Monday, October 19, 2009

Impediments to Receiving Priestly Graces

Jesus spoke with Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (To My Priests) of His great desire to empty His Heart of the special graces needed by priests, and of the necessity of prayer and sacrifice for priests so they will be open and prepared to receive them:

"There are impediments to receiving these graces: sin, culpable inaction, dissipation, the world, and concupiscence of the senses. There are impediments: little faith, pride from the ones who feel themselves sufficient, needing nothing, the lack of an interior life that exhausts the supernatural energies and makes one insensible for the life of grace. I cannot stop saying that the interior life is the support of the priest, that prayer is his defense and purity of soul, his life.

"All these graces are graces of love, arisen from Love itself, who is the Holy Spirit, and completed by Him, suitable for the heart of the priest. They are very special graces--that they need--graces of power: the fortitude for their temptations, of abnegation for sacrifices, of light for diffusing it into souls, of purity for shielding them against the enemy, of uprightness for the charges that they dispense, of zeal for the glory of my father, of crosses for transforming them into Me...

"It is necessary to pray, to cry out, to sacrifice and to immolate oneself, saying to my Father, through His Word, that these priestly souls may be opened, humbled, and enlarged to receive them.

"To the measure that this is done, my Father will be moved, the Holy Spirit will be felt in those sacerdotal hearts, and the rocks of many hearts will be burst open, and the portals of lukewarm priests will be opened and the hearts of fallen priests will react, and the tempted will turn their sights to heaven, and good priests will grow in virtues, in action and in unction, for receiving all this beneficial rain of gifts and of graces from the Holy Spirit which will transform them into ME.

"Then my Heart will rest from this weight of graces that I eagerly desire to spread in my beloved Church; in this way they will help me in the sanctification of priests, in the glorification of my beloved Father and they will thus console my Heart."


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. Amen.

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