
"Adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy."
Jesus to Blessed Dina Belanger ~
"My Heart overflows with grace for souls. Bring souls to My Eucharistic Heart."
Jesus to Blessed Alexandrina da Costa
"Keep Me company in the Blessed Sacrament. I remain in the tabernacle night and day, waiting to give My love and grace to all who would visit Me."
Jesus to Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida ~
"If the faithful love Me, if they want to glorify Me as is their duty of love, nothing can be greater for them to do for Me than what they do for My priests, which is as they would have done for Me Myself..."
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!